Treatment information will vary for every patient, but below are some general guidelines to help you know what to expect during the course of your treatment.
Theoretical Orientation, Goals, and Techniques
Dr. Perry’s professional approach is based on an integrative and humanistic model of psychotherapy. This means he uses a variety of techniques, and it is ultimately up to you to define your own therapeutic goals.
As a therapist, Dr. Perry will help you increase your insight and self-awareness. He will help you clarify your personal goals, then explore with you possible strategies to achieve them. He will not create goals for you or dictate what he believes would be in your best interest — only you can make those decisions for yourself.
Number and Frequency of Sessions
The number and frequency of counseling sessions shall be discussed during the first session and will be dependent upon your own personal needs and preferences.
All sessions and treatment information will be strictly confidential. However, you should be aware of the few exceptions in which confidentiality may be broken. These exceptions could happen if:
- you sign a written consent to release information.
- you express serious intent to harm yourself or someone else.
- there is evidence of abuse against a child, elderly person 65 years or older, or a dependent adult.
- Dr. Perry receives a subpoena or court order requesting disclosure of information.
It is standard practice for therapists to consult with other professionals in the field. However, when discussing confidential information with other professionals, Dr. Perry and his team members will never mention names or revealing characteristics of clients.
Although psychotherapy and counseling are generally considered to be beneficial to most individuals, there are certain potential risks that you should be aware of. During the process of therapy, you could experience unwanted or intense feelings, such as guilt, sadness, grief, shame, anger, and anxiety. These can be a natural and necessary component of therapy. Other risks that might be experienced include the emergence of troubling memories, disturbing thoughts, and even significant changes in your relationships with others. Though these experiences may be difficult while they are occurring, they are often important steps towards reaching your therapeutic goals.
Fees and Payment
Dr. Perry’s fee is $150 for a 50-minute session and is collected at the beginning of each session. Reduced cost services are based on a sliding scale fee structure ranging from $40 to $80 per 50-minute increment for services provided by a psychological assistant.
Dr. Perry accepts cash, checks and credit cards. If you need to cancel a session, a 24-hour notice is required. Third party reimbursements are accepted on a limited basis, and such arrangements must be discussed with Dr. Perry before beginning therapy.