OFFICE POLICIES

Reaching Me Outside Of Appoinment Times

If you want to speak to me between appointments, I can be contacted by leaving a message on my voicemail and I will return calls within 24 hours.

If you are experiencing a clinical emergency, I encourage you to call 911 or the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222.

I do not check my email regularly, so please do not send me anything to my email that is important for which you expect an immediate reply.

Due to HIPAA regulations and concerns about electronic security, I limit email communication with patients.

HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY/ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA)

State and Federal regulations through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require all healthcare professionals to make every effort to keep information received by patients confidential.
My policies in this area are specifically stated in the disclosure statement, which will be provided to the patient at the start of the second session.

All patients are requested to review this information and sign, acknowledging that they have received this document.
Due to limitations placed by federal and state law, this must be done before we start our work together.

FORMS & EVALUATIONS

When you initially visited your health care provider you were probably asked to provide information about yourself and why you were seeking treatment. Likewise, I will want to know some information about you and your history. In addition, there are forms for you to sign acknowledging that you understand and agree to our working together.

The information and forms can be completed during the initial portion of our appointment. For your convenience the forms have been posted in a PDF file format. These can be completed and brought to our first meeting. This method provides an easy way for you to provide some of your basic information so we do not need to take time to do this during our first appointment. Another option is to come in 30 minutes early to complete them. If you want to come early to complete the paperwork, let me know so I can have the forms and instructions prepared and available for you.

If you plan to use your insurance, please bring your health insurance card so a photocopy can be made. If you plan on utilizing your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit (services are reimbursed by your employer at no charge to you), please contact your EAP provider and obtain an authorization for services.

To download the FORMS, click on each one. They are in PDF format for easy printing:

To download the MEASUREMENT SCALES, click on each one. They are in PDF format for easy printing:
  • Measurement Depression Scale PHQ-9 1.doc
  • Measurement Procrastination (PDF)
  • Measurement Anxiety Scale GAD 7-2.doc
  • Measurement Social Anxiety (PDF)


MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS
The preceding questionnaires are basic screening measures for depression and anxiety. These instruments cannot be used as a substitute for an evaluation made by a mental health professional. However, if you are interested in becoming more aware about the ways in which any of the following issues may impact you, please download the questionnaire(s) that correspond to your concerns. After downloading and completing the questionnaire(s), if a further evaluation is warranted, you are encouraged to contact a mental health professional or agency in your local community. If your scores do not indicate a strong need for further evaluation, you may still want to consider a consultation to discuss any concerns. It is important to remember that these screening measures are not diagnostic instruments; they are tools to help you pinpoint a specific concern.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS CAREFULLY

If you are experiencing an emergency, need immediate assistance or if you are in crisis, please DO NOT use these assessment forms. Instead, immediately contact 911 or the King County Crisis Line at (206) 461-3222.