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IASIS Psychological and Consulting Services

INFORMED CONSENT

PSYCHOTHERAPY INFORMATION DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Therapy is a relationship that works in part because of clearly defined rights and responsibilities held by each person. This frame helps to create the safety to take risks and the support to become empowered to change. As a client in psychotherapy, you have certain rights that are important for you to know about because this is your therapy, whose goal is your well-being. There are also certain limitations to those rights that you should be aware of. As a therapist, I have corresponding responsibilities to you.

I. Confidentiality

With the exception of certain specific exceptions described below, you have the absolute right to the confidentiality of your therapy. I cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have told me, or even that you are in therapy with me without your prior written permission. Under the provisions of the Health Information Act of 2000, I may legally speak to another health care provider or a member of your family about you without your prior consent, but I will not do so unless the situation is an emergency. I will always act so as to protect your privacy even if you do release me in writing to share information about you. You may direct me to share information with whomever you chose, and you can change your mind and revoke that permission at any time. You may request anyone you wish to attend a therapy session with you.

Whenever I transmit information about you electronically (for example, sending bills or faxing information), it will be done with special safeguards to insure confidentiality.
If you elect to communicate with me by email at some point in our work together, please be aware that email is not completely confidential. All emails are retained in the logs of your or my internet service provider. While under normal circumstances no one looks at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the internet service provider. Any email I receive from you, and any responses that I send to you, will be printed out and kept in your treatment record.

The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. I would inform you of any time when I think I will have to put these into effect.

1. If I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I must also contact the police and ask them to protect your intended victim.

2. If I have good reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting a child or vulnerable adult, or if you give me information about someone else who is doing this, I must inform the appropriate authorities.

3. If I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police. I would explore all other options with you before I took this step. If at that point you were unwilling to take steps to guarantee your safety, I would call the Police.

4. If a judge subpoenas a counsellor to testify in court or to release the contents of a file, the counsellor is required to do so.

5. If you tell me of the behavior of another named health or mental health careprovider that informs me that this person has either a. engaged in sexual contact with a patient, including yourself or b. is impaired from practice in some manner by cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or health problems, then the law requires me to report this to their licensing board. I would inform you before taking this step. If you are my client and a health care provider, however, your confidentiality remains protected under the law from this kind of reporting.

The next is not a legal exception to your confidentiality. However, it is a policy you should be aware of if you are in couples therapy with me.

If you and your partner decide to have some individual sessions as part of the couples therapy, what you say in those individual sessions may be considered to be a part of the couples therapy, and can and probably will be discussed in our joint sessions. I will remind you of this policy before beginning such individual sessions.

II. Record-keeping

The laws and standards of my profession require that I keep treatment records. Under the provisions of the Health Information Act of 2000, you have the right to request access to your file. You are entitled to receive a copy of the records unless I believe that seeing them would be emotionally damaging, in which case I will be happy to send them to a mental health professional of your choice. You have the right to request that I make a copy of your file available to any other health care provider at your written request. I maintain your records in a secure location that cannot be accessed by anyone else.

Because these are professional records, they can be misinterpreted and/or upsetting to untrained readers. I recommend that you review them in my presence so that we can discuss the contents. I am sometimes willing to conduct a review meeting without charge. Patients will be charged an appropriate fee for any time spent in preparing information requests.

III. Diagnosis

If a third party such as an insurance company is paying for part of your bill, I am normally required to give a diagnosis to that third party in order to be paid. Diagnoses are technical terms that describe the nature of your problems and something about whether they are short-term or long-term problems. If I do use a diagnosis, I will discuss it with you. All of the diagnoses come from a book titled the DSM-IV; I have a copy in my office and will be glad to let you borrow it and learn more about what it says about your diagnosis.

IV. Employee Assistance Program

If your therapy is being paid for in full or in part by an EAP, there are usually further limitations to your rights as a client imposed by the contract of the provider. These may include their decision to limit the number of sessions available to you, to decide the time period within which you must complete your therapy with me, or to require you to use medication if their reviewing professional deems it appropriate. They may also decide that you must see another therapist in their network rather than me, if I am not on their list. Such firms also usually require some sort of detailed reports of your progress in therapy, and on occasion, copies of your case file, on a regular basis. I do not have control over any aspect of their rules. However, I will do all that I can to maximize the benefits you receive by filing necessary forms and gaining required authorizations for treatment, and assist you in advocating with the provider as needed.

V. Your Responsibilities as a Therapy Client

You are responsible for coming to your session on time and at the time we have scheduled. Sessions last for 50 minutes. If you are late, we will end on time and not run over into the next person's session. If you miss a session without canceling, or cancel with less than twenty-four hours notice, you must pay for that session at our next regularly scheduled meeting. The answering machine has a time and date stamp which will keep track of the time that you called me to cancel. The only exception to this rule is if you would endanger yourself by attempting to come (for instance, driving on icy roads without proper tires), or if you or someone whose caregiver you are has fallen ill suddenly.

