What you discuss with your counselor will be held in confidence, and not shared with others without your written consent. However, there are some legally-bound exceptions to this rule, including: suicidal intent, homicidal intent, and child abuse. In these situations, counselors are bound by law to reveal information that can preserve the safety of their clients and others.
That said, your counselor is ethically bound to protect the confidentiality of your communications. Information discussed in counseling sessions not be released to others except with your written permission, in response to a direct court order, or in the instance of the exceptions mentioned above.
If such a situation occurs, every effort will be made to discuss it with you before any action is taken.
A 24-hour notice is required if you need to cancel or change the time of an appointment. No-shows or late cancellations will be charged half of your regular session price.
Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment, in order to avoid being charged for the session. Every effort will be made to reschedule sessions, when they are cancelled in a timely manner.
Session fees are to be paid at time of service. A no-show or late-cancellation fee will be charged if an appointment is missed, or cancelled in less than 24 hours.
You will be asked to provide your credit card at the time of your first session, to cover fees for sessions, no-shows, and late cancellations.
Boundaries and Limitations
It is important to understand that counseling is a professional relationship. While it may often feel like a close personal relationship, it is not one that can extend beyond professional boundaries, both during and after your treatment period.
Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the counseling relationship can be endangered. If you need to reach your counselor outside of your scheduled session time, please email, text, or leave a voicemail.