What you share with me in counseling is confidential. In couples counseling, any information that one partner discloses to me in private may not be kept in confidence from the other partner, as partner biased confidentiality may be disruptive to the counseling process. If you choose to work with an insurance provider or disabilities claims management service, I may disclose information required to facilitate services and reimbursement. Your name, email address, and financial information will be shared with Square to process credit cards. Additionally, to insure that you receive the best possible counseling treatment, I consult with a limited number of peers, all bound to strict confidentiality. However, I am ethically and legally obligated to disclose information you shared in confidence regarding the following circumstances:
If I have reason to believe that you may harm yourself or someone else.
If I have reason to believe that you have knowledge of or are involved in child abuse, elderly abuse, or the abuse of anyone who is incapable of protecting their own rights.
If I am legally compelled to testify in a court of law.
I am in network with BCBS. If this is not your insurance carrier, I also offer sliding scale rates. If your insurance company covers out-of-network mental health counseling by an LPC, I can provide statements for you to provide to your insurance company for reimbursement. The cost of services provided is your responsibility.
I am flexible with my fee, but I only have a limited number of reduced fee spots available. If you can afford my full fee, please allow clients who can’t to fill these spots.
The Process of Counseling
In the counseling process we will explore and discuss issues that are very personal in nature. At times, it may be emotionally difficult for you to examine and work with these issues. There will likely be days that you feel emotionally exhausted after a session. It will benefit you to make time for self-care, and also take time to process the work you are doing in therapy throughout the week.
The Counseling Relationship
Despite the personal nature of the work that we will do together, it is important for you to understand that the counseling relationship is professional and not personal in nature. If we meet by chance outside the counseling session, I may not acknowledge you or may keep our interaction brief on the occasion that we do interact. If there is anything you would like to know about me, you are free to ask in the counseling session, and I will do my best to answer to your satisfaction in a manner that maintains an appropriate therapeutic relationship.
As a counselor, I believe it is my obligation to honor your values and beliefs. You are the expert of your own life, and I will work with you as an ally. I consider this work a privilege, and I offer my clients my respect and genuine self. I welcome clients from diverse and unique backgrounds, cultures, religious and non-religious beliefs, sexual identities, orientations, and practices between consenting adults. There are many paths to a healthy relationship with your partner and community.
If you are interested in couples counseling, but your partner does not want to join you in the process, we can begin the couples counseling process without your partner. This process of counseling can begin with the goal of making space for your partner, should he or she choose to join you as you begin the work of healing your relationship.
If you experience a crisis and need emergency services, please call the Travis County Crisis Hotline at 512-472-4357 or Williamson County’s Bluebonnet Trails at 800-841-1255. If you fear that you may cause harm to yourself for another person, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. I am not available for emergency phone calls.