Please download the Intake/Consent form, fill out, and attach along with a copy of your Photo ID prior to the start of your first full session. This information will give consent for treatment; without it, we will not be able to proceed with therapeutic services. Thank you!
Essence of Wellness Therapy, LLC is committed to protecting medical information about you. No information is released without your knowledge and written consent, except for those rare instances in which the therapist (R.R. Joseph) is required by law or by court to reveal particular information. If an emergency situation occurs in which the client demonstrates a high probability of harming himself/herself or others, the therapist may be required to release information to ensure safety. R.R. Joseph is also a mandated reporter of suspected abuse or neglect of minors, disabled, and elderly individuals, as described further below. This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed by Essence of Wellness Therapy, LLC and how you can get access to this information. Please review this notice carefully. Understanding Your Protected Health Information (PHI). When you visit Essence of Wellness Therapy, LLC, a record is made of your issues, assessment, recommendations, treatment plan, and other mental health or medical information. Your record is the physical property of Essence of Wellness Therapy, LLC; the information which is within, belongs to you. Being aware of what is in your record will help you to make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others. In using and disclosing your protected health information (PHI), it is the therapist’s objective to follow the Privacy Standards of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and requirements of Florida law. Your mental health and/or medical records serve as: • A basis for creating your treatment plan and goals. • A legal document describing the counseling care you receive. • A tool with which the therapist and client can assess and continually work to improve the care rendered and the outcomes achieved. Essence of Wellness Therapy,LLC conducts all telehealth visits on “Sessions” by PsychologyToday, a HIPAA-compliant therapeutic online platform. Please note, certain therapeutic exercises may be suggested on NON-HIPAA-compliant applications (WhatsAPP, MarcoPolo, etc), and will be completed only upon verbal agreement by all parties.
Friending: Therapist is not permitted to accept “friend requests” from clients on her personal social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Adding clients as “friends” on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and client/therapist respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when you meet with the therapist. Liking/Following: You are welcome to “like” or “follow” EOW social media feeds and read or share articles that are posted; however, because social media sites are public spaces, anyone who can see EOW social media pages can see your post or comment. In addition, when you post, comment, or “like” a page, it will be published on your page as well. The therapist’s primary concern is your privacy. You are welcome to use your own discretion in choosing whether or not to “follow,” “comment,” or “repost” EOW Therapy-related material. In order to maintain ethical boundaries, the therapist will not reciprocate. Business Reviews: If you do choose to write a business review, please be mindful of sharing personally revealing information in a public forum.
R.R. Joseph is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of FL and a National Certified Counselor. Her Master's of Science degree is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture. R.R. Joseph is currently working toward her PhD in Anthropology, concentrating in Health through Culture and Food. She uses specialized trauma protocols working with survivors of trauma: • RTM (Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories) • Tf-NLP (Trauma-Focused, Neurolinguistic Programming) • ti-CCYT (Trauma-Informed Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher)
Mental Health License# MH16188
I believe that anyone is capable of change, if change is what they truly desire. The recipe for the best version of you begins with this first step. It is my passion to work with open-minded individuals in processing the past, effecting change in the present, and designing the best possible version of the future. My goal as your therapist through the L.I.V.E. Therapy treatment plan is to help you REDESIGN YOUR LIFE and nurture the best version of you. While we certainly will process how your past traumas/stressors impact your life today, the majority of our therapeutic sessions will consist of equipping you with the mental and emotional tools necessary for you to achieve your Quality World and experience the essence of wellness.
I approach therapy from a Choice Theory standpoint. Choice Theory teaches us that we are much more in control of our lives than we realize...Taking more effective control means making better choices" (Glasser, 1998, pg. 4). Pulling from Choice Theory's "here and now" actions of the client, as well as from my own clinical experience, I have created a specialized therapeutic treatment plan: L.I.V.E. Therapy.
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I am obligated to adhere to the ethical codes and laws relevant to mental health counseling. As part of my ethical obligation, I am only able to provide counseling services within my realm of competency. If I determine that your therapeutic needs are outside of my realm of expertise or scope of practice, or at your request, I can make referrals to other mental health providers at different levels of care. Additionally, as all counseling has an ending point (termination of therapy), we will work together to find appropriate aftercare services at the point of termination. Please review the ethical codes and laws relevant to mental health counseling at: http://www.counseling.org/ethics
Throughout therapy, some clients may have emotional responses and reactions that are unfamiliar to them. This may be difficult to experience. The emotional discomfort that may be caused by therapy is usually temporary, ultimately diminishing in time when addressed in a safe and healthy manner. However, there is no guarantee as to the outcome of therapy. Some people may experience no improvement or even think things are getting worse, depending on their openness to the therapeutic process.
