* The practice of licensed or registered persons in the field of psychotherapy is regulated by the Mental Health Licensing Section of the Division of Professions and Occupations. The Board of Psychologist Examiners can be reached at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, Colorado 80202, (303) 894-7800. As to the regulatory requirements applicable to mental health professionals: A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold a Master’s degree in their profession and have two years of post-masters supervision. A Licensed Psychologist must hold a doctorate degree in psychology and have one year of post-doctoral supervision. A Licensed Social Worker must hold a Master’s degree in social work. A Psychologist Candidate, a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate must hold the necessary licensing degree and be in the process of completing the required supervision for licensure. A Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) must be a high school graduate, and complete required training hours and 1000 hours of supervised experience. A CAC II must complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A CAC III must have a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, and complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A Licensed Addiction Counselor must have a clinical Master’s degree and meet the CAC III requirements. A Registered Psychotherapist is registered with the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists, is not licensed or certified, and no degree, training or experience is required.
* You are entitled to receive information from your therapist about the methods of therapy, the techniques used, the duration of your therapy, if known, and the fee structure. You can seek a second opinion from another therapist or terminate therapy at any time.
* In a professional relationship, sexual intimacy is never appropriate and should be reported to the board that licenses, registers, or certifies the licensee, registrant or certificate holder.
* The information provided by and to you as a client during assessment and therapy sessions is legally confidential and generally cannot be released without the client’s consent. There are exceptions to this confidentiality, which are listed in the Notice of Privacy Practices you were provided. For instance, if we are directed by a judge in a court of law to reveal information, then we must do so. Additionally, if you provide us with information about child abuse or neglect, abuse or neglect of the elderly, or abuse or neglect of a compromised adult, we must report that information immediately. If you tell us that you intend to harm someone else or yourself, we are required by law to reveal that information to the authorities and to the individual who may be harmed. In addition, we are required to work with you closely to preserve your safety. If a legal exception arises during therapy, if feasible, you will be informed accordingly.
* Every Psychologist engaged in the practice of psychology as defined in C.R.S.§ 12-43-303 shall create and maintain records on each of his/her psychology clients. The Psychologist shall retain a record on each psychology client for a period of seven (7) years commencing on the date of termination of psychology services or on the date of last contact with the client, whichever is later.