All sessions are pre-paid or
paid for at the beginning of the session. Melissa accepts personal checks
and payments from your bank or your credit card through PAYPAL.
How to Pay for Psychotherapy Sessions with a PAYPAL payment.
II. Notice of Schedule
communicate any schedule changes 24 or more hours in advance of the
scheduled appointment by telephone, or 48 or more hours by email.
Please be assured that your talks
with me are strictly CONFIDENTIAL. You are protected under ethical
guidelines and legal statutes, which prohibit the sharing of any
information you may tell me, without your written consent.
However, there are some limitations to strict confidentiality that protect
your welfare and that of the public. These limitations provide for a
partial breach in confidentiality under the MOST SERIOUS OF CIRCUMSTANCES:
If you threaten
grave bodily harm to another person (or yourself), I am required to notify
the intended victim and an appropriate law enforcement agency. I am under
legal duties to warn and protect.
In the case of
child abuse or neglect, I am required to notify the Children’s
Protective services of the county. I also must report any abuse of
handicapped persons or persons over 65
If a court of law
issues a legitimate subpoena, your file must be handed over.
exceptions exist if you make your mental status a court issue.
IV. Ethical Standards
I abide by the ethical
standards of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
(AAMFT), the accrediting, standard bearing association for Marriage and
Family Therapists throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have a strictly
enforced, tough Code of Ethics and Conduct: AAMFT
Code of Ethics