As a client of a Licensed Professional Counselor, you have the following rights:

  • To expect that a licensee has met the qualifications of training and experience required by state law
  • To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm licensure status
  • To report complaints to the Board
  • To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services (Tirzah's Fee Schedule)
  • To be free from being the object of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, or other unlawful category while receiving services 
  • To be assured of privacy and confidentiality (HIPPA Info) while receiving services as defined by rule of law. The following information describes the only *exceptions* to confidentiality:


  • All licensed clinicians are ‘mandatory reporters’, and are required to inform the appropriate authority/person of known or suspected child or elder abuse, and/or the abuse of a person who is incapacitated in a way that prevents them from acting on their own behalf
  • All licensed clinicians are ‘mandatory reporters’, and are required to inform the appropriate authority/person of known or suspected imminent danger to self (i.e. client discloses plan for suicide) or danger or others (i.e. specific threats of harm/violence)
  • Providing information required in court proceedings (this information is provided only when it is requested in writing by a judge; a request from a lawyer is not adequate to disclose your protected information)
  •  providing the basic information needed to bill your insurance company. It will require a diagnosis code and dates of service. This information is what indicates ‘medical necessity’, and without it, your insurance company will deny claims and will not cover the cost of your appointments. They are also required to abide by strict confidentiality standards, and are not allowed to share this information
  • Providing information about a client, should a clinician need consultation with another clinician about a client’s care (any identifying information such as name, place of employment, etc, is not included in consultation)

  • A clinician defending themselves, if a formal complaint is made about that clinician


Information about Tirzah's Practice can be found here.

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BFHL Admin Account,
Sep 9, 2017, 10:36 PM