Christian Counselors provides quality counseling services that are distinctively Christian in orientation. We believe that upon beginning to work with us, you will experience the benefits of our commitment to excellence.
Successful counseling relationships are built on clear expectations. Here are the principles, policies, and procedures that will impact our journey together. Questions can readily be discussed during the Orientation and Assessment session or with your counselors at any time.
Be assured that a certain amount of anxiety before and during early sessions is normal. You should also expect that you may feel worse before you begin to feel better. The process of counseling will involve speaking about experiences that are very difficult to face. Although few people find the process pleasurable, most people find counseling helpful and ultimately very rewarding.
Many people have pre-formed ideas about what a Christian Counselor would want them to talk about or how they "should be" during a session. Please be assured that you are not on stage. Honesty about your thoughts and feelings is the most important contribution you can make to the process. Your counselor will provide you with attention and respect along with expertise in an effort to help you resolve the difficulties that brought you to Christian Counselors. Our goal is to help you enjoy the fullness of all you were made to be.
Counselors and clients will jointly clarify goals, methods and approaches. Our assessment procedures are designed to be thorough a nd to enable you to express your story, struggles and desires. Clients are free to accept the counseling plan that your counselor offers or may ask to explore alternative strategies. It is acceptable to request a referral to another counselor when additional expertise or another perspective is desired.
A unique distinctive of Christian Counselors is that our staff are competent and prepared to blend resources from the Christian faith into our counseling plans when this is the expressed desire of our clients. You will set the expectations and the preferences for your counseling care.
We are committed to keeping your information confidential. The law, professional ethics, and common sense prohibit anything you say or do from being shared with anyone else without your written permission. These are the exceptions that you should know about:
HIPAA Privacy Regulations have been established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a minimum level of privacy protection for health care information. The Privacy Rule establishes a patient's rights regarding the use and disclosure of his/her health care information. Each medical/mental health practice that collects health care information must take steps to control access to this patient data as well as to inform patients of their privacy rights. Christian Counselors handles your health information in ways that are consistent with these regulations.
Our explicit policies to protect the privacy of your personal health information are as follows:
Protecting your privacy is important. If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy, please ask during the orientation and assessment session or speak with your counselor.
By proceeding, you indicate that you understand how Christian Counselors abides by HIPAA confidentiality and privacy guidelines.
Christian Counselors is not equipped to supervise children. Please do not leave your children unattended in the waiting room.
By proceeding, you indicate that you understand that you are directly responsible for the full session fee for any missed appointments unless you call to cancel/reschedule at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Various types of electronic communications are common in our society. Many individuals believe this is the preferred method of communication, whether their relationships are social or professional. Many of these modes of communication put privacy at risk. Therefore this can be inconsistent with the law and with the standards of the mental health profession. These policies are posted to assure the security and confidentiality of your consultation as well as to assure that it is consistent with ethics and the law.
By proceeding, you consent to the use of texting to schedule appointments with your counselor.
By proceeding you indicate that you understand that, should you choose to utilize the Initial Consultation service, you agree to pay the $75.00 and all future fees out-of-pocket.
By proceeding you indicate that you understand that payment is due at the beginning of each session unless other arrangements are made.
By proceeding you indicate that you understand that you are responsible to pay the full session fee at the time of service.
By proceeding, you indicate that you have read and understood the information regarding fees, and crisis services.
I authorize payment to be made to Christian Counselors.
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