Author Archives: Guest Author

Families – Always a Factor

It was already a truism in mental health circles more than sixty years ago: when a “problem” child is brought for therapy, and progress [...]

When Summer Ends, What Begins?

Whether or not a person – therapist, client/patient, or anyone – actually takes a summer vacation, there is a universal awareness that [...]

Insurance Company Records Request

It seems that requests by insurance companies or contractors for insurance companies for copies of client records is on the uptick. [...]

Temptations in Clinical Encounters

Our community of psychotherapists has evolved a set of rules for all its members, without exception.  These rules embody decades of [...]

Federal Regulations and Guidelines for Client Access to Records

The US Department Of Health and Human Services has published guidelines for individuals’ right under HIPAA to access their health [...]

Mindfulness: Self-awareness vs. Self-criticism

The beginning of a new year traditionally is a time of fresh starts and planned improvements in one’s life.  While we psychotherapists [...]

Transparency Without Overexposure, Boundaries Without Remoteness

We therapists are paid to be nosey—in a professional way, of course.  We get to ask strangers we’ve just met about their love life, [...]

When Death Threatens Someone Close to the Therapist – What to Expect – Really, not Ideally

We know how to deal with grief in our clients/patients.  We know how to help someone who is very ill go through the various stages and [...]

What Is HIPAA Compliance Anyway?

New HIPAA regulations could be putting a strain on your practice. Everyday communication techniques that a practice uses have new [...]

Responding to Requests for Children’s Treatment Records

Special care should be taken by therapists when a child is receiving counseling services, and the child’s parent requests a copy of all [...]

Age of Consent for Mental Health Treatment in the State of Georgia

In general, Georgia law provides that the age of majority is 18 years, and every person under 18 is a minor, according to O.C.G.A. [...]

The Right to Diagnose for Texas MFTs

On November 21, 2014 the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, At Austin in Cause No. 03-13-00077-CV issued its decision in a case [...]

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