Frequently Asked Questions
Is what I talk about in therapy confidential?
As your therapist, I recognize that you are entrusting me with private information about your life and the lives of your family members. Because of this, I take my obligation of confidentiality extremely seriously. This means that I will not release any information about you without your expressed written consent, unless I am required by law to do so. According to Florida law, I am required to break confidentiality if you are in danger of hurting yourself or another person, or if I am made aware of ongoing child abuse or elder abuse. I will always do my best to inform you in advance if I am in a position of breaking confidentiality.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
I require 24 hours notice to cancel a session. This allows me to schedule the time with another client. If you do not cancel a session with at least 24 hours notice, you will be charged the full fee for that session.
What if I need to get in touch with you?
I make every effort to return calls within 24 hours. However, I do not provide crisis or emergency services. If you need immediate assistance in the event of a mental health crisis, please call First Call for help by dialing 211. If you need immediate assistance in the event of an emergency, call 911.
Can I bring someone to a session?
Sometimes it is helpful for a client’s spouse/partner, family member, child(ren) or another support person to attend a session. Before any such takes place, we will discuss and decide what information is appropriate to discuss and disclose.
Who should I call in case of an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
Is it possible to have contact through e-mail or online between sessions?
Some clients prefer to support our face to face sessions with online chats or e-mail communication. If you are interested in this, please let me know and we can discuss the fee structure for this. This is not a suitable format for crisis or emergency situations.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. However, many insurance plans offer “out of network” out patient mental health benefits which reimburse you for a portion of psychotherapy fees. Contact your insurance company for more information about this. If needed, I can provide you with the receipts they need for reimbursement.