INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS
Welcome to my therapy practice. I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to provide counseling services to you.
I would like to answer some questions clients often ask about therapy. It is important that we know how we will work together. I believe our work will be more helpful if we have a general understanding of the process and procedures from the start.
After you read this, I invite you to ask any questions you may have. We can discuss any concerns that you may have or I can clarify any points as needed. When you have read and fully understood this information, I will ask that you sign at the end of this stating that you have read a copy of this page. You may request a copy of this for your records.
BENEFITS AND RISKS OF THERAPY
As with any treatment, there are some risks as well as many benefits with participating in therapy. You should think about the benefits and risks when making any treatment decisions. For example, in therapy there is a risk that clients will, for a time, have uncomfortable levels of sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, helplessness or other negative feelings. Clients may recall unpleasant memories. These feelings or memories may bother a client outside of our sessions together. Sometimes, too a client’s problems may temporarily worsen after the beginning of treatment. Most of these risks are to be expected when people are talking about difficult topics and thens tarting to make important changes in their lives. FInally, you should know that even with our best effort, there is a slight risk that therapy may not work out as well as hoped.
While you consider these risks, you should also know that the benefits of therapy have been shown by thousands of well-designed research studies and by people’s firsthand reports of its benefits. People who are depressed may find their mood lifting. Others may no longer feel afraid, angry, or anxious. In therapy, people have a chance to talk things out fully until their feelings are relieved or they find solutions to their problems. Clients’ relationship and coping skills may improve greatly. They may get more satisfaction out of relationships. Their personal goals and values may become clearer. They may grow in many ways, especially in their ability to enjoy their lives.
In, during the course of treatment, we discover you can benefit from a treatment I cannot provide, I will assist you in obtaining it. You ahve a right to aask me about other treatments, their risks and their benefits. Based on what I learn about your problems, I may recommend a medical exam or use of medicaiton. If I do this, I will fully discuss my reasons with you, but ultimately you decide what is best for you. If you are treatment by another professional in conjuntion with our therapy together, I will coordinate my services with them in an effort for ys to give you the most comprehensive treatment possible.
If for some reason treatment is not going well, I might suggest you see another therapist or another professional in addition to me. As a responsible person and ethical therapist, I cannot continue to treat you if my treatment is not working for you. If you desire another professional’s opinion at any time, or wish to talk with another therapist, I ask that you discuss with me so that I can help you find a qualified person and I can provide her or him with the information needed.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR RELATIONSHIP
Psychologial services are best provided in an atmosphere of trust. You expect me to be honest with you about your issues and progress in treatment I expect you to be honest with me about your expectations for services, your compliance with medication, and any other barriers you are experiencing in being successful with your treatment.
As a professional, I will use my best knowledge and skills to help you. This includes following the standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA)