I provide high quality confidential counseling, education, and mind/body relaxation designed to help individuals and couples achieve their personal and professional goals. Our services and programs aim to cultivate self-awareness, interpersonal skills and well-being using techniques stemming from evidencebased therapeutic approaches. Please see our website for more information about our providers’ specific trainings and preferred therapeutic approaches. This document will provide you with important information about our services. Please read all of the information carefully and sign the final pages. GENERAL INFORMATION Contacting Us When you call us, you may need to leave a message in a voice mailbox. I check for messages Tuesday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. I do not check for messages after 5 PM or on weekends. If you leave a message, please leave details and where and when I can reach you. I will let you know in advance when I plan to be absent from the office. Our scheduled absences are also indicated on our voice mail message.


Contacting Us

When you call us, you may need to leave a message in a voice mailbox. I check for messages Tuesday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM. I do not check for messages after 5 PM or on weekends. If you leave a message, please leave details and where and when I can reach you. I will let you know in advance when I plan to be absent from the office. Our scheduled absences are also indicated on our voice mail message.

Medical Conditions

If you have received a formal diagnosis from a medical or mental health care practitioner, and are seeking counseling to help you recover from that condition, I will obtain a written referral from your doctor and incorporate their recommendations so that I can help them help you in getting the best possible results from the treatment they are giving you, and to help you obtain the fastest, most comfortable recovery experience possible.

What are your responsibilities as the client?

I believe that counseling and hypnosis is most effective when the client and counselor collaborate on resolving the client’s concerns. This process includes a willingness to challenge yourself to think about issues in new ways, be honest with yourself and your counselor and follow through, to the best of your ability, on tasks and goals discussed in session.

Are there any risks?

It is possible that during the session you might experience uncomfortable or painful feelings. However, counseling has been demonstrated to have many benefits and clients often report significant improvements in the problems for which they sought help.


Appointments and Fees

Most counseling sessions are approximately sixty (60) minutes. Full payment is expected at the time of service. Some insurance companies will cover a portion of your care. Ultimately, it is the client’s responsibility to be sure that insurance coverage will be valid with the health provider who is treating the client. client is immediately responsible for the fee at time of service. Please note that I charge a fee of $35 for any returned check to cover bank charges and administrative costs related to returned checks. I appreciate that your time is valuable. In consideration of your time, that of other clients, as Ill as my time, will do my best to begin and end each session as scheduled. Most appointments are scheduled during daytime office hours. Some evening and weekend hours are available for those who cannot attend appointments during regular daytime hours. I will make every effort to see you promptly at your appointment time. Sometimes, however, emergencies arise, and schedules must be delayed. I trust you will understand those occasional delays. Counseling cash fee rates are as follows:

Individual & Couples $150

Cancellation Policy

I will notify you at least 24 hours in advance if I have to cancel and reschedule a session for a nonemergency reason. In any other situation, I will make every effort to reach you before you leave your home or work. Likewise, if you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, you should call or email me to cancel/reschedule the appointment as early as you possibly can. Please give me24-hour notice whenever possible. Advance warning will allow me to utilize the time for other clients.

Our policy for short-notice cancellation (SNC) and “no show” situations is as follows:

  1. First SNC or “no show” – I will contact you to discuss the reason for the missed appointment, to discuss interest in further treatment, and to reschedule if you want to continue. There will also be a 50% charge for the missed session.
  2. Second SNC or “no show” – I will contact you to discuss the reason for the missed appointment, to discuss interest in further treatment, and to reschedule if you want to continue. There will also be a full-fee charge for the missed session at our hourly rate.
  3. Third SNC or “no show” – At this point I may decide to discharge you or refer you to an alternate provider of your choice. Before doing so, I will again contact you to discuss the reason for the missed appointment, to discuss interest in further treatment, and to reschedule if you want to continue. There will be a full-fee charge at our current hourly rate for this missed session and any others that follow.

In the event of a crisis or emergency, call 911, crisis, or go directly to your local emergency room:

Northampton County Crisis Intervention, 610-252-9060
Lehigh County Crisis Intervention, 610-782-3127
St. Luke’s Hospital, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, 610-954-4500
S. Luke’s Hospital, 1736 Ist Hamilton Street, Allentown, 610-628-8383
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, 484-884-2200
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest and I-78, Allentown, 610-402-8111
Easton Hospital, 250 South 21st Street, Easton, 610-250-4002

What is meant by confidentiality?

