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Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC
*Psychotherapist, MS,MSEd
*Licensed Professional Counselor
*Board Certified Coach
*National Certified Counselor

*Innovative Speaker

        (203) 948-0938

info@kelleyhopkinsalvarez.com

    100 Danbury Rd, Bld B.
      Ridgefield, CT 06877

    

Crisis and Privacy

 

Crisis

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO, IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS AND HAVE A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY:

Life is worth living! Tell someone immediately if you have thoughts of suicide and/or are feeling hopeless.

If you have a life threatening emergency, you should call 911
or go to your nearest emergency room
. I do not provide emergency support. 

After calling 911 or reporting to your nearest hospital emergency room for crisis intervention, please then contact me.

  • Connecticut CRISIS Hotline:    1 - 888 - 447- 3339
  • National SUICIDE Prevention:  1 - 800 - 273 - 8255

 

DISCLAIMER:

The information you obtain at this website is not, nor is it intended to be, psychological advice or therapy, nor does it establish a therapist/client relationship. You should consult a therapist / counselor for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Privacy

LIMITS OF CONFIDENTIALITY:

Electronic communications such as email and/or text are not secure. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility  that information you include in an email and/or text can be intercepted, and/or read by other parties,  besides the person to whom it is addressed.  No one can offer you a psychological diagnosis from email, text or other written communications, and communication via our website cannot replace the relationship you have with any healthcare practitioner.

Discussion between client and therapist are confidential, and will be released only with the client’s written consent; with minors as an exception. I will communicate critical information to parents/guardians if in my opinion the situation warrants. In context of couple or family therapy, information shared with me individually will be kept confidential. It is customary practice in the mental health and/or medical profession to at times; consult with other professionals; on cases to ensure the highest level of care. All discussions will respect anonymity of clients. State law mandates that mental health professionals report certain situations to the appropriate person(s) and/or agencies.

Possible situations which are exceptions to confidentiality include but are not limited to:

  • Acute risk, or homicidal, or suicidal behavior.
  •  Court order or subpoena.
       *This practice does not testify in court related and/or custody matters.
  • Suspicion of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect involving a child under 18, adult over 65, or disabled person. We are mandated by law to report to Department of Children & Families under CT General Statute 17a-101 any level of concern.
  • Fee disputes between the therapist and client.
  • AIDS/HIV and/or other health issue involving possible transmission to other parties.
  • Situations where the counselor has a duty to warn, notify, or disclose potential harm.

 

CLIENT TRANSITION AND TERMINATION:

There are certain instances, where it is clinically appropriate to either transfer and/or terminate the client-therapist/coach relationship. In these instances, I endeavor to provide a final transition session to the client. With written consent, I will also provide client’s new practitioner and/or physician with client history via telephone.  I do not provide written history in these instances due to time constraints.

A client-therapist/coach relationship may be transferred and/or terminated under the following circumstances:

  • Use of violent, threatening, harassing, and/or discriminatory behavior, etc.
  • Office Firearms and Weapons Policy: Regardless if a client has a legal permit; clients are prohibited to bring concealed and/or exposed firearms/weapons into building, property, the session and waiting room.
  • Non-compliance with treatment plan recommendations.
  • Showing up under the influence or drugs and/or alcohol, and/or repeated use of substances that interferes with client’s ability to participate in sessions.
  • For any clients that are taking psychotropic and/or other medications, my practice requires that I be permitted to collaborate with the prescribing MD or APRN, in order to provide a team approach to your wellness.
  • Payment delinquency.
  • Clients are prohibited from recording any portion of their sessions, whether in office, video or calls. Under Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-187, it’s against the law to record a telephone communication, or a communication made by a person other than a sender or receiver, without the consent of either the sender or receiver. A violation of this crime is considered eavesdropping under C.G.S. § 53a-189 and is a class D felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
  • Excessive lateness and missing 2 or more sessions without proper notification.
  • Clients requiring services that may require 24hr crisis support: suicidal ideation and/or attempts, self-injury, substance abuse, violence, physical and/or sexual abuse. Such clients may be referred out and appropriately transitioned to resources that provide 24hr care, as this is beyond the scope of services that   I provide in this private practice. When clients have been referred and/or completed any In-Patient or Intensive Out-Patient Treatment stay, I require them to transition to a practice where there is a psychiatrist on staff to manage their increased care level and/or medication management, as this is beyond the scope of services I provide.

 

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