INFORMED CONSENT TO INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

give my consent to Jamie Vollmoeller, LCSW (the “psychotherapist”) to provide psychotherapeutic treatment to me.

While I expect benefits from treatment, I fully understand that no particular outcome can be guaranteed. I understand that I am free to discontinue treatment at any time but that it would be best to discuss with the psychotherapist any plans to end therapy before doing so.

I have fully discussed with the psychotherapist what is involved in psychotherapy and I understand and agree to the policies about scheduling, fees and missed appointments. I understand that I am fully financially responsible for treatment, which, if I have health insurance, includes any portion of the psychotherapist’s fees that are not reimbursed by my insurance. I understand that the frequency of my sessions will be weekly that I am fully responsible for payment of all deductibles and co-payments if I have health insurance, that the frequency of billing will be weekly and that payment will be due at the session that immediately follows my receipt of bill, and that I will be responsible for payment in full for any cancellation (please note that insurers don’t pay for canceled sessions).

Our discussion about therapy has included he psychotherapist’s evaluation and diagnostic formulation of my problems, the method of treatment, goals and length of treatment, and information about record keeping. I have been informed about and understand the extent of treatment, its foreseeable benefits and risks, and possible alternative methods of treatment. I understand that therapy can sometimes cause upsetting feelings to emerge, that I may feel worse temporarily before feeling better, and that I may experience distress caused by changes I may decide to make in my life as a result of therapy.

I understand that the psychotherapist cannot provide emergency services. The psychotherapist has told me whom to call if an emergency arises and the psychotherapist is unavailable. In any cases. I understand that in any emergency, I may call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

I understand that information about psychotherapy is almost always kept confidential by the psychotherapist and not revealed to others unless I give my consent. There are few exceptions as follows:

  1. The psychotherapist is required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities. The psychotherapist is also mandated to report authorities patients who are at imminent risk of harming themselves or others for the purpose of those authorities checking to see whether such patients are owners of firearms, and if they are or apply to be, then limiting possibly removing their ability to possess them.


  2. If I tell the psychotherapist that I intend to harm another person, the psychotherapist must try to protect that person, including by telling the police or person or other health care providers. Similarly, if I threaten to harm myself, or my life or health is in any immediate danger, the psychotherapist will try to protect me, including by telling others such as my relatives or the police or other health care providers, who can assist in protecting or assisting me.


  3. If I am involved in certain court proceedings the psychotherapist may be required by law to reveal information about my treatment. These situations include child custody disputes, vases where therapy patient’s psychological condition is an issue, lawsuits or formal complaints against the psychotherapist, civil commitment hearings, and court-related treatment.


  4. If my health insurance or managed care plan will be reimbursing me or paying the psychotherapist directly, they will require that I waive confidentiality and that the psychotherapist give them information about my treatment.


  5. The psychotherapist may consult with other psychotherapists about my treatment, but in doing so will not reveal my name or other information that might identify me. Further, when the psychotherapist is away or unavailable, another psychotherapist might answer calls and so will need to have some information about my treatment.


  6. 6. If my account with the psychotherapist becomes overdue and I do not pay the amount due or work out a payment plan, the psychotherapist will reveal a limited amount of information about my treatment in taking legal measures to be paid. This information will include my name, social security number, address, dates and type of treatment and the amount due.


In all of the situations described above I understand that the psychotherapist will try to discuss the situation with me, or notify me before any confidential information is revealed, and will reveal only the least amount of information that is necessary.

If I am participating in a managed care plan, I have discussed with the psychotherapist the plan’s limits, if any, on the number of therapy sessions. I have discussed with the psychotherapist my options for continuation of treatment when my managed care benefits end.

I understand that I have a right to ask the psychotherapist about the psychotherapist’s training and qualifications and about where to file complaints about the psychotherapist’s professional conduct.

By signing below I am indicating that I have read and understood this form and that I give my consent to treatment.