I understand that I am financially responsible for any balance. I authorize Lifeworks Counseling Center to charge my card immediately for no shows, late fees and payment not rendered within 60 days.
The above information is true to the best of my knowledge. I authorize my insurance benefits be paid directly to Lifeworks. I understand that I am financially responsible for any balance. I also authorize Lifeworks Counseling Center or insurance company to release any information required to process my claims.
I hereby instruct and direct the insurance company to pay by check made payable to: Lifeworks Counseling Center, PLLC, 2625 N. Josey Lane, Suite 250, Carrollton, TX 75007; the professional or medical expense benefits allowable and otherwise payable to me under my current insurance policy as payment toward the total charges for the professional services rendered.
THIS IS A DIRECT ASSIGNMENT OF MY RIGHTS AND BENEFITS FROM THIS POLICY. This payment will not exceed my indebtedness to the assigned, and I agree to pay any balance of said professional services charges over and above this insurance payment at the time service is rendered.
LifeWorks Counseling Center (LWCC) is an independent agency and has no relationship with any managed care or insurance company. We do not accept third party reimbursement. Our psychotherapy services are offered to individual adults, couples, families, and children. We also periodically offer group psychotherapy for a variety of different issues.
There are many different approaches to the therapeutic process. Your therapist will work with you to provide you with the most appropriate interventions for your particular issue(s)/goals. Please discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding your treatment with your therapist at any time during the process.
The following is a brief description of LWCC’s philosophy of the services we provide:
Psychotherapy in its broadest definition is about growth. It is about living more authentically and autonomously by removing defenses and other “survival” responses that were developed during one’s life, most often in childhood. One goal of therapy is to replace these dysfunctional patterns with responses that are more congruent with the individual’s present life and social environment. During the initial stages of therapy an understanding of the process and a beginning awareness of the underlying issues take place.
During the intermediate stages of psychotherapy, awareness and understanding progresses to a more active status, in which old dysfunctional patterns begin to be replaced with more appropriate, and healthier responses.
In the final stages of therapy, a client becomes increasingly able to continue the growth process on his/her own. The safety and support of the therapeutic relationship has been replaced with an internal autonomy and authenticity, allowing the individual to face his/her own issues, and adjust the psychological course as necessary and desired.
Psychological assessment provides the opportunity to evaluate an individual compared against normative samples in order to determine how similar or different they are from the normative group.
Psychological assessment typically presents a relatively low risk to participants. It is possible that individuals may feel uncomfortable or anxious about being tested. Assessors are trained to detect and respond sensitively to indications of anxiety.
The benefits of completing a psychological assessment may include obtaining a detailed description of strengths and challenges in the areas covered by the assessment (e.g., intellectual, academic, social-emotional functioning), and recommendations for addressing areas of difficulty. For example, this information might be useful to help an individual qualify for special accommodations in his or her educational or work environment.
Texas state law requires that information provided to mental health practitioners remain confidential, and LWCC makes every effort to ensure confidentiality is maintained with respect to all aspects of your treatment. Please be aware that there are limitations and exceptions to confidentiality, in which case information may be disclosed to the appropriate authorities/agencies/individuals. This includes:
The parents or legal guardians of LWCC clients under the age of 18 have the right to access their child’s psychological records. The exception to this is in the case of an emancipated minor. A minor is emancipated if he or she is on active duty with the armed services, is married, or is 16 years of age or older and resides separate and apart from his/her parents, managing conservator, or guardian and manages his/her own financial affairs. Your child’s therapist will discuss with you the limitations, procedures, and implications with regard to your child’s records and progress.
The time and day of your appointment should be coordinated with our office staff. After your first session, if you would like to schedule your appointment via the Internet, you will get information on how to schedule appointments through our online service called Therapy Appointment.
You will be offered to receive a courtesy reminder when you check out after your initial appointment.
Regardless of any reminder you request, you are accountable for your appointment time and any associated fees for missing an appointment.
Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes. They begin promptly and end at the scheduled time. If you arrive late, which sometimes can occur, please note that the session will not be extended beyond the regularly scheduled time. The total number of sessions is dependent on a number of factors including your goals, timeframe, rate of progress, etc. Psychotherapy resulting in lasting change can sometimes be a long-term process, lasting several months or longer. Please discuss any issues/concerns you have with your therapist so that an appropriate treatment plan can be formulated which will best suit your needs/desires.
LWCC fees for services: $135 for the initial session, then $150/per session. Our therapists are providers for most insurance panels and you are responsible for your deductible and co-pay. Our office staff will go over your benefits with you.
While positive benefits are expected from counseling services, specific results are not guaranteed. The work you will do involves personal exploration and may lead to major changes in your perspective and life decisions. Some of these changes could be temporarily distressing. However, please know that your therapist will work towards the best possible results for you.
The relationship between therapist and client is the impetus through which client change takes place. As such, it is often one in which close emotional bonds develop. It is also a professional relationship in which appropriate boundaries must be maintained. For the most part, the therapeutic relationship begins and ends at the therapy office. Although this is sometimes difficult to understand, it is an ethical requirement for maintenance of the therapeutic environment. As such, your therapist cannot be expected to be involved in a social relationship or friendship of any kind that exists outside of the therapy room. Also, LWCC’s therapists value your right to privacy. Included in this value is our pledge to acknowledge you in public only if you first approach the therapist.
