Dr. Jay Beard
About Psychotherapy

My Training and Background

About My Practice

Contacting Me

Directions To My Office

Initial Session Paperwork

Dr. Jay Beard

About My Practice

Among the wide variety of issues people work on with me are anxiety and depression, relationship problems, self concept, parenting issues, and sexual identity and expression. I see many different types of people in my practice and often work with gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, their families, and friends.

I most often see people individually but also do group therapy and love working with couples to help them work through difficulties and enhance their connection with each other

What follows is some basic information about my practice.

Meetings and Scheduling
I usually schedule one 50-minute session per week, although sometimes we might decide to hold longer or more frequent sessions. This fifty minutes includes time spent paying fees, setting up future appointments, etc.

My Professional Fees
Fees are payable at the beginning or end of each session. You may pay in advance for a number of sessions, but may not miss payments unless this is specifically arranged ahead of time. My fee for each 50-minute session is $150 unless we arrange otherwise It is my practice to charge this amount on a prorated basis for any other professional service you may require outside of our sessions, such as report or letter writing, telephone conversations that last longer than 10 minutes, or preparation of records or treatment summaries.

Insurance Reimbursement
Usually, health insurance policies provide some coverage for mental health treatment. However, you, not your insurance company, are responsible for full payment of the fee we have agreed to. Therefore it is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers, and whether preauthorization or pre-certification is required.

Contacting Me
Other than by prior arrangement, I am not immediately available by telephone. However, I will make every effort to return phone calls within 24 hours except when you have been notified that I will be out of town or otherwise unavailable and barring personal emergency. If you feel that you cannot wait for me to return your call, please contact your family physician or the emergency room at the nearest hospital and ask for the psychologist or psychiatrist on call. If I am going to be unavailable for an extended period of time, I will let you know in advance and will, if requested, provide you with the name of a trusted colleague whom you can contact during my absence if necessary.

Confidentiality
I will keep all information about our sessions (including the fact that you are or have been in therapy with me) strictly confidential in accordance with the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association. The law also protects the privacy of all communications between us. These laws and guidelines require exception to confidentiality only under such extenuating circumstances as when a client expresses a serious intent to inflict life-threatening harm upon him/herself or someone else, or there is likelihood of some preventable abuse of a minor, an elderly person, or a disabled person. Situations like this have rarely arisen in my practice. Should a situation of this nature occur, I would make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.

Though I share office space with other professionals, each of us operates as an independent practitioner. No one else has access to your records, phone messages, or other confidential information.