The purpose of counseling is to help the client make changes that can be integrated into all aspects of one’s life.
A unique relationship develops between the client and the therapist as a healing partnership. This therapeutic partner-ship develops as each takes responsibility for their share of the work.
It is the therapist’s responsibility to give competent, compassionate counseling in a safe context. By safe context, the therapist must keep confidential communication related to the counseling process.
It is the client’s responsibility to keep appointments, pay the negotiated fee, and honestly and earnestly take part in the process of personal change.
A therapist cannot share any information about you, unless you authorize him to do so. For example, if you use insurance to help pay for counseling, you must authorize Dr. Miller to release only the information the insurance company needs to process your claim. Everything said in a therapy session stays there.
Your Records are Confidential
All client information and records are confidential within the boundaries and standards of professional and legal requirements. This means that psychotherapists cannot reveal any information about the client without written consent. This safeguards the client’s privacy and ensures trust between client and psychotherapist. You can expect competent, compassionate counseling within a safe context.
Initially, Appointments are Weekly
Appointments are made by calling Dr. Miller to arrange the initial appointment. In the first session, he and client will discuss the extent of the problem. Usually appointments are scheduled on a weekly basis. If the needs of the individual or couple dictate more frequent sessions, Dr. Miller will describe a plan for addressing this.
The goals of therapy that are developed in the first and second sessions will be re-evaluated at the end of two months of counseling to decide if the client’s needs are adequately being addressed. If significant progress has been made, then this may be the time to discuss termination of therapy. The client or couple may decide to revise the treatment and develop new goals for continuing counseling.
Liability Insurance Protects the Public
Mental health professionals are expected to carry liability insurance to protect the public from neglect or harm that may come from offering counseling services. This is to safeguard your privacy and build the sacred trust between therapist and client. Dr. Miller carries a standard liability policy.
It’s important to keep Appointments
To maintain progress in therapy, it is important to keep all scheduled appointments. If it is necessary to cancel an appointment, the client needs to reschedule within that week. There may be a charge for missed appointments.
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Fees & Insurance
The client pays the agreed fee at the end of each session. At this time, debit cards and credit cards are not accepted. All professional services rendered are charged to the patient and are due at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
Necessary forms will be completed to file for insurance carrier payments. Accepted insurance include Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and its subsidiaries, United Healthcare and Medicare. If the client does not have one of the afore-mentioned insurance, then payment is considered private pay – out-of-pocket. Dr. Miller will discuss his fee scale at that time. Whether the client uses insurance or pays out-of-pocket, the client is ultimately responsible for paying the agreed upon fee.