Everything you discuss on this form, or in the future with an NCC therapist, will be kept confidential and stored only in locked locations. Your privacy is important to us, but we are also trying to make sure that our services are a good fit for you. Please also know that legally there are a few situations in which therapists are mandated by law to break confidentiality: those being situations involving child abuse, elder abuse or a plan to hurt yourself or others. These situations are rare but they do occur.
It is also important for you to know a few things about the clinic. We are a training center and in almost all cases, the counseling here is provided by Master's level interns. This does mean that we do not prescribe or provide any medication or have in house crisis services. Our intern staff does turn over once a year, in between the months of May and July. Please note that our treatment model at the clinic is that most clients will receive 12 sessions with their therapist, although certainly that can be extended if the circumstances warrant longer treatment.
We do offer a sliding scale for payment and we can accept Medicaid. We will need to verify that your Medicaid is active and that it is a form that we can accept—there are some forms of Medicaid (like out of state or out of our county area) that we can not accept. If you have Medicaid, please bring your card to the first appt. If you are using the sliding scale, please know that the first appointment is $35. Your clinician will set your ongoing rate at the time of the first appointment. The options are $30, $50, $70 and $90.
We don't want cost to be an added stressor, so please consider your monthly budget when choosing your sliding scale alternative, and plan on coming every week or every other week. It is also important to budget enough time for that first appointment (20-30 minutes for registration and 90 minutes for the actual appointment. Also, please remember that therapy itself will feel a bit different than the first contact which is a history gathering appointment.In addition, your therapist must review your situation with their supervisor before they can offer a next appointment time-- they will call you in a few days with an appointment. If we are not able to serve you, we will give you some appropriate referrals.