Client Rights & Responsibilities: Some clients achieve their goals in only a few counseling sessions, whereas others may require months or even longer. Collaboration is essential in the therapeutic relationship. As a client, you are in control of your choices and may end our counseling relationship at any time. If you choose to end the counseling relationship, I ask that you participate in a termination session. You also have the right to refuse or to discuss modification of any of my counseling techniques or suggestions.I render counseling services in a professional manner consistent with accepted ethical standards. If at any time for any reason you have suggestions or are dissatisfied with my services, please let me know so we may make the necessary adjustments. If it is determined that you have been receiving counseling services from another mental health professional, I ask you to grant me permission so that we may coordinate our services to you.
Physical Health: Because of the complicated nature of mental health in its inter-relationship with the psychological, it is recommended that clients have a complete physical evaluation and list any medications you are now taking.
Effects of Counseling: At any time, you may initiate with me a discussion of possible positive or negative effects of entering or not entering into, continuing, or discontinuing counseling. I expect you to benefit from counseling. However, I cannot guarantee any specific results. Counseling is a personal exploration that may lead to major changes in your life perspectives and decisions. These changes may affect significant relationships, your job, and/or your understanding of yourself. You may feel troubled, usually only temporarily, by some of the things you learn about yourself or some of the changes you make. In addition, counseling can, at times, result in long lasting effects. For example, one risk of couple counseling is the possibility that the marriage may end. Although the exact nature of changes resulting from counseling cannot be predicted, I intend to work with you to achieve the best possible results for you.
I have read and understand the above information and give permission for Stephanie Walker, LCSW to conduct counseling with me (as the patient and/or the parent/legal guardian of the patient), my minor child (if applicable) and any other minor children that I am legally able to give consent on their behalf that may enter the counseling session.