Fees and Terms



At the initial consultation, we will explore your current issues, enquire about background history and establish the focus of therapy.

Fees for Counseling Services:

$100 Individual Counseling
$110 Couples Counseling

Therapy sessions last 1 hour and are held on a weekly basis. Weekly attendance is important for therapy to progress.
Payment is taken by the therapist at the end of each session. Cash and checks are accepted, but please make cash to Guzman Psychotherapy. Should you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment please contact me 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled appointment. Cancellations, unkept appointments, or scheduling changes within 24 hours of the scheduled session will incur the full session fee. Clients who owe money and fail to make advance financial arrangements may be referred to a collection agency.
Guzman Psychotherapy does not take insurance, but the receipt of services can be used to process your claim with your insurance provider.
I offer a percentage of my time for clients with financial need, therapy fees will be determined by therapist on a case-by-case basis. Special agreements and partnerships have been made with referring organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the Latin American Association; please specify if you are being referred from those organizations and the name of your case worker.

Practice Hours:

  • 9AM – 5PM
  • 9AM – 9PM

Appointments are usually available within 24 hours.

On your first session, please arrive 30 prior to your scheduled appointment to complete intake forms.

Policies



HIPAA provides you with several new or expanded rights with regard to your Clinical Record and disclosures of protected health information. These rights include requesting that I amend your record; requesting restrictions on what information from your Clinical Record is disclosed to others; requesting an accounting of most disclosures of protected health information that you have neither consented to nor authorized; determining the location to which protected information disclosures are sent; having any complaints you make about my policies and procedures recorded in your records; and the right to a paper copy of this agreement; the attached notice form, and my privacy policies and procedures. I am happy to discuss any of these rights with you.
The law protects the privacy of all communications between a client and a therapist. In most situations, I can only release information to others about your treatment if you sign a written authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA. There are other situations that require only that you provide written, advance consent. Your signature on the current agreement provides consent for those activities, as follows:
  • I may occasionally find it helpful to consult other counselors about a case. During a consultation, I make every effort to avoid revealing the identity of my client. The other professionals are also legally bound to keep the information confidential. If you don’t object, I will not tell you about these consultations unless I feel it is important for our work together. I will note all consultations in your Clinical Record.
  • If a client threatens to harm himself/ herself, I may be obligated to seek hospitalization for him/her and/or to contact family members, or others who can help provide protection.
There are some situations where I am permitted or required to disclose information without either your consent or authorization:

  • If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information concerning my professional services, such information is protected by the therapist/client privilege law. I cannot provide any information without your written authorization, or a court order. If you are involved in or contemplating litigation, you should consult with your attorney to determine whether a court would be likely to order me to disclose information.
  • If a government agency is requesting the information for health oversight activities, I may be required to provide it for them.
  • If a client files a complaint or lawsuit against me, I may disclose relevant information regarding that client in order to defend myself.
  • If a client files a worker’s compensation claim, and I am providing treatment related to the claim, I must, upon appropriate request, furnish copies of all medical reports and bills.
There are some situations in which I am legally obligated to take actions, which I believe are necessary to attempt to protect others from harm and I may have to reveal some information about a client’s treatment. These situations are unusual in my practice.

  • If I have reason to believe that a child has been abused, the law requires that I file a report with the appropriate governmental agency, usually the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
Once such a report is filed, I may be required to provide additional information.

  • If I have reasonable cause to believe that a disabled adult or elder person has had a physical injury or injuries inflicted upon him or her, other than by accidental means, or that he or she has been neglected or exploited, I must report to an agency designated by the Department of Human Resources. Once I have filed such a report, I may be required to provide additional information.
  • If I determine that a client presents a serious danger of violence to another, I may be required to take protective actions. These actions may include notifying the potential victim, and /or contacting the police, and/or seeking hospitalization for the patient.
If such a situation arises, I will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action and will limit my disclosure to what is necessary. While this written summary of exceptions to confidentiality should prove helpful in informing you about potential problems, it is important that we discuss any questions or concerns that you may have now or in the future. The laws governing confidentiality can be quite complex, and I am not an attorney. In situations where specific advice is required, formal legal advice may be needed.
You should be aware that, pursuant to HIPAA, I keep Protected Health Information about you two sets of professional records. One set constitutes your Clinical Record. It includes information about: your reasons for seeking therapy, a description of the ways in which your problem impacts on your life, diagnosis, the goals that we set for treatment, progress towards those goals, medical and social history, treatment history, any past treatment records that I receive from other providers, reports of any professional consultations, billing records, and any reports that have been sent to anyone.

In addition, I also keep a set of Psychotherapy Notes. These Notes are for my own use and are designed to assist me in providing you or your child with the best treatment. While the contents of Psychotherapy Notes vary from client to client, they can include the contents of our conversations, my analysis of those conversations, and how they impact on your or your child’s therapy. They also contain particularly sensitive information that you may reveal to me that is not required to be included in your Clinical Record and information supplied to me confidentially by others. These Psychotherapy Notes are kept separate from your Clinical Record. Your Psychotherapy Notes are not available to you. They also cannot be sent to anyone else, including insurance companies without your written, signed authorization. Insurance companies cannot require your authorization as a condition of coverage nor penalize you in any way for your refusal to provide it.