The work ethics of a psychologist dictate her relationship with her patients. This relationship should be based on respect, confidentiality and the highest degree of professionalism. It is Dr. Seckinger’s priority to provide an environment of safety, care, respect, and support, all of which are paramount to an honest and productive exploration of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Privacy & Confidentiality
The law protects the privacy and confidentiality of all communications between a patient and a psychologist, but there are a few possible exceptions when information may be released to others without a patient’s expressed consent. Before taking action, every effort is made to discuss the issue at hand with a patient and disclosure will be limited to what is absolutely necessary. The laws governing confidentiality can be quite complex and in situations where specific advice is required, formal legal advice may be needed. Exceptions include:
Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect. A psychologist is mandated and required by law to report significant suspicion of child abuse or neglect to authorities.
Suspected Elder Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation. If there is suspicion of and/or a good faith reason to believe that an incapacitated adult has been subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation, or is living in hazardous conditions, the law requires that a report be filed with the appropriate government agency.
Posing a Threat to Self or Other. If a psychologist or psychiatrist believes that someone poses a threat to himself or to others, every effort will be made to enlist the patient’s cooperation in ensuring his or her safety. However, should this prove difficult or impossible, the treating clinician may be obligated to seek hospitalization, contact relevant authorities, family members, and/or others who can help provide protection.
Threat of Serious Bodily Harm to Other/s. If a serious threat of physical violence against a clearly identified or reasonably identifiable victim or victims is communicated, a psychologist or psychiatrist may be required to take protective actions such as notifying the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking involuntary hospitalization for the patient.
Legal Proceedings. If patients are involved in certain court or litigation proceedings and inform the court of services they have received from a psychologist or psychiatrist (i.e., making their mental health an issue before the court), they may be waiving their right to keep your records confidential.
Cost. Please contact Dr. Seckinger to discuss rates, since they can vary depending on the type of treatment provided. Reduced fee services are available and determined on a case-per-case basis, which can be discussed during the initial session. The cost of a psychological, psycho-educational, or neuropsychological assessment depends on the type of testing requested and the complexity of the referral question.
Insurance. Dr. Seckinger is not an in-network-provider for any insurance companies. However, she can still provide reimbursable services if an insurance company provides out-of-network benefits. When speaking with an insurance company about out-of-network coverage, consider asking what the deductible is, how many sessions per calendar year are covered, what the insurance company considers a ‘reasonable’ rate, and what percentage of this rate they agree to reimburse.
Payment. Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted for payment.
Cancellation Policy. Therapy is based on a reciprocal commitment. Dr. Seckinger’s cancellation policy is based on this principle. If a patient cannot keep his or her appointment and notifies the office at least 48 hours in advance, every effort will be made to find a make-up date for the missed session. However, if rescheduling cannot be done within a reasonable amount of time, the patient will be responsible for the fee. Dr. Seckinger is happy to address any questions or concerns regarding this policy.
An email to MINDWORKS PSYCHOLOGY or Dr. Seckinger does not constitute a therapeutic relationship. The diagnosis and/or treatment of any particular disorder by the information provided on this website is not recommended, intended, or implied. Materials on this website are offered in generic form and designed to support, not replace the in-person relationship between a site visitor and a mental health professional. All visitors to this site have unique qualities that play a role in their personal mental health and should be considered when making a diagnosis or a treatment recommendation.