You have the right and freedom to choose to enter and/or stay in a counseling relationship.
However, you need "information" to make those choices. Your "informed consent" is an important part of the change process.
This page contains information to assist you with your decision.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a licensed mental health counselor and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
Responsibilities: Yours & Mine
It is important that you be an active participant in your efforts to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Your feedback and views are important to the efforts and progress we make. Please offer your views and responses that are important to you, even if I do not ask! You take an active role in your therapy in this way.
My responsibility is to be a professional listener. I promise to listen, support, suggest, and show you how to use ideas that might be beneficial to you.
Between our meetings, please reflect about what is discussed during our sessions. Sometimes it takes time for ideas to be absorbed and considered before we know if they "fit." Sometimes individuals experience strong feelings as one contemplates the counseling journey. These feelings may or may not be pleasant. Please know that we will work together to help you through the journey.
The counseling process is not a magical fix! I cannot promise that optimal results. Counseling uses proven strategies to promote change. However, "change" is not easy! My hope is that your goals will be reached and that you will gain new coping strategies that will assist you throughout the process. It may be your choice to end counseling when our goals are reached, or at some point when partial change has occurred so that you can continue on your own.