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What does confidentiality mean in therapy?

Laws and the ACA Code of Ethics forbids me from sharing 

your information with others unless you would give me written consent to do so. There are a couple other very specific reasons I would be mandated to do which are safety related. I will explain this more in detail at our first session. Confidentiality and trust is imperative to the therapeutic process, so it is important you feel comfortable sharing things during our sessions. 

Why don't you accept insurance?

Insurance has advantages and disadvantages.  A few major disadvantages with insurance when it comes to psychotherapy is that they will tell me how long and how often I will be able to see you (this can be drastically different than your clinical need).  They will also have permanent access to your mental health information.  Insurance companies dictate who you can see by controlling who can join their network.  When we providers choose to opt out of joining these networks, it allows for the provider and you to determine your course of treatment.  You'll also be assured that your records will never be released unless you give me written consent to do so.  Many insurance plans do offer "out of network" benefits that you could potentially use for reimbursement.  I would be able to provide you the documentation needed to do this.   It is also required that I provide you a "Good Faith Estimate" to avoid any surprise costs to you.  Please see the link for more details on this

How long will I be in therapy?

There is no exact answer to the length of time people are in therapy.  Everyone is different, and their needs differ.  We will always discuss goals and progress as a team to best determine what is best for you. 

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