If you miss an appointment and do not call to cancel within 30 minutes of your appointment start time, you will be charged for the missed session.
For planned absences like vacations, please provide at least one week's notice.
For illness or emergency, call or email as you can. You may choose to do a phone session if you are feeling up to talking, but need to stay at home. Or you can request a make-up session if I have an available appointment. You will be allowed 3 cancellations per calendar year without charge for those times we can't reschedule. Any additional absences will be charged at your full session fee. Please do not come to the office if you are sick.
If I am sick, I will contact you as soon as I can to cancel and offer to reschedule if at all possible. When I take vacation, I will provide at least two weeks notice.
I unplug from email and phone from Thursday to Sunday. My vacation and unplugged calendar is here
. If you need to speak to someone urgently during that time, call the Contra Costa Crisis Center at 800-833-2900 or your local crisis center if you live in a different county.
Your personal health information is held in strict confidentiality, following the regulations of HIPAA (download a copy here
) and the State of California.
These regulations include the following exceptions:
- When you authorize a release of information.
- When I'm lawfully ordered by a court to release information.
- When you pose a serious danger to yourself or others.
- When child abuse (including the use of child pornography), elder abuse or dependent adult abuse is suspected.
Please note that when you communicate with me electronically, via email, portable telephone or cell phone there is a risk that your communication may be seen or heard by others. Similarly, if you "Like" my FaceBook page, follow me on Twitter, or connect through Google+, please be sure to limit your responses only to those you feel comfortable sharing with others who may see your posts, likes or favorites.
There is no set time limit on therapy, unless you have personal or financial constraints. It's time to end therapy when you feel like your goals have been met and you have the tools you need to cope well with most life situations.
Ideally, we will have as many sessions as you need to talk about the end of your therapy, to review your successes and plan for your future needs. As an attachment therapist, I don't see termination as a final ending. If you want to keep me posted on your life, I welcome your emails. And if you need a "tune-up" now and then, I'm happy to see you.
Find out if therapy can help. Call (925)335-6441
to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. I respond to inquiries Monday through Thursday, except during unpluggled time.
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