All of the information about your contacts with a counselor is confidential with the following exceptions:

  • In situations involving danger or risk to yourself or to specifically identified others, child abuse or dependent adult abuse, your counselor is required to contact other people in order to protect you or others. Such individuals could include a spouse, parents or guardians, medical and mental health professionals, police and public safety officials.
  • In certain legal situations, including court order, your counselor is required to disclose information as necessary to comply with the law in that situation.
  • There have been instances where therapy records have been subpoenaed into court. I make every attempt not to release your records, but in the instance of a court ordered subpoena, I would be held in contempt of court if I did not provide the records and/or opinion to the court.
  • In the case that you are using your insurance for our counseling services, your diagnosis and dates of services must be shared as requested by your insurance company to collect payments.
  • In the case where you sign a release of information.

If a situation occurs where your counselor decides that it is necessary to contact a third party, he or she will make every effort to fully discuss the reasons for the disclosure and will limit the information that is revealed to what is necessary in her professional judgment. If you would like to release information about your contacts with me to another person, such as a medical professional, I will ask you to sign a consent form. Please be advised that once this information is released, I cannot guarantee that it will remain confidential.

All counselors at 4Directions Counseling, LLC share confidentiality privileges. This means that during peer supervision counselors at 4Directions Counseling may share your story with each other in an effort to gain helpful insights, resources, and recommendations to add to your treatment program. All counselors are under contract to maintain your confidentiality with the highest standards of care.

Special Circumstances in the Treatment of Your Child(ren):

When children receive mental health services, the consent from both parents and/or all legal guardians must be obtained and information shared equally. If your child is 14 years of age or older, Pennsylvania law provides that he or she may sign and manage his or her own mental health treatment. I encourage teenagers to be in full communication with parents for an optimum outcome. It is our policy not to converse with parents or guardians without the express Authorization of Release executed by the teen. Further, it is our policy not to discuss the teen with anyone, except if stipulated in the authorization, unless they are present and part of the conversation. Emergency situations of imminent danger to self or others trump this policy and parents may seek assistance without the teen’s consent under those conditions. Please follow the emergency procedures discussed elsewhere in this handbook.

Treatment Plans:

A treatment plan will be developed with you during your intake interview, or, if time is short, during your second session. If you continue to be seen over an extended period of time, it will be revieId and updated at least once every four months.


Some problems are best treated through the use of medication. I am not a physician and, if medication is needed, it must be prescribed for you by any licensed physician of your choice. He or she will describe to you what medication is being recommended, why that medication was chosen, what benefits you can expect from the medication, and how quickly you can expect to see the changes. The physician will also describe for you any possible side effects of that medication. Be sure that you understand how much medication you should take, when you should be taking it, and any precautions, which the physician may give you. If you have any questions about medication, be sure to ask your doctor.

Client Responsibilities

Most of this pamphlet talks about my responsibilities in serving you. I do, however, have a few things that I ask of you. You are expected:

  • To help develop your treatment plan and goals and to participate actively in all services which you receive;
  • To work toward your goals, in cooperation with us, and help decide when your goals have been reached;
  • To pay for the services you receive on a regular basis and inform me immediately if you have a change in insurance or in income (if you are on a sliding-fee discount);
  • To inform me when you cannot keep a scheduled appointment and to reschedule the appointment twenty-four (24) hours in advance whenever possible;
  • To maintain confidentiality about others you may meet while coming to our office


If you have a complaint about the services you receive please tell me as soon as possible. Discussing the matter directly with me as soon as possible will help me quickly resolve the situation. All complaints and actions taken will be clearly documented in your treatment record.

Policy Against Discrimination

In accordance with Federal and State civil rights laws and regulations, you have the right to be provided services by meant be referred for services at other facilities without regard to your race, color, religion, creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender, or sexual orientation. If you feel that you have been discriminated against you may file a complaint with any of the following offices:

Bureau of Civil Rights Compliance, Dept of Public welfare
Room 412 Health & welfare Building
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105

PA Human Relations Committee
101 South Second Street, Suite 300
Harrisburg, PA 17105

I hope this information will be helpful to you during your treatment. If you have questions that have not been answered in this handout, please feel free to ask.


