The following sex therapy policies are for SexTherapy-Online and can also be found in your New Client Information Packet and Informed Consent Document

Time Zone

All sessions are schedule in Central Time (1 hour before Eastern Time).  Please make the appropriate adjustments when scheduling appointments.

“Distracted” Therapy

Because all sessions are conducted either online or on the phone, please ensure that you have a confidential space and are not conducting any other activities (i.e.: driving) during session.

Social Media and Internet Boundaries Policies Document

Cancellation Policy

There is a standard cancellation policy that requires a 24-hour notice for a cancellation. If less than 24 hours is given for a cancellation, half of the fee will be charged. If a client does not show for the appointment, the full fee is charged. This policy is upheld and by signing the Informed Consent document, the client authorizes their credit card to be charged when the client cancels with less than 24 hours notice or does not show for the appointment and does not cancel.

If the client is using their medical insurance to be reimbursed for the sessions, the insurance company will not be billed for a missed appointment but rather the client will need to pay the full fee for a missed appointment and half fee for less than 24 hours notice. Emergencies are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If a client cancels three times throughout the course of treatment, it is assumed that now may not be the appropriate time for therapy. The therapist will address the repeated cancellations with the client and decide how to proceed.

Confidentiality

Rhiannon C. Beauregard, MA, LMFT-S, CST holds in confidence all information obtained, generated, or documented in the course of providing therapy with the following exceptions:

  1. Threat of serious harm to self or others;
  2. Reasonable suspicion of child abuse, or neglect of a child, or abuse, neglect or exploitation of an incapacitated or dependent adult;
  3. Court order;
  4. Voluntary written release signed by client or guardian; and
  5. During supervisory or peer consultations.

A special note regarding sensitive sexual content involving a child or incapacitated or dependent adult: counsel by state authorities will be sought if a client reveals that they are in possession of any type of pornography or explicit images/media of a child or incapacitated or dependent adult or have exchanged any type of pornography or explicit images/media with a child or incapacitated or dependent adult. Depending on the state you reside in, the therapist may be required by law to notify the police and other appropriate authorities.   This includes speaking/talking/texting/conversing with a minor in an explicit manner or exchanging explicit photos or videos with a minor. Please note, in some states, a minor is considered under the age of 18.

Providing therapy at a distance arises some unique challenges in case of an emergency. If an emergency occurs, Rhiannon C. Beauregard may speak to a member of your family or another clinician without your consent. If there is good reason to believe you are at imminent risk of harming yourself, Rhiannon C. Beauregard is legally responsible to inform a crisis center, hot line, emergency room, police, etc. and will contact the appropriate authorities in the area that you are located.

Many clients choose to be seen in a couple or family situation. Couple and/or family client records are the property of the couple and/or family and the couple and/or family has access to those records. It is essential that the client is aware that things that are said to the therapist can become part of the couple and/or family record and that all members of the client couple and/or family have access to the couple and/or family record. Treatment records will contain information about both/all parties and therefore will not be released unless both/all parties sign a written consent form or unless there is a court order.

I value your confidentiality greatly and in the event of an unexpected event causing death or permanent impairment of the therapist, client records and files will be managed by another licensed therapist who will provide a referral and transfer files if necessary.

I guarantee that many steps have been taken to ensure that your confidentiality is protected. Both of the online platforms that are used are encrypted and HIPAA secure and my location is confidential and secure. Your role in protecting the confidentiality of our sessions will be to ensure that our sessions do not take place in the presence of anyone but the client and that you take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure that your session is held in a private and confidential location. Additionally, it is expected that you do not participate in any other activities (such as driving) while in session.

Payment

Payment is expected at time of session and Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted.  If clients must pay by check, then payment of the session must be received prior to the session.  Payment is expected at time of service and is automatically charged via a secure integrated credit card processing system through www.therapyappointment.com

Insurance

SexTherapy-Onilne does not accept insurance.  Clients can pursue being reimbursed by their health insurance on their own and invoices will be provided via the Patient Portal on the www.therapyappointment.com website.  SuperBills can be sent at the clients request.