Create and nurture the best version of you. • Envision and design your Quality World. • Process stressors/traumas and how they impact your life. • Equip yourself with mental and emotional tools to cope and live life on life’s terms. • Create simple, realistic, and attainable goals to effect change in your day-to-day life. • Love yourself, find your inspiration, and know your self-worth. • Develop your ability to change your perspective on displeasing or undesired changes in your life— present and future. • Implement efficient time-management, stress-management, and money management techniques in your life. • Improve the quality of interpersonal relationships. • Decrease levels of anxiety and depression. • Discover and express your sense of self and individuality. • Focus on self-care. • Explore healthy hobbies/activities/outlets. • Attain a state of balance, peace, and happiness in your life—the true essence of wellness.
It is the client’s responsibility to take an active role in his/her own therapeutic process. Client’s participation in therapy includes, but is not limited to: • Keeping an open-mind and willing attitude. • Attending scheduled therapeutic sessions. • Focusing and engaging in each counseling session. • Showing respect for counseling staff. • Remembering that the therapist can only work with the information that is provided by the client. Effective therapy is only made possible when the client is forthcoming about his/her own story, no matter how painful or uncomfortable those details may be. • Working collaboratively with therapist to implement and execute personalized L.I.V.E. Therapy treatment plan. • Implementing therapist’s suggestions outside of the counseling setting, as it is truly the client who determines the outcome of therapy.
Information discussed in our counseling sessions will remain confidential, with the exception of the below listed circumstances, or any circumstances that are mandated by the laws/ethical guidelines of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and the American Counseling Association. I may break confidentiality in the following circumstances: • If you make a written request for the release of information. • If there is risk of serious or foreseeable harm to any person (yourself or another person). • If you disclose life threatening, communicable disease, I may be obligated to alert an at-risk third party. • If I have reason to suspect that a minor-aged, developmentally disabled, or an elderly person is in danger of being abused or neglected, I am legally obligated to report this. • If I am ordered to release confidential information by a court of law. • If I need to share information with another professional for consultation, with a health care provider treating you in an emergency, or with other mental health professionals to coordinate your care. These professionals are also obligated to maintain confidentiality.
R.R. Joseph will not enter into any personal (dual) relationships with clients outside of the professional services offered by Essence of Wellness Therapy, LLC or any of its subsidiary companies. This boundary continues even after counseling is terminated. This is an ethical obligation that benefits the client, by allowing R.R. Joseph to serve as a therapist rather than a friend. Therapist will neither initiate contact with clients in public places, nor communicate online through social media sites. This is in efforts to protect the aforementioned boundary and client confidentiality. Occasionally, therapist may self-disclose personal experiences in counseling sessions when it is beneficial to the client. However, the focus of therapy is always the client’s experiences.
All therapeutic services are provided online via telehealth sessions. In efforts to respect both the therapist’s time and the client’s therapeutic time, payment for session is completed at the time of booking at www.eowtherapy.com/schedule. As this payment secures the client’s appointment slot, there will not be a refund of payment in the event of cancellation/tardiness for a scheduled appointment. If you have been receiving custom invoices based on one of the “therapist inquiry/approval” categories, please complete payment upon receipt of the e-invoice to secure your appointment slot. If payment is not completed within 24 hours of e-invoice being sent, your appointment may be deleted.
As clients are participating in Telehealth virtual therapy online, it is the responsibility of the client to ensure that the area which they are occupying during sessions is quiet and electronically secure. Sessions will be conducted through a HIPAA compliant platform. Client will be able to join each virtual session at the scheduled appointment time with the following link: https://sessions.psychologytoday.com/roshi
Telephone conversations between R.R. Joseph and the client, for any reason, in excess of 10 minutes per day may be billed proportional to the client’s fee schedule. It is important to remember that e-mail communication is not confidential, as it has the potential to be saved on servers and in computer hard-drives. Please refrain from utilizing e-mail unless it is for the purpose of coordinating an appointment. If a client does not want to have e-mail communication, it is up to the client to inform the therapist of this request.
There are no guarantees that counseling will help you to achieve your goals. Therefore, R.R. Joseph cannot provide any guarantees. If you have any problems with your therapeutic services or ethics, please speak with the therapist about it. R.R. Joseph strives to provide the best therapeutic services that she can, and she wants to make appropriate changes if you are not satisfied. You may also contact or file a complaint with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling at http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/help-center/how-can-ifile-a-complaint-against-a-licensee.
As the client, it is your right to ask questions about these disclosures and the therapeutic process at any time. It is also your right to discontinue services at any time.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately. As a private practitioner, R.R. Joseph is not on-call or available 24-hours per day. She will return messages within 24 hours or the next business day. If you need a higher level of care than what R.R. Joseph can offer as a private practitioner, a referral can be made to a more appropriate provider.