Colorado Law: Mandatory Disclosure

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USA english speakingLegitimation från Colorado, USA, LPC #2335, information om klientens rättigheter:

Mandatory Disclosure Statement:

In the case of psychiatric emergency, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 112.

My Degrees Are

  • Master of Art Counseling/School Counseling, 1995
  • Masters of Art Religion, 1996
  • I became a Licensed Professional Counselor #LPC 2335, 1999
  • I became a Legitimerad Psykoterapeut Sweden, 2015

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has the general responsibility of regulating the practice of licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed school psychologists practicing outside the school setting, licensed or certified addiction counselors, and unlicensed individuals who practice psychotherapy.

The agency within the department that has the responsibility specifically for licensed and unlicensed psychotherapists is the

Department of Regulatory Agencies, Mental Health Section, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, Colorado 80202.Phone 303-894-7766.

Client Rights And Important Information:

  1. You are entitled to receive information from me about my methods of therapy, the techniques I use, the duration of your therapy (If I can determine it), and my fee structure. Please ask if you would like to receive this information.
  2. You can seek a second opinion from another therapist or terminate therapy at any time.
  3. In a professional relationship (such as ours), sexual intimacy between a therapist and a client is never appropriate. If sexual intimacy occurs, it should be reported to the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Mental Health section.
  4. Generally speaking, the information provided by and to a client during therapy sessions is legally confidential if the therapist is a licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed or certified addiction counselor, or an unlicensed psychotherapist. If the information is legally confidential, the therapist cannot be forced to disclose the information without the client’s consent.
  5. Information disclosed to a licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed or certified addiction counselor, or an unlicensed psychotherapist is privileged communication and cannot be disclosed in any court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Colorado without the consent of the person to whom the testimony sought relates.
  6. There are exceptions to the general rule of legal confidentiality. These exceptions are listed in the Colorado statutes (C.R.S. 12-43-218). You should be aware that provisions concerning disclosure of confidential communications shall not apply to any delinquency or criminal proceedings, except as provided in section 13-90-107 C.R.S. There are exceptions that I will identify to you as the situations arise during therapy. One such situation would be if you express the intent to harm yourself or any other person, under which I would be required by Colorado and Federal law to disclose to proper authorities and the person(s) possibly harmed.
  7. Also, I am required to report child abuse and neglect. If you are a minor, and I feel you are engaging in high risk behavior, I may inform you parents or custodian. If you are a minor, it is possible that your parents/custodian(s) could get information from your record. There may be laws that come to be where reporting of adult abuse could also be mandatory. Although Privileged Communication does exist in Colorado, there are certain circumstances where a judge can over rule this and require confidential information to be provided. In general, it is probably a good idea to assume that if any court or legal process is involved, that confidentiality, or privilege is NOT guaranteed. In other words, potentially, all of your records with me are potentially “discoverable“, especially if mental health is identified as an issue in the legal proceedings. Certain information will be provided to third party payers (e.g., insurance companies, employee assistance programs, etc.) for billing purposes. Also, third party payers may audit some files, and could audit your file and have access to information from your file. If we do couples counseling I will not guarantee to keep “secrets” you have disclosed from your counseling partner.  If you have any questions or doubts about confidentiality, please ask me now. Confidentiality may also be broken in the case of any filing with a licensing or regulatory board, organization, or agency, or if a malpractice lawsuit is filed.
  8. In general, if you are unhappy, uncomfortable, displeased, upset, disappointed, or unsatisfied with any part of our therapy process, billing or anything else, please bring these issues if there are any to my attention so we can discuss it and deal with it in a constructive and helpful way.
  9. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to ask.

Sessions

Sessions are typically scheduled for 60 minutes, with the last 10 minutes for closure and scheduling the next appointment. Frequency of sessions will be determined by the counselor and client.  You may be referred to a health care provider or support group in the community, or a combination of the two if necessary.  It is essential for you to feel comfortable with your counselor.

Payment Policy

I see clients on a fee-for-service basis only.  The client/parent is responsible for payment in full at the time of each session.  I charge 600.00 per 50 minute session. If this is a financial hardship, we can have a conversation about an amount that is reasonable to both parties.

Cancellations

I understand that it may, at times, be necessary to cancel an appointment.  To help me be most efficient and responsible in the use of my time, I ask that any changes or cancellations be made at least 24 hours in advance.  If no-shows or cancellations are impeding my ability to schedule other clients in a timely manner, a fee equal to ½ the session fee may be charged.

http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DORA-Reg/CBON/DORA/1251632086729

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