Your Rights and Confidentiality
- You have the right to considerate and respectful care.
- You have a right to every respect and consideration of your privacy and individuality as it relates to your social, religious, spiritual, economic, class, age, mental, emotional, physical, political, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sex, sexual orientation and psychological well being.
- You have a right to discuss your plan and goals, pacing, estimated timeframe, and the possible costs and benefits.
- You have the right to be referred to other services or professionals if I am unable to provide a service that you need or want or that is useful to you and to ask me to coordinate adjunct care with another provider (i.e., body worker, medical professional, therapist, coach).
- You have a right to question, modify and disregard any therapeutic suggestions that I may make for you. It is most helpful to your work and my work with you if you inform me of what is and is not working for you.
- You have a right to reasonable responses to your requests.
- You have a right to terminate at any time.
- To participate as honestly and openly in the process as you can.
- To participate in planning and in following through on your plan for growth and change.
- To discuss how the work is affecting you, your life, and your relationships.
- To keep me updated on any changes in your residence, telephone number, finances, mental and physical health, and work with other helping professionals or medical providers.
- To make and keep your appointments, to cancel appointments with reasonable notice, and to reschedule your appointments.
- To pay your fee each session.
- To ask questions when you don’t understand or agree with something and to discuss any concerns, needs or conflicts that may arise.
- To conclude your work in a way that helps you realize and honor the positive changes that you have made and still want to make, as well as acknowledge our work together.
Confidentiality Policies as Defined by HIPAA
HIPPA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a US law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, these standards provide patients with access to their medical records and more control over how their personal health information is used and disclosed. They represent a uniform, federal floor of privacy protections for consumers across the country. State laws providing additional protections to consumers are not affected by this new rule. www.HIPPA.com