What to expect:
Below you will find information on my credentials, the process of counseling, confidentiality, emergencies, and other details about the process.
Licensure and Credentials: I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, (License Number: 180.008479) in the state of Illinois and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License Number: 000009219) in the state of Massachussets, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor, NCC, through The National Board of Professionals Counselors (www.nbcc.com).
Therapy Style: Using the principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) I provide empirically supported treatment. I focus on changing thought patterns and behavior leading to reduced symptoms.
Scheduling an Appointment: When you inquire about our servics you will be asked for a brief description of your concerns and the service you are interested in to determine if services provided by us match your needs and goals. To begin our work together we will then schedule an initial assessment. The first session is scheduled for 60 minutes. Typical sessions are 45-50 min long.
Initial Assessment: Depending on the presenting issue the assessment phase usually takes 1-3 sessions. I will provide feedback, recommendations and expectations for the range and length of therapy/treatment.
Fees and Payment Policy: Fees are charged by professional time. My fee schedule has been established after careful consideration and takes into account my experience and expertise and the service provided. Payment is required at the time of service. You may also pay in cash or check. You may also authorize payment with your credit card. A billing statement will be provided to you at the end of each month.
Insurance: The Surmount Center for Cognitive Behavioral Health, LLC does not participate in any insurance network, including Medicare and Medicaid. Your health insurance may provide coverage for outpatient mental health services. If you would like to use your insurance I recommend that you verify your out of network mental health benefits. Most insurance providers will not cover distance counseling. However, some insurance carriers will cover distance counseling via videoconferencing, within their parameters.
Cancellation Policy: Your appointment time is reserved for you. In the event that you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, you are asked to notify us at last 24 hours in advance with a phone call or email. If such notice is not received or services are cancelled within 24 hours you are financially responsible for the session you missed and no refund will be issued.
Service Satisfaction Policy: For distance counseling, in anticipation of technical or other life difficulties, I promise to make every effort to provide the service you have requested in the timeliest manner possible. If necessary I will reschedule the session to a later date to insure you receive the service you have paid for.
Confidentiality: The cornerstone of ethical therapy practice is strict protection of your confidentiality. In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a patient and the therapist. I will not disclose any information to others except with your written permission and in the following rare circumstance: If you disclose information to me that provides reasonable evidence that a child, an elderly person or a disabled person is being abused or neglected, I am mandated by law to make a report to the appropriate authorities for investigation.If you give clear evidence of posing serious threat of harm to yourself or another person, I am mandated to take measures to protect you and identifiable persons at risk of harm. This may involve violating your confidentiality by involving your family or other treaters, or by taking steps to keep you or others safe through hospitalization. In the rare event that this should occur, we will make every effort to talk first about your options and preferences. Furthermore, if mandated by subpoena, I will discuss with you my legal obligation to submit medical records to the courts, as well as the content of those records.
Mental Health Emergency
Distance counseling is not for you if you are considering hurting yourself (suicide) or hurting someone else. If you have suicidal thoughts or are afraid that you might hurt someone seek immediate help. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room and ask for help.
If you are feeling suicidal and you have no other immediate resources please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This Lifeline supports people who call for themselves or someone they care about.