The following is information that may be useful should you choose to use your insurance coverage. First, it is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. You should carefully read the section in your insurance coverage booklet that describes mental health services. If you have questions about the coverage, call your plan administrator. Some helpful questions you can ask them are:
[bra_toggle collapsable=”yes” caption=”Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?”]Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the therapist-client relationship. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust so that highly sensitive subject matter can be discussed in a meaningful way. I will provide you a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss with me will not be shared with anyone without your consent. Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Nutritionist, Teacher), but by law, I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. However, there are some disclosures that do not require your Authorization, as follows:
There are some situations in which I am legally obligated to take actions, which I believe are necessary to attempt to protect others from harm and I may have to reveal some information about your treatment. These situations are unusual in my practice and include the following circumstances:
If such a situation arises, I will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action and I will limit my disclosure to what is necessary. In all other situations, I will ask you for an advance authorization before disclosing any information about you. While this written summary of exceptions to confidentiality should prove helpful in informing you about potential problems, it is important that we discuss any questions or concerns that you may have now or in the future. The laws governing confidentiality can be quite complex, and I am not an attorney. In situations where specific advice is required, formal legal advice may be needed.