Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions.
T FORD CONSULTING offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful, or uncomfortable. This is an opportunity to talk to someone who is trained to listen attentively and help you improve things. Click HERE to see if I accept your insurance.
60 minutes: $150.00
45 minutes (typical individual session): $100.00
30 minutes (“half session,” often used for check-ins): $50.00
Fees are due at the time of service. If you are in need of a fee reduction, you can email email@example.com for more information.
Therapy is provided online using a secured platform at this time.
Compassion Fatigue Counseling
Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress or vicarious traumatization, refers to the emotional, physical, and spiritual exhaustion that can occur when you are exposed to high levels of stress and trauma through your work with others. It is a common phenomenon among professionals who regularly provide support and care to individuals who have experienced trauma, suffering, or distress. In compassion fatigue counseling, I use various therapeutic approaches and techniques to support you in recovering from compassion fatigue.
These may include:
Education and psychoeducation
Boundaries and work-life balance:
Coping skills/stress management techniques
Trauma processing: (If necessary)
Grief Counseling (8 sessions)
Grief is the emotional and physical reaction you have when you cope with the impact of a loss – even though it might feel overwhelming, grief is a normal, healthy part of the healing process after experiencing a loss. For some moving on and returning to normal activities becomes a struggle. This is where grief counseling can support you. Each session will support you to better understand the grieving process, to process your grief, and assist you in working through the stages of grief.
Mindfulness Grief Counseling (5-8 sessions)
In traditional grief counseling, the focus is on exploring and processing emotions, thoughts, and behaviors associated with grief. Mindfulness grief counseling adds a mindfulness component to this process, emphasizing the importance of non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of the present moment. Practicing mindfulness involves intentionally paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. It involves observing your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations as they arise and pass away, without getting caught up in them or trying to change them. This approach can be helpful for you as it allows you to develop a greater sense of self-compassion, resilience, and an ability to navigate your grief more effectively.
Pet Bereavement Counseling (8 sessions)
Pet bereavement counseling is a form of support and therapy provided to individuals who are experiencing the loss of a beloved pet. Just like losing a human family member or close friend, the death or loss of a pet can be a deeply distressing and emotional experience for many people. In pet grief counseling sessions, you can discuss your feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, and loneliness associated with your pet's loss. Counseling sessions will also provide coping strategies, such as relaxation techniques, self-care practices, or rituals to honor your pet's memory.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (5-8 sessions)
SFBT is designed to be a brief therapy approach that highlights your ability to solve problems, rather than why or how the problem was created. While engaged in SFBT you find your own way to a solution based on your emerging definitions of goals, strategies, strengths, and resources.
The goals of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy include:
Brief and Time-Limited
Collaboration and Strengths-Based Approach
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy & Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR) teaches "mindfulness," which is focusing only on things happening in the present moment. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teaches people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them.
Mindfulness is not a time to "zone out" or "space out" but is rather a time to purposefully pay attention and be aware of your surroundings, your emotions, your thoughts, and how your body feels. Each session you will gain an understanding of how your mind operates to experience a greater sense of control and feel better integrated in managing life.
With the exception of certain specific situations as described below, you have the absolute right to the confidentiality of your therapy. I cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have told me, or even that you are in therapy with me without your prior permission. You can authorize me to share information with whomever you choose, and you may change your mind and revoke that permission at any time. The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. I will inform you of any time when I think I will have to put these into effect.
If I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I must also contact the police and ask them to protect your intended victim.
If I have good reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting or elder adult, I must inform Child Protective Services within 48 hours and Adult Protective Services immediately.
If I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police. I am not obligated to do this and will explore all other options with you before this step is taken.
If a third party such as an insurance company is paying for part of your bill, I am required to give a diagnosis to that third party. Diagnoses are technical terms that describe the symptoms of your issue(s).
The Patriot Act of 2001 requires that therapists in certain circumstances, provide FBI agents with books, records, papers and documents, and other items and prohibits the therapist from disclosing to the client that the FBI sought or obtained the items under the act.
Minors and Confidentiality
Communication between therapists and clients who are minors (under the age of 18) is confidential. However, parents/guardians who provide authorization for their child’s treatment are often involved in their child’s treatment. Consequently, I will exercise my professional judgment and may discuss my concerns and or the treatment progress of a minor client with a parent/guardian. Clients who are minors and their parents are urged to discuss any questions or concerns that they have.
Termination of Therapy
The length of your treatment and the timing of the eventual termination of your treatment depends on the specifics of your treatment plan and the progress you achieve. You may terminate therapy at any time; however, it is a good idea to plan for your termination. I will discuss a plan for termination with you as you approach the completion of your treatment goals. If you or I (therapist) determine that you are not benefiting from treatment, either of us may elect to initiate a discussion of your treatment alternatives. Treatment alternatives may include, among other things, referrals, changing your treatment plan, or terminating your therapy.