This document outlines office policies related to use of Social Media. Please read it to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a mental health professional and how you can expect me to respond to various interactions that may occur between us on the Internet.

If you have any questions about anything within this document, I encourage you to bring them up when you meet with me. As new technology develops and the Internet changes, there may be times when I need to update this policy. If I do so, I will notify you in writing of any policy changes and make sure you have a copy of the updated policy.


I do NOT accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when you meet with your counselor.


Please do not use messaging on Social Networking sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn to contact us. These sites are not secure and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion. Do not use Wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with me in public online if I have an already established client/counselor relationship. Engaging with me this way could compromise your confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart. If you need to contact me in between sessions, the best way to do so is by phone.

Use of Search Engines

It is NOT a regular part of our practice to search for clients on Google or Facebook or other search engines. Extremely rare exceptions may be made during times of crisis. If I have a reason to suspect that you are in danger and you have not been in touch with me via our usual means (coming to appointments or phone) there might be an instance in which using a search engine (to find you or find someone close to you) becomes necessary as part of ensuring your welfare. These are unusual situations and if I ever resort to such means, I will fully document it and discuss it with you at your next session.

Business Review Sites

You may find my psychology practice on sites such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Yahoo Local, Bing, or other places which list businesses. Some of these sites include forums in which users rate their providers and add reviews. Many of these sites comb search engines for business listings and automatically add listings regardless of whether the business has added itself to the site. If you should find our listing on any of these sites, please know that our listing is NOT a request for a testimonial, rating, or endorsement from you as our client. The American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code states under Principle 5.05 that it is unethical for psychologists to solicit testimonials: “Psychologists do not solicit testimonials from current therapy clients/patients or other persons who because of their particular circumstances are vulnerable to undue influence.”

Of course, you have a right to express yourself on any site you wish. But due to confidentiality, I cannot respond to any review on any of these sites whether it is positive or negative. I urge you to take your own privacy as seriously as I take our commitment of confidentiality to you. You should also be aware that if you are using these sites to communicate indirectly with me about your feelings about our work, there is a good possibility that I may never see it.

If I are working together, I hope that you will bring your feelings and reactions to our work directly into the therapy process. This can be an important part of therapy, even if you decide I are not a good fit. None of this is meant to keep you from sharing that you are in counseling with me wherever and with whomever you like. Confidentiality means that I cannot tell people that you are our client and our Ethics Code prohibits me from requesting testimonials. But you are more than welcome to tell anyone you wish that I provide counseling to you or how you feel about the treatment I provided to you, in any forum of your choosing.

If you feel I have done something harmful or unethical and you do not feel comfortable discussing it with us, you can always contact the Board of Psychology, which oversees licensing, and they will review the services I have provided.

State Board of Psychology
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone – (717) 783-7155
Fax – (717) 787-7769

Location-Based Services

If you use location-based services on your mobile phone, you may wish to be aware of the privacy issues related to using these services. I do not place my practice as a check-in location on sites such as Foursquare, Loopt, etc. However, if you have GPS tracking enabled on your device, it is possible that others may surmise that you are a therapy client due to regular check-ins at my office on a weekly basis. Please be aware of this risk if you are intentionally “checking in” from our office or if you have a passive LBS app enabled on your phone.

Email and Text Messaging

I prefer using email and text messaging only to arrange or modify appointments or to exchange forms or resources. Please do not email or text message me content related to your therapy sessions, as these are not completely secure or confidential. If you choose to communicate with me by email or text message, be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of your and our Internet service providers and all text messages are retained in the logs of the cellular telephone provider. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the Internet service provider or the phone company. You should also know that any emails and/or text messages I receive from you and any responses that I send to you become a part of your legal record.


Thank you for taking the time to review our Social Media Policy. If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures or regarding our potential interactions on the Internet, do bring them to my attention so that I can discuss them. Please keep this policy for your records and sign the following page acknowledging you have read and understand this policy in its entirety.