HIPPA

CONFIDENTIALITY

All information disclosed within clinical sessions and the written record pertaining to those sessions, are confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law. Disclosure may be required in the following circumstances: when there is a reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect; when a patient presents a danger to him/herself or to others; or is gravely disabled.

Disclosure may also be required pursuant to a legal proceeding. If you place your mental status at issue in litigations by yourself, the defendant may have the right to obtain the psychotherapy records and/or testimony by Dr. Rhonda Greenberg. When couples and/or families are in treatment together, different family members may, at times, be treated individually; in these circumstances, confidentiality and privilege do not apply between the couple or the family members. Dr. Rhonda Greenberg will use her clinical judgment if and when revealing such information.

• If, during treatment, there is a clinical emergency, or Dr. Rhonda Greenberg has reasonable concern regarding, the patient’s ability to maintain his/her own personal safety, or the patient’s possible risk of harm to another person, Dr. Rhonda Greenberg is ethically and legally required to exercise whatever actions, within the limits of the law, are possible to prevent the patient from injuring him/herself or others. For this purpose, Dr. Rhonda Greenberg may also contact the person listed on the Intake Form for emergencies.

THE PROCESS OF TREATMENT/EVALUATIONS

Participating in psychotherapy can result in a number of benefits for a patient, including improving interpersonal relationships, and the resolution of specific concerns and/or problems that led a patient to seek treatm

Working toward these benefits, however, requires effort from the patient. Psychotherapy requires a patient’s active involvement, honesty, and openness in order to achieve the necessary cognitive/behavioral goals.

During evaluation or treatment, remembering or discussing unpleasant events, emotions, or thoughts can result in a patients experiencing considerable discomfort or strong feelings of anger, sadness, worry, fear, etc., or experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. Attempting to resolve issues that brought a patient to treatment initially, such as interpersonal relationship, may result in changes that were not originally considered or intended. Psychological treatment may result in changes regarding behavior, employment, chemical/substance use, education, residency and relationships. Sometimes a patient’s decision is viewed positively and/or negatively by others in the patient’s family, personal, and/or workplace environment. You are responsible for your own behaviors and emotions. Dr. Greenberg is available to facilitate your understanding of your choices and provide healthy strategies and coping techniques.

If at any time a patient needs another professional opinion or wishes to consult with another clinician, we will assist in locating a qualified practitioner; and, with the patient’s written consent, will provide essential information needed.

A patient has the right to terminate treatment at any time. If a patient chooses to do so, Dr. Rhonda Greenberg will offer to provide information for other qualified clinicians whose services might be have read, understand, and agree to comply with the following office policies:

PAYMENTS & INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT

Telephone conversations, site visits, report writing and reading, consultation with other professionals, release of information, extended sessions, travel time, etc. will be charged at the standard fee rate, unless otherwise agreed upon.

Please notify Dr. Greenberg if any problem arises during the course of treatment regarding your ability to make timely payments.

If you account becomes unpaid or overdue, and there is no written agreement for a payment plan, Dr. Greenberg may use legal means (court, collection agency, etc.) to recover all fees and collection costs due and payable.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Since the scheduling of an appointment involves the reservations of time specific for each patient, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for rescheduling or canceling an appointment.