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About Belinda Walker's Practice

Overview of Therapy

As a Licensed Psychologist, I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic techniques.  The goal of therapy is to help you resolve the problems for which you are seeking treatment.  Please know that while it is impossible to guarantee any specific results regarding you therapeutic goals, I will work with you as conscientiously and diligently as I can to achieve the best possible results.  If at any time, you have questions about your therapy, are dissatisfied, or have questions about my services, please let me know.  Other treatment options and/or referrals will be provided as deemed appropriate.  Psychologists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.  I do, however, work closely with physicians in providing information that helps in the coordination of medical and psychological care.


The information that you provide in therapy is confidential and will not be shared with others without your written consent.  However, there are a few circumstances when confidentiality will not be maintained.
These include:

  • Concerns of imminent harm to self and others (i.e., suicide or homicide, respectively),
  • Crucial information about physical or emotional well-being of the client,
  • Being sued by the client
  • Suspicion or knowledge of child/elder abuse,
  • A judge or district attorney’s office mandating the release of records,
  • Mental health services (e.g., insurance, disability)
  • Collection of any outstanding balance, or
  • Any other situation required by law.

Coverage/Emergencies

I am on call for emergency situations 24 hours a day except for some weekends, holidays, vacations, etc.  If you truly require emergency assistance for a life or death situation, do not hesitate to call my office and ask to speak to me (during regular business hours).  If your call is made after regular business hours or over the weekend/holiday, the office recording will provide emergency contact information.  In case of imminent danger,  go to the nearest hospital or call 911 for emergency aid.

Non-emergency calls usually will be answered within the same business day.  In some cases, however, you call may be returned the next business day.  Please remember to leave your name, a brief message, and always leave a call back phone number to expedite the handling of your call.


Sessions/Fees

Therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes in length.  The remainder of the hour is used to chart notes, return client phone calls, etc.  A responsible parent or adult must be present for the entire session for children under the age of 16.  It is highly encouraged that other arrangements be made for siblings of minor clients.  Parents are often a part of sessions and it is more beneficial if a parent’s attention is not divided from the therapy session.  The initial office visit fee is $160.00.  The fee for subsequent visits is $135.00.  Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa.


Insurance

I do not accept or file insurance.  Clients are provided sufficient information at each appointment in order to file for reimbursement.


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