My primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, but I also use Reality, Client-Centered, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy when they are appropriate. These approaches focus on the present, and generally have a problem-solving approach. I also use a strength-based approach which empowers the client to set their own goals and make their own decisions about what is the best solution for any issues. I believe that all clients can reach solutions and achieve goals, with the counselor acting as a guide in the therapeutic
In the sessions, we often develop short- and long- term goals, and work with those in mind. Occasionally, I will ask that you attempt any homework that I may suggest and discuss your experiences completing those tasks in our following sessions. Often clients that contribute to their therapy by sharing honestly and working in and outside of our sessions will see growth and completion of goals.
Session Fees and Length of Service
Cash, Check or Credit Card. Your first session will last approximately one hour. Each subsequent session will last between 45 and 60 minutes. The fees/co-pay due upon service can be discussed with our office
Third Party Payers.
As a courtesy we will bill your insurance company, HMO, responsible party or third-party payer for you if requested. We ask that at each session you pay your co-pay. In the event you have not met your deductible, the full fee is due at each session until the deductible is satisfied. If your insurance company denies payment or does not cover counseling, we request that you pay the balance due
It is expected that your session will begin at the agreed upon time. Any session that begins after this time due to late arrival (for any reason) cannot be extended beyond the agreed finish time. Please provide 24 hours' notice should you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Frequent missed appointments will lead to additional charges that will not be covered by your insurance company or other third-party payers. Three missed appointments without prior notice can result in the termination of service (at the discretion of the counselor
Use of Diagnosis
Some health insurance companies will reimburse clients for counseling services and some will not. In addition, most will require a diagnosis of a mental-health condition and indicate that you must have an "illness" before they will agree to reimburse you. Some conditions for which people seek counseling do not qualify for reimbursement. If a qualifying diagnosis is appropriate in your case, I will inform you of the diagnosis before we submit the diagnosis to the health insurance company. Any diagnosis made will become part of your permanent insurance records.
All communication becomes a part of the clinical record, which is accessible to you upon request. Your verbal communication and clinical records are strictly confidential. You should be aware, however, that legal and ethical requirements specify certain conditions in which it may be necessary for me to discuss certain information about your treatment with other professionals. If you have any questions about these limitations, please ask me about them before we begin our sessions.
Confidentiality will be limited if/when:
Information (diagnosis and dates of service) is shared with your insurance company to process your claims, You and/or your child(ren) report physical or sexual abuse; then, by North Carolina State Law, your counselor is obligated to report this to the Department of Social Services, You sign a release of information to have specific information shared, You provide information that informs your counselor that you are in danger or harming yourself or others, Information necessary for case supervision or consultation, or Required by a court order.
Complaints Although clients are encouraged to discuss any concerns with me, you may file a complaint against me with the organization below should you feel I am in violation of any of these codes of ethics. I abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (http://www.counseling.org/Resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf Complaint
forms can be found at https://ncblcmhc.org/Assets/Complaint_Form/Complaint_Form.pdf_an
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
P.O. Box 77819 Greensboro, NC 27417
Phone: 844-622-3572 or 336-217-6007 Fax: 336-217-9450
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