Healing Development

1000 Parkwood Circle SE
Suite 900
Atlanta GA 30339
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We Can Get There...

This relationship works in part because of the roles held by each person.
You have certain roles that are important for you to know about because
this is your opportunity for healing and development.
I believe people can recover, and so can you.

My Responsibilities to You as Your Therapist
I. Confidentiality
Sessions are confidential. I may want speak to another about you with your consent, yet this is very rare. I will always act so as to protect your privacy even if you do consent to share. You may have me share information with whomever you chose, and you can change your mind too. You may request anyone you wish to attend a therapy session with you.
If you elect to communicate with me by email or electronic media at some point in our work together, I am willing to respond briefly, but please be aware that email and other electronic media are not completely confidential.
The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality.
If I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I must also contact the police and ask them to protect your intended victim.
If I have good reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting a child or vulnerable adult, or if you give me information about someone else who is doing this, I must inform Child Protective Services within 48 hours and Adult Protective Services immediately.
If I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police or an ambulance. I am not obligated to do this, and would explore all other options with you before I took this step. If at that point you were unwilling to take steps to guarantee your safety, I would call 911.
If you and your partner decide to have some individual sessions as part of the couples therapy, what you say in those individual sessions will be considered to be a part of the couples therapy, and can and probably will be discussed in our joint sessions. Do not tell me anything you wish kept secret from your partner.
II. Record-keeping
I keep brief records of each session noting the dates we meet, the topics we cover, reports from the client’s perspective, interventions, impressions and next steps. I keep these notes for as long as I think they are useful.
III. Diagnosis
If a third party such as an insurance company is paying for part of your bill, I am normally required to give a diagnosis to that third party in order to be paid. Diagnoses are technical terms that describe the nature of your problems and something about whether they are short-term or long-term problems. If I do use a diagnosis, we can discuss this impression in your sessions.
IV. Other Rights
You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy. I’m always willing to discuss how and why I’ve decided to do what I’m doing, and to look at alternatives that might work better. You can feel free to ask me to try something that you think will be helpful. You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns, and can request that I refer you to someone else if you decide I’m not the right therapist for you. You are free to leave therapy at any time, although I recommend finding a way to give me advance notice so that I can help you end treatment well.
Because I have a limited practice, I do not have 24 hour emergency or “on call” coverage. If you believe you will need a therapist with 24 hour coverage I will be happy to make a referral. If you experience a psychiatric emergency, you should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room rather than waiting for me to call you back.
V. Fees
Individual therapy is $130 per 45-50 minute session. Couples therapy is $130 per 45-50 minute session. You will be asked to pay for each session at the time of the session. Payment can be by check, cash, or credit card (there is a $4 surcharge for the credit card, as this is not my usual form of payment). I do have a sliding scale for those who cannot afford the cost of therapy, just ask.
VI. Ending Therapy Well
I want to make your therapy as successful as possible. For that reason, it works best to find a rhythm and structure to the beginning stages with sessions that meet regularly. I will also do my best to offer you a referral to other sources of care, but cannot guarantee that they will accept you for therapy or how they will approach your treatment.

My Training and Approach to Therapy
My approach is usually psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, with the use of Christian humanism and existentialism. I am seminary trained. I have a BA in Music with a minor in Biblical Studies. I have an MS in Counseling with a minor in Theological Studies. I have been in practice since 2005. I may suggest that you get involved in additional forms of support, such as a support group as part of your work with me. If another person is working with you, I may ask you if I can communicate freely with that person about your care.

Your Responsibilities as a Therapy Client
You are responsible for coming to your session on time and at the time we have scheduled. Sessions usually last for 45 minutes or more. If you are late, we will endeavor to end on time and not run over. If you miss a session without canceling, or cancel with less than forty-eight (48) hours notice within business hours (Monday-Friday), you will be charged for that session, unless I can reschedule with you within the same calendar week. There is also a $4 surcharge for using a credit card as this is not my usual form or payment (Cash or Check please).
If you’re unhappy with what’s happening in therapy, I hope you’ll talk about it with me so that I can respond to your concerns.

Client Consent to Counseling
I have read this statement, had sufficient time to be sure that I considered it carefully, asked any questions that I needed to, and understand it. I understand the limits to confidentiality. I understand the fee per session and my role as a client, and my therapist’s responsibilities to me. I know I can end therapy at any time I wish.

Starting therapy with Michael Rivera signals agreement of these policies

To set up a session with Michael, simply email: michaelriveralpc@gmail.com
or call
678.221.4143 to speak with me. You will be glad you did!