Treatment planning starts at your first session. It continues as an ongoing discussion of your goals in therapy and may be reported to a third-party payer or another member of your treatment team who requests your medical records.1 Such reporting helps them track the effectiveness of treatment and may guide whether they continue to authorize reimbursement for your sessions. I believe the primary goal of treatment planning is helping you track your treatment to make sure that it’s meeting your needs. A treatment plan for reimbursed therapy typically includes measurable milestones, such as reduction in frequency or duration of symptoms. For example, reducing the number of arguments from twice a week to less than monthly, or decreasing the intensity of anxiety attacks from SUDS of 10 to less than 3. (SUDS = Subjective Units of Distress. 10 is maximum and 0 is asymptomatic.)
1. Therapy clients whose sessions are billed to insurers or other third parties agree to the release of medical records at that payer’s request as part of their insurance contract. Treatment may be coordinated with another mental health or medical professional. Typically you will sign an authorization to disclose medical records and consult. In urgent or emergency situations medical records laws (HIPAA) allow medical professionals to share records and consult without authorization. For your comfort I prefer to get your permission first, if at all possible.
To schedule a first appointment please select this link. Although experienced with emergencies, that is not my practice focus. As an outpatient therapist I work with people who can reliably cope, are not at risk or in crisis, do not have thoughts of self-harm, and are seeking to grow.