Once we have set up an initial session time, prior to this first meeting please download and completely fill out copies of each of the relevant forms. Please make sure that you sign forms where indicated. If you would like me to read them before we meet, please send them to my office address, otherwise, bring them with you to our first session.
Please also bring payment to the session. I can accept either cash or a check, but not credit or other kinds of debit cards.
Required Forms To Sign and Bring to Our First Session:.
1. Agreement and Informed Consent for Treatment
This form gives you detailed and specific information about my office procedures and your agreement for psychotherapy services. It also includes important information about your privacy and confidentiality. Please read it carefully, sign it, and keep a copy for yourself. If you are being seen as a couple, you both should sign this form. I am happy to answer any questions you have about it when we meet.
2. Client Information
Please fill this out completely as it allows you to share important details and history with me. If you are coming for couples counseling, each of you should fill out a separate copy of this form.
3. Fee Agreement and Insurance Information
Please make sure to fill this out as completely as possible. If you would like me to help verify your insurance benefits, if any, before we meet, please let me know and I’d be happy to do so. If you are being seen as a couple, you both should sign this form.
Forms to Read and Keep for Yourself:
1. Oregon HIPAA Notice
I am required by law to provide you with this Oregon Notice of HIPAA Privacy Practices so that you understand your rights and protections as they relate to the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information. Signing my Agreement and Informed Consent form acknowledges that you have also read this HIPAA form.
Forms that May Apply to You:
2. Medicare Private Pay Contract
If you are covered under any part of Medicare Part B, you must sign this waiver of benefits and bring it with you, since I am opted-out of Medicare and cannot bill them. If this applies to you, please also note this on our FEE AGREEMENT. If you have supplemental insurance, it may or may not cover my services, so you will need to check this carefully, as it can be complicated.
3. Authorization to use and Disclose Protected Health Information
There may be times when we feel that it would be helpful for me to speak to another person for either past treatment information or to coordinate your care. Usually we will talk about this in person in the office and you can sign this form at that time. However, there may be circumstances when you would like to bring this form initially or send it to me if we cannot meet. If you do fill it out, please read it carefully before you sign it and discuss your intentions with me so we are clear how it would benefit you.
4. Attendance Agreement for Non-Client Attendees
Occasionally during treatment, you may wish to invite another person to participate in a session(s) on your behalf. This should only be done after discussing this with me. If we do decide to invite someone, that person needs to be clear that he or she is not a client of mine and you both should sign this form.