Office Changes In Response to COVID-19
Your safety and the safety of all our clients and staff is top priority. We are asking that if you (1) have experienced flu-like symptoms including recent cough/respiratory problems (2) had a fever and (3) been out of the country or anywhere with a travel advisory in the last 21 days, do not come into the office until you are cleared by your medical provider. We are providing telehealth counseling (confidential online counseling) to clients whose insurance covers services and private pay clients. Please check with your insurance company for coverage. Lastly, please take all necessary precautions to stay healthy.
Do we really need therapy?
Jesus Himself taught in John 16:33 that while here on earth we will experience tribulation, trials, distress and frustration. There are some that experience these at a greater degree than most. You may have navigated successfully in the past but find previous coping skills are no longer meeting your needs. It could also be that your current method of coping is not healthy at all. It is during this time of self-awareness that professional support can greatly benefit and assist you by building on current strengths and help you achieve your commitment to move towards positive change. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
What should we expect?
The counseling process involves comprehensively assessing your needs, desires, and current levels of functioning across biological, psychological, social and spiritual areas. Next we will develop a treatment plan addressing these four areas. I will take your needs very seriously and do all that I can to genuinely support you, and commit to helping you attain your treatment goals. It is possible that you may at times experience the change process to be difficult and challenging. Whether it be the experience of learning new ways of coping with chronic challenges or an emotional trauma or simply a process of learning new ways to handle daily stresses and challenges, it is possible that the counseling experience may generate occasional discomfort. I will work to actively support you through this process and to direct you to other sources or support and assistance when indicated or requested. If I am not able to effectively meet your needs I will be clear with you regarding these limitations and ensure an appropriate referral.
Can we use our health insurance?
We accept several methods of public and private insurance but it is important to understand that if you are using that payment method, your insurance company will require you to have a mental health diagnosis in order to approve payment. This means that you will undergo a full Comprehensive Mental Health Assessments that assesses both your mental and substance history which will yield a diagnosis. This diagnosis information will be submitted to your insurance company for payment.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your health care team (your Physician, Attorney, etc.), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
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What is Sozo?
Goal of Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Methods of Payment
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