This is confidential, right?
At Clarity Counseling, your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Everything you say will stay with your individual counselor unless you sign a Release of Information giving your counselor permission to share your information with someone specific, for example your psychiatrist. There are three important exceptions to confidentiality:
1. Counselors are mandated reporters and required by law to report all instances of suspected child and/or elder abuse.
2. Counselors have a duty to warn. In the event there is an “imminent danger” to yourself or to others, we are required to take the necessary measures to promote safety.
3. In the event of a Court Order, counselors will release information that is pertinent only to the matter before the Court.
How long will it take?
This is an important consideration for most. The length of time in counseling varies and is usually correlated to the nature of the reason for seeking counseling. The number one reason we as counselors have chosen this profession is because we take great joy and satisfaction in helping people. We respect the rights and freedoms of those who come to see us and will periodically assess your progress with you to determine the appropriateness of continuing counseling. We will share our recommendations with you and will also always recognize your capacity for self-determination. That said, the therapeutic process is generally not a quick process and can be emotionally exhausting, so counselors will also periodically assess the pace of counseling with you to avoid overwhelming you or wasting your time.
How often do we meet?
We believe it is important to establish a good working relationship with your counselor and will recommend weekly appointments early in the counseling process. However, we can be available to meet with greater or less frequency depending on your individual needs.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes and No.
LPCC’s will bill insurance on your behalf. However, insurance companies require that the service is medically necessary, and to meet that requirement, a diagnostic assessment must be done or be on record from a previous physician, psychiatrist and/or counselor. An LPCC will be able to perform the diagnostic assessment with you during your initial visits. Insurance does not cover marital/couples therapy. It does, however, cover family therapy when conditions within the family will exacerbate the mental health condition. Some people choose not to use insurance as a payment source to avoid having a diagnosis on their permanent medical record, to ensure even greater confidentiality, and to have the choice over how often and how many sessions they need. In the event you choose not to use your insurance coverage, you can choose to meet with whichever therapist you are most comfortable with.
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