Counseling and Psychotherapy
Dr. Todd provides counseling and
psychotherapy for children, adolescents, parents, couples,
and individuals. She provides marriage and family counseling
as well as divorce counseling and coaching. Although she
specializes in relationships and parenting concerns, Dr.
Todd is qualified and experienced to provide a broad range
of services. She is a provider for a well-known employee
assistance program. She has assisted many in the process of
grieving from loss encountered through the death of a loved
one. She has provided emergency assistance to despondent
individuals who are experiencing a crisis in their life or
in their family.
Beginning with the initial phone
call and continuing with the initial session, if scheduled,
Dr. Todd will gather information about your case that will
allow her to determine how best she can assist you. She will
then either accept your case or will refer you to an expert
whose is a specialist in the area of concern.
Dr. Todd’s referrals are to highly
trained specialists in their field. She knows these experts
personally as well as professionally. She considers it part
of her job to offer her clients the best service possible
and that includes referrals. Members of her
include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, licensed
social workers, occupational therapist, speech and language
clinicians, educators and tutors, private schools,
attorneys, financial consultants, home health providers, sex
therapists, and others.
Participation in Counseling and
At the time that the client and Dr.
Todd agree that counseling and psychotherapy will be
provided, a contract will be signed that spells out the fees
for the provided services, the kinds of treatment that Dr.
Todd provides, the method by which psychotherapy and
counseling is provided, an explanation of confidentiality of
records and written and verbal disclosures and the
participation that is expected from the client. This
agreement is held confidential and will become a part of the
client’s medical record. Disclosure or transfer of this
document is governed by law.
In order for counseling or psychotherapy
to be effective, the client must be aware that most of the
work will be done not in the office but at home. This is
accomplished through “therapeutic homework” assignments.
Family Member Participation
At times, it may be necessary to ask
one’s spouse or significant other or family members to
attend a session. The client will agree to keep Dr. Todd
fully up to date about any significant changes in their life
and that of his family members. The client will also inform
Dr. Todd of any significant behavior and shared feelings and
thoughts that have a bearing on the therapy. The client
should be aware that a change in one member of a family will
induce change in other family members and that change in the
client’s behavior and others in the family are part of the
therapeutic process. The client will agree to work with Dr.
Todd as a part of a team to accomplish short-term and
long-term therapeutic goals.
Dr. Todd’s basic psychotherapy
orientation is existential / cognitive therapy within the context of
“coming from choice” in decision-making and acceptance of
responsibility for one’s life and actions. However, she uses
a variety of counseling and psychotherapy techniques. These
may include: relaxation-stress reduction therapy, behavioral
therapy, rational-emotive therapy, gestalt therapy,
psychoeducational training, 12-step therapy, and
role-playing. The client may limit or stop any of these
techniques at anytime and they may stop therapy or limit the
amount of therapy at any time.
After the first session, Dr. Todd
will discuss with the client the treatment goals that are
desired by the client and the treatment objectives. The
counseling and psychotherapy will be based upon these goals.
Three goals and objectives will be selected as being of
priority in the therapy. When goals and objectives have been
met, treatment can be terminated or new goals can be set and
therapy continued. As a rule of thumb, it will most likely
take about six sessions to meet these goals. Informal
subjective means will be used to evaluate the effectiveness
of the therapy and to measure progress.
Confidentiality in therapy and
counseling will be waived, according to Florida law, under
the following conditions:
Disclosure of threats of harm to
children by the client or others
Disclosure of suicidal intentions
of the client
Disclosure of sexual or physical
abuse of children by the client, client’s spouse, or others
Court order by a judge
A signed release by the client to
a designated party
Insurance and payment plans
Dr. Todd has chosen to be an “out
of network provider” for most insurance, including Blue
Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Todd will bill you for her services
at the time the service is provided. If this is a proven
hardship, Dr. Todd will discuss some alternative plans with
you. Payment is by cash or check only. She does not take
credit cards. After payment, she will provide you with a
“super bill” which will provide with all the information
needed for your insurance company to reimburse you according
to your plan with them.
Insurance plans vary. It is your
responsibility to check if insurance will cover any portion
of your bill. If a physician’s signature is needed before
Dr. Todd can provide the service for partial or full
insurance reimbursement, it is your responsibility to obtain
this permission prior to seeing Dr. Todd.
provided by Dr. Todd are not usually, if ever, covered.
These include but are not limited to:
Considerations regarding the use
When a claim is filed with an
insurance company, confidentiality of the client’s condition
or diagnosis is no longer confidential. The information will
be kept in your insurance company’s database and will also
be filed in a national Medical Inform Bureau’s database. At
some future time, this data may prevent the client from
insurance coverage at a latter date, as it will be
considered proof of a preexisting condition.