If in my professional judgment, I am not able to help you because of the kind of problem you have or because my training and skills are not appropriate, I will inform you of this fact and refer you to another therapist who may meet your needs. If you do violence to, threaten, verbally or physically, or harass me, I reserve the right to terminate you immediately from treatment. If I terminate your therapy, I will offer you referrals to other sources, but I cannot guarantee that they will accept you for therapy.
NO SHOW/LATE CANCELLATION ($100 CHARGE)
CANCELLATIONS AND MISSED APPOINTMENTS
The client is expected to attend each scheduled session on time. A canceled or delayed appointment delays our work and can negatively impact other clients. Since your appointments involve the reservation of time specifically for you, and out of respect for your therapist and our other clients, a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for rescheduling or canceling an appointment. We appreciate more than 24-hour notice when possible, as we can then make that time available to other clients. Therefore, if you should know before the required 24-hour notice that you will not be able to attend our session, please email me so I have time to fill your slot and can put another client in your space that may need it. The more time, the better for the therapist and other clients who are in need.
A late cancellation or no-show appointment hurts at least three people: you, me, and another client who could have potentially utilized your time slot. Therapy sessions are scheduled in advance and are a time reserved exclusively for my clients. When a session is canceled without adequate notice, I am unable to fill this time slot by offering it to another current client, a client on the waitlist, or a client with a clinical emergency.
WHEN THE NO-SHOW/LATE CANCEL FEE IS WAIVED
The only exception to this cancellation policy is in the event of a serious or contagious illness or emergency. I offer one grace for these purposes every six months. Some examples of emergencies are car accidents, deaths in the family, or extreme illness. Work issues do not constitute emergencies. This cancellation policy also applies even if missing the appointment was an unintentional act. In the event of prohibitive weather, we can conduct the session on the phone or video (individual counseling). If both parties in a couple cannot attend, consider having one come alone instead of canceling altogether and wasting the slot. Phone or video sessions are paid up-front in advance of the session.
FREQUENT CANCELLATIONS OR MISSED APPOINTMENT
Frequent cancellations (3 or more in 6 months or 2 consecutive) and/or missed appointments (no show) will result in the termination of treatment. If you have arranged with me to have recurring appointments, the next recurring appointment will stay on the calendar. Therefore, please contact me if you choose to cancel that appointment to avoid a second No Show/Late Cancel charge of $100. The recurring appointment will be removed after the second consecutive No Show/Late Cancel.
Although I may send email reminders about upcoming appointments, this is done as a courtesy and only if you consent to receive such communications by providing us with your email address and cell number. It remains your sole responsibility to keep track of and timely attend all scheduled therapy appointments, whether or not you receive the text or email reminder. It is your responsibility to inform the office if your phone number or email has changed. After 2 consecutive cancellations or no-shows, you will not be able to schedule another appointment and will be referred to another provider.
FEES FOR NO-SHOWS & LATE CANCELLATIONS
No-Show Fees: Anytime you fail to attend a scheduled appointment without giving appropriate prior notice of cancellation, you will be charged $100 for the no-show session. The credit card information or other payment information you previously provided will be used to process this payment. By providing us with your credit card information or booking an appointment, you consent to this policy. Multiple no-shows will result in the termination of therapy.
Late Cancellation Fees: Any session that is missed by canceling less than 24 hours in advance will be charged a $100 fee. You will be charged even if the cancellation is work-related and even if you rescheduled the appointment. The credit card information you previously provided will be used to process this payment. By providing us with your credit card information or booking an appointment, you consent to this policy. Repeated late cancellations (more than two) may result in the termination of therapy. Multiple no-shows will result in the termination of therapy.
You should note that insurance companies generally do not reimburse for missed appointments.
HOW 24-HOUR NOTICE WORKS
A fee of $100 will be charged when you miss or cancel an appointment without giving 24 hours advanced notice. This means that if an appointment is scheduled for 3:00 pm on a Tuesday, notice must be given by 3:00 pm on Monday at the absolute latest. Note that if your appointment is on a Monday, the cancellation needs to be provided no later than the prior Friday, by your appointment time, to be considered proper 24-hour notice. You can cancel your appointment by calling the office or replying 2 to the reminder log.
WAIT TIME/GRACE PERIOD
Your wait time is kept to a minimum. Due to the length of time provided for each appointment, it is critical that you arrive on time for your appointments. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, we will have no choice but to reschedule your appointment and you will be responsible for the $100 fee for a no show.
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