Office Policies

Sessions take place in my Santa Cruz office. Click here for directions. When you arrive at the office you’ll enter a security code on the front door. I’ll give you that code when you make your appointment. Once inside, you can make yourself comfortable in the waiting room. There is a restroom and drinking water for your needs. I’ll come to the waiting room to meet you at our appointed time. If we’re doing a phone session we will make specific agreements about how that will work.

Each session lasts 85 minutes. My fee is $125, payable at the beginning of the session. You can pay by cash, credit card, or check. At the beginning of your first session I will ask you to read and sign a one page handout with information about hypnotherapy and my office policies. Here is the information on the handout:

I. HYPNOTHERAPY
Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated profession. We are a certified profession, and I meet the highest standards set forth by the Professional Board of Hypnotherapy. I practice according to their Code of Ethics and Standards. I have received high quality training in hypnotherapy. I do not do medical diagnosis; nor am I a licensed physician or medical practitioner. I am a certified healing arts practitioner, a Certified Hypnotherapist. I provide hypnotherapy services, which give high-quality alternatives for people seeking to overcome many of the challenges of life. I pledge confidentiality.

II. CONFIDENTIALITY
Confidentiality is strictly held. What you tell me in my office stays there. Only a written release or a court order will enable an exchange of any information regarding treatment to a third party. The occasions under which confidentiality is broken, as required by law, are as follows: a) Child abuse; b) Elder abuse; c) Dependent adult abuse; d) Danger to self; e) Danger to others.

III. AVAILABILITY
I’m available Monday through Fridays by phone or email and it’s my intention to answer your communications as soon as possible. However, if you have an emergency where you need immediate care you are advised to call 911 in addition to leaving a message for me. I cannot guarantee my availability during an emergency.

IV. PAYMENT
Payment is due at the beginning of each session by cash, check or credit card unless other arrangements are made in advance. Session fees cover an 85 minute session. You will be given reasonable notice of any fee increases. Cash, checks, or Visa/MasterCard are acceptable as payment for my fee. In the event of a check that is returned for insufficient funds a $30 service charge will be assessed in addition to the full payment of the regular fee.

V. CANCELLATIONS & RESCHEDULING
A 48 hour notice by phone and email (to insure the message is received) is required for cancellations or rescheduling. The full fee is charged for late cancellations and for missed appointments without notice.