Here is some info about my practice policies, which will help you know what to expect.
APPOINTMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS: Please remember to cancel or reschedule 24 hours in advance. If for any reason other than illness or an emergency, you fail to keep an appointment without giving 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged a $60 missed appointment fee the first time and the full fee for the time reserved on subsequent occasions. This is necessary because a time commitment is made to you and is held exclusively for you. Please make every effort to be on time for your appointment. If you are late for a session, I will see you for the remainder of the time scheduled for the full fee. Please be aware your session will end at the scheduled time.
TELEPHONE ACCESSIBILITY: If you need to contact me between sessions, please leave a message on my voice mail. I am often not immediately available; however, I will attempt to return your call within 24 hours. Please note the confidentiality of phone calls cannot be guaranteed, so for discussions about therapeutic issues, it is preferable to have face to face or secure video sessions. If a true emergency situation occurs, please call 911 or go to a local emergency room.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATION: Due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing dual relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can discuss this further.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: I cannot ensure the confidentiality of any form of communication through electronic media, including email and text messages. If you prefer to communicate via email or text for scheduling or cancelling appointments, I will do so. While I will try to return messages in a timely manner, I cannot guarantee immediate response, and therefore request that you do not use these methods of communication to discuss therapeutic content and/or request assistance for emergencies.