Informed Consent for Treatment and Fee Agreements
This statement of understanding contains important information about our professional services, business policies, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under the HIPAA law, we are required to provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices for use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). After reviewing the statement of understanding, informed consent, and the Notice of Privacy Practices forms, please sign, which will then represent an agreement between you and The Rock Counseling Group. You have the right to revoke this agreement at any time in writing. We will honor the revocation unless we have already acted upon your previous authorization, or if there are obligations imposed on The Rock Counseling Group by your health insurer to process or substantiate claims, or if you have not satisfied any financial obligations you incurred for services received.
Psychotherapy Services Provided
The purpose of psychotherapy is to help clients address various problems or issues within a supportive, comfortable, and private environment. Successful psychotherapy requires clients to make an honest and active effort. Psychotherapy is a process that frequently requires time for changes to occur. The initial process of psychotherapy involves an assessment period that usually lasts for the first few sessions. This assessment period allows your therapist to gain an understanding of your issues and to then develop a treatment plan to address your specific therapeutic issues most effectively.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing both pleasant and unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness during or after your sessions. Please inform your therapist if you experience these issues and so they can do their best to address your concerns. On the other hand, psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for people, including better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. Often, during psychotherapy, additional problems may become identified which were not known by your therapist or by you at the onset of counseling. If this occurs, your therapist will do their best to address these as they arise. However, there are no guarantees of any particular type of experience.
Therapists at The Rock Counseling Group believe that the benefits of psychotherapy outweigh the risks. If you have questions or concerns regarding your experience with our services or treatment approaches, they should first be discussed with your therapist. Our staff will take this feedback with care and respect and work with you. We can also provide you with additional referral information if appropriate.