Declaration of Practices and Procedures
Leslie Richman, LPC
Jodi Valentine Counseling
101 N. 2nd Street, Suite 100 B
Cotton Port Plaza
West Monroe, LA 71291
Qualifications: I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2003. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) #3572 with the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, 8631 Summa Avenue, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 telephone (225)765-2515.
Counseling Relationship: I see counseling as a process in which you, the client, and I, the counselor, having to come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop future goals for an improved life and work in a systematic fashion toward realizing those goals.
Areas of Expertise: I have counseled in diverse settings such as elementary and high schools, intensive outpatient hospitals, assisted living centers, mental health rehabs, and private practice. My education and experience have created a strong base in both individual and family counseling with persons of all ages.
Fee Scales: All sessions are $120.
Services offered and Clients Served: Jodi Valentine Counseling offers the option to receive counseling with or without a Christian perspective included. I conduct all counseling from a cognitive-behavioral perspective in which patterns of thoughts and reactions are explored in order to better understand problems and to develop solutions. I also espouse a solution-focused practice in which client’s strengths and abilities are used to create healthy solutions to presenting problems. A variety of formats, materials, and theoretical perspectives are used in conducting individual and family counseling with children, adolescents and adults.
Code of Conduct: All counseling conducted in this center will adhere to the Louisiana Code of Ethics for Licensed Professional Counselors established by the LPC Board of Examiners and the Louisiana Code of Ethics for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists established by the LPC Board of Examiners. A copy of this code is available upon request. Counseling services are available for any client, unless it is determined that a referral to another mental health professional or agency is in order.
Privileged Communication: Material revealed in counseling will remain strictly confidential except under the following circumstances in accordance with state law:
1) The client signs a written release of information indicating informed consent of such release.
2) The client expresses intent to harm himself/herself or someone else.
3) There is reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect against a minor child, elderly person (65 or older), or a dependent adult.
4) A subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information. It is my policy to assert privileged communication on behalf of the client and the right to consult with the client if at all possible, except during an emergency, before mandated disclosure. I will endeavor to apprise client of all mandated disclosures as conceivable.
Certain types of litigation (such as child custody suits) may lead to the court-ordered release of information without your consent. Also note that if you use third party insurers, such as health insurance policies, HMO or PPO plans, or EAP programs, you must sign a release of information and all information will be disclosed.
When working with couples, families or groups, I cannot disclose any information outside of the treatment context without a written authorization from all individuals competent to sign such authorization. For example, I cannot release any information about either or both spouses I have seen for marital therapy to an attorney without signed authorizations from both spouses.
In the event of marriage or family counseling, material obtained from an adult client individually may be shared with the client’s spouse or other family members only with the client’s permission. Any material obtained from a minor client may be shared with the client’s parents or guardian.
Emergency Situations: Emergency services are not provided. Clients may leave a message during normal work hours and those calls will be returned as soon as possible. If an emergency situation should arise, you may seek help at hospital emergency rooms. Local emergency numbers are:
1) St Francis (downtown) (327-4172)
2) St Francis North (388-7875)
3) Glenwood Regional Medical Center (329-4760)
Client Responsibilities: You, the client, are a full partner in counseling. Your honesty and effort is essential to success. If, as we work together, you have suggestions or concerns about your counseling, I expect you to share these with me so that we can 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 to communicate with the provider so that we may coordinate our services to benefit 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.
Potential Counseling Risks: As a result of mental health counseling, the client may realize that they have additional issues to resolve which they were not aware before the beginning of the counseling relationship. For example, when dealing with a substance abuse problem, the client may experience strained relationships in the family as the client attempts to make constructive changes in his or her life.
I have read and understand the above information and give permission for Leslie Richman, LPC 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.