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Counselworx™ Policy

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HIPAA Notice


Confidentiality: What you say in a counseling relationship is protected by law and cannot be revealed to anyone without your written consent. Legal exceptions to this law include: revealing intent to harm yourself or someone else; information you share about an abused child or being compelled by court subpoena to release our records. You may view additional Privacy Practices at:


Policies


 Appointments: Because part of your session time is required for the review of previous session progress notes and for writing them as well, please note that a quarter hour will be deducted from session times for sessions over one hour in length. To facilitate your personal progress we recommend that you schedule two hour sessions that would be actually one and three quarter hours in duration.


Standard practice is for your first appointment to be established through email after you have purchased the desired amount of Talk Time. If you wish to continue, subsequent appointments can be set-up at the end of each appointment. If you will be continuing, a regular and ongoing appointment time may be chosen for the sake of convenience. Available hours are by appointment only using Eastern Standard Time Zone times.

 

Email: Please be advised that the confidentiality of email cannot be guaranteed, and your use of email to contact Counselworx™ assumes that you are aware of this risk. Please be aware that it is impractical for Counselworx counselors to always answer you promptly.


 Emergency Conditions: If you feel a need for immediate mental health crisis intervention, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room or dial 911 and ask for assistance.

 

e-Counseling Options: e-Counseling videoconference sessions  are conducted through Skype ®. A free download of the free program is provided on the home page. Please supply your Skype ® Number through email before the time of your scheduled appointment.

 

e-Counseling Concerns: Please be aware that much of natural human conversation is conveyed through non-verbal cues that may make it more difficult for our counselors  to fully comprehend what you are communicating. Counselors look for subtle gesticulations, hand gestures and body movements to help them be able to detect the intensity of your emotional state. When those are missing, counselors may not be able to tune into this type of communication which may delay diagnosis and subsequently treatment. In addition an offset in video eye-contact may be disturbing or distracting to you. Furthermore you may not receive necessary cues and proper feedback from Counselworx™ counselors that would help you to know that they understand your thoughts and feelings. In other words there may be deficits and drawbacks to this form of counseling that you should be aware of before agreeing to it. Notwithstanding these concerns, numerous studies agree that videoconference counseling is indeed a viable, comparable and effective alternative to office visits.

 

e-Counseling Interruptions: In the case of an interruption in service please keep your counselor's phone number nearby in order to let them know in the event that a connection  has been lost.

 

e-Counseling Out-of-State Clients: Since there is presently no uniform national licensure for counselors, each state in the United Sates regulates the practice of its own counselors. As Mental Health Counselors Licensed by the state of Indiana, Counselworx™ counselors are allowed to practice counseling only in Indiana. That means that Counselworx™  counselors are allowed to counsel with any Indiana resident and anyone who comes to Indiana for treatment. It also means that that Counselworx™ counselors are not allowed to travel to another state and practice counseling without first obtaining the proper state license to do so. To avoid counseling beyond the limitations of licensure (by counseling across state lines) and to comply with the spirit of the law, it will be important that you come to Indiana (electronically) and initiate all videoconference sessions. For Counselworx™ counselors to videoconference you unsolicited may constitute practicing in another state unlawfully. Consequently, we must agree to and schedule all videoconference sessions in advance.

 

e-Counseling Physical Location: Prior to the beginning of each and every videoconference session you must send an email of the physical address and room location where you will be conferencing from if it will be different than the one initially supplied by you. As counselors our primary responsibility in accepting you as a client is to provide for your safety when we are together. As disclosed in the confidentiality section above, Counselworx™ counselors must report to proper authorities your exact location in the event they have reason to believe you have become a danger to yourself or to another person. Every attempt will be made to discuss this with you before any action will be taken.

 

Cancellations: If you need to cancel an appointment, 24-hour notice is required. Appointments missed without 24-hour notice will not be refunded.

 

Fees:  After the initial consultation, fees are due at the beginning of each session.

 

Payments: Our Paypal website accepts debit/credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Discover) and health savings account cards. Counseling is a legitimate medical expense

 

Hardship: If you are unable to pay for services at the standard rate, we may be able to agree upon a reduced payment schedule depending on your income level. Counselworx™  also has available references to other area counselors, interns, and clinics who may have reduced rates.

 

Insurance: Counselworx™ will be happy to provide you with an electronic invoice in file format (.pdf) that you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you would like to exercise this option, please supply the email address that you would like to have invoices sent to. Please be aware that if you choose this option it will require that you receive a mental health diagnosis that may be disturbing to you.

Policy Acceptance

Consent for Services: Indiana state law requires mental health providers to obtain a signed consent for services. I, the undersigned, a legal adult over the age eighteen (18) or older, have read the policies of Counselworx™ and understand and agree to them. I agree and consent to participate to the mental health services offered at Counselworx™. I understand that I am consenting and agreeing only to those mental health services that Counselworx™ counselors are qualified to provide within the scope of their certification and training as Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

Thank you for agreeing to and accepting Counselworx™ Policies. Your counselor will be notified as soon as possible.
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Under 18?

People under 18 must have the permission of a parent or guardian in order to receive counseling services