VI. Fees

You are responsible for paying for your session prior to our appointment unless we have made other firm arrangements in advance. If we decide to meet for a longer session, I will bill you prorated on the hourly fee. I charge this amount for other professional services you may need, though I will break down the hourly cost if I work for periods of less than one hour. Emergency phone calls of less than 15 minutes are normally free. Other services include report writing, telephone conversations lasting longer than 15 minutes, attendance at meetings with other professionals you have authorized, preparation of records or treatment summaries, responding to client e-mails, and the time spent performing any other service you may request of me. If you become involved in legal proceedings that require my participation, you will be expected to pay for my professional time. I adhere to the recommended fee schedule put forth by the College of Alberta Psychologists for legal services even if I am called to testify by another party.

You will be expected to pay for each session at the time it is held, unless we agree otherwise. Other professional services will be agreed to when they are requested. In circumstances of unusual financial hardship, I may be willing to negotiate a fee adjustment or payment installment plan. A fee review will be made once a year in January to assess the need to adjust the current fee for service. If a fee raise is necessary I will provide advanced notice.

VII. General Information

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. Approaching feelings or thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Making changes in your beliefs or behaviors can be scary, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships you already have. You may find your relationship with me to be a source of strong feelings, some of them painful at times. It is important that you consider carefully whether these risks are worth the benefits to you of changing. Most people who take these risks find that therapy is helpful. Psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy. I'm always willing to discuss how and why I've decided to do what I'm doing, and to look at alternatives that might work better. You can feel free to ask me to try something that you think will be helpful. You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns, and can request that I refer you to someone else if you decide I'm not the right therapist for you. You are free to leave therapy at any time.

You normally will be the one who decides therapy will end, with three exceptions. If we have contracted for a specific short-term piece of work, we will finish therapy at the end of that contract. If I am not in my judgment able to help you, because of the kind of problem you have or because my training and skills are in my judgment not appropriate, I will inform you of this fact and refer you to another therapist who may meet your needs. If you do violence to, threaten, verbally or physically harass myself, the office, or my family, I reserve the right to terminate you unilaterally and immediately from treatment. If I terminate you from therapy, I will offer you referrals to other sources of care, but cannot guarantee that they will accept you for therapy.

I am often not immediately available by telephone. When I am unavailable, my telephone is answered by voice mail that I monitor frequently. I will make every effort to return your call on the same day you make it, with the exception of weekends and holidays. If you are difficult to reach, please inform me of some times when you will be available. If you are unable to reach me and feel that you can't wait for me to return your call, contact your family physician or the nearest emergency room. If I will be unavailable for an extended time, I will provide you with the name of a colleague to contact, if necessary. If you believe that you cannot keep yourself safe, please call 911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room for assistance.

VIII. Complaints

If you're unhappy with what's happening in therapy, I hope you'll talk about it with me so that I can respond to your concerns. I will take such criticism seriously, and with care and respect. If you believe that I've been unwilling to listen and respond, or that
I have behaved unethically, you can complain about my behavior to the College of Alberta Psychologists. You are also free to discuss your complaints about me with anyone you wish, and do not have any responsibility to maintain confidentiality about what I do that you don't like, since you are the person who has the right to decide what you want kept confidential.

IX. Minors

If you are under eighteen years of age, please be aware that the law may provide your parents the right to information regarding your treatment. It is my policy to request an agreement from parents that they agree to be given minimal information unless otherwise agreed upon by all parties to provide further information to parents. If they agree, I will provide them only with general information about our work together, unless I feel there is a high risk that you will seriously harm yourself or someone else. In this case, I will notify them of my concern. I will also provide them with a summary of your treatment when it is complete. Before giving them any information, I will discuss the matter with you, if possible, and do my best to handle any objections you may have with what I am prepared to discuss.

Client Consent to Psychotherapy

I have read this statement, had sufficient time to be sure that I considered it carefully, asked any questions that I needed to, and understand it. I understand the limits to confidentiality required by law. I consent to the use of a diagnosis in billing, and to release of that information and other information necessary to complete the billing process. I agree to pay the fee of $150.00 per initial assessment session and $90.00 thereafter. I understand my rights and responsibilities as a client, and my therapist's responsibilities to me. I agree to undertake therapy with Danielle Gagnon, RN, Registered Psychologist. I know I can end therapy at any time I wish and that I can refuse any requests or suggestions made by Danielle Gagnon.

 

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