If a conflict arises for you or your therapist, either has the right to withdraw from the treatment process. If your therapist feels the need to withdraw from providing treatment, he/she will inform you and provide appropriate referrals.
If an unforeseen event occurs which renders your therapist unable to continue to provide services (illness, death, etc.) or if your therapist retires, LWCC will provide you with information on obtaining your records should you need a referral. In the event of sudden illness or unforeseen event, a member of our therapy staff will be available to provide services in the interim until your therapist is able to return to work or until a referral is made.
You have the right to file a confidential grievance if you have an unresolved concern regarding your counseling services, or any issue involving any representative of LWCC. Any grievance should be in written form and addressed to:
Wayne M. Cagle, MEd, LPC/Owner
LifeWorks Counseling Center
2625 N. Josey Ln., Suite 250
Carrollton, Texas 75007
For complaints involving post-graduate and licensed therapists, you may also contact the appropriate licensing board listed below:
If you need to contact your therapist you may do so by leaving a message with the staff at LWCC and it will be forwarded to your therapist. In an emergency situation please call the Suicide and Crisis Center any time at 214-828-1000, or the 24-hour crisis hotline at 214-330-7722 or 911. LWCC is not a crisis facility and will not be held responsible for any damages occurring as a result of unmet crisis or acute care needs. Non-emergency phone calls will be returned the following business day.
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact your therapist at LifeWorks Counseling Center.
Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. The information we have about you will be held to the highest levels of confidentiality. We are required by law to give you a notice of our privacy practices and to maintain the privacy of your confidential information. Unless you give us permission in writing, we will only disclose your information when we are ethically or legally required to do so.
This notice describes the information privacy practices followed by our employees. The practices described in this notice will also be followed by agency employees and/or volunteers you consult with by telephone.
This notice applies to the information and records we have about your counseling, mental health status, and the care and services you receive at this office.
We are required by law to give you this notice. It will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose information about you and describes your rights and our obligations regarding the use and disclosure of that information.
We may use or disclose information about you without your permission for the following purposes, subject to all applicable legal requirements and limitations:
We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
Lawsuits and disputes
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose information about you in response to a court or administrative order. Subject to all applicable legal requirements, we may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena.
We will not use or disclose your confidential information for any purpose other than those identified in the previous sections without your specific, written Authorization. We must obtain your Authorization separate from any Consent we may have obtained from you. If you give us Authorization to use or disclose confidential information about you, you may revoke that Authorization, in writing, at any time.If you revoke your Authorization, we will no longer use or disclose information about you for the reasons covered by your written Authorization, but we cannot take back any uses or disclosures already made with your permission.
You have the following rights regarding health information we maintain about you:
You have the right to inspect and copy your health information, such as progress notes and billing records. You must submit a written request to your therapist in order to inspect and/or copy your information. If you request a copy of the information, a fee of $50 will be charged for the costs of copying, mailing or other associated supplies. Your therapist may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances. If you are denied access to your information, you may ask that the denial be reviewed. If such a review is required by law, the Custodian of Records of LWCC will review your request and our denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request, and we will comply with the outcome of the review.
If you believe information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask your therapist to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment as long as the information is kept by this office.
To request an amendment, complete and submit a Record Amendment/Correction form to your therapist. Your therapist may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, your therapist may deny your request if you ask him/her to amend information that:
You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” This is a list of the disclosures we made of confidential information about you. To obtain this list, you must submit your request in writing to your therapist. It must state a time period, which may not be longer than six years and may not include dates before May 1, 2010. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper, electronically). A fee of $50 will be charged to you for the costs of providing the list. Your therapist will remind you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the confidential information we use or disclose about you for any of the purposes outlined above. You also have the right to request a limit on the information we disclose about you. We are not required to agree to such requests.
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about treatment matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. In the event that emails or text messages are exchanged between therapist and client with therapy related discussions, please note that confidentiality is not guaranteed because LWCC’s email and texts are unencrypted. So be advised of the risk that may be involved when asking for transmission of communication with these mediums.
You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask your therapist or our office staff to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive it electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy. To obtain such a copy, contact our office staff. The fee for a copy of records is $50.
We reserve the right to change this notice, and to make the revised or changed notice effective for confidential information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a summary of the current notice in the office with its effective date in the top right-hand corner. You are entitled to a copy of the notice currently in effect.
Complaints and communications to us
If you wish to communicate with us about privacy issues or if you believe your privacy rights have been violated and wish to file a complaint with our office you can do so by writing to:
Custodian of Records
LifeWorks Counseling Center
2625 N. Josey Ln., Suite 250
Carrollton, TX 75007
You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you have the right to file a complaint with the federal government. You may write to:
Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Health & Human Services
150 S. Independence Mall West
Suite 372, Public Ledger Building
Philadelphia, PA 19106-9111
You will not be penalized for filing a complaint with the federal government.
By signing this document, you have read, understand, and agree to abide by all the terms, policies and procedures described above.
From humble beginnings in 1992, Lifeworks has grown to be one of the largest counseling and life coaching centers in the North Dallas area. Our licensed Psychologists and Professional Counselors offer a broad spectrum of expertise; focusing on specific areas. In addition, we have been able to provide expertise in the areas of psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological testing for all ages.
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