Informed consent is a key ethical principle that is the foundation of any therapeutic work. I strive to be open and authentic in my practice and that includes ensuring that all my clients understand what they are getting into ahead of time and being clear on my policies and procedures. This is the consent form that will be sent out ahead of the first session. Here it is in a downloadable format so you can keep it for your reference.
Please review my informed consent and follow up with me if you have any additional questions or concerns. Pay particular attention to the sections on the limitations of confidentiality, fees/payment and cancellation policy.
When working relationally, I may want to meet with each partner individually. This would allow me to get a deeper sense of each partner's perspective without the cross-talk that can happen in a joint session. However, it is detrimental to the treatment process if I have to keep a secret, for example, if it was disclosed in an individual session that one partner was having an affair the other partner was not aware of. In this case, the individual’s interests may not be consistent with the couple's interests. As such, I have a no-secrets policy. Please read further below. I invite any questions you may have as this is important to understand before engaging in the process. Reach out here.