Are you in need one on one support after the traumatic loss of your child?
Please call 1-888-455-MISS.
Finding a Skilled Therapist or Counselor
- You have every right to expect your therapist to display respect for you and to convey this respect by keeping appointments as scheduled, by contacting you if scheduling changes are necessary, and by giving her/his complete attention to you during therapy sessions.
- At any point during therapy, you are encouraged to ask questions regarding your therapist’s qualifications, training, experience, specialization areas and limitations, and personal values. You will receive thoughtful and respectful answers.
- Since your needs are primary to your treatment, you are encouraged to negotiate therapeutic goals, and renegotiate them whenever you wish. You are further encouraged to ask questions regarding the therapy process, specific treatment methods, therapy fees, methods of payment, estimated length of treatment, office policy and practices, and diagnosis.
- You may refuse any intervention or treatment strategy suggested by your therapist and you may refuse to answer any questions.
- Within the limits of published ethical standards and the law, information you reveal to your therapist will be maintained as confidential and will not be communicated to another person or agency without your written permission. The rare legal limits to confidentiality will be clearly described at your intake session, and you may discuss any aspect of your treatment with others, including consulting with another therapist.
- Your therapist adheres to the American Psychological Association and your State Board of Psychology Ethical Standards for Psychologists. If you have a doubt or grievance regarding your therapist’s conduct, you may solicit assistance from these organizations. Under no circumstances are “dual relationships” permitted between therapist and patient, especially including business, social, romantic, or sexual contact of any kind.