Bill of Rights
You have the right to grow and change even if it makes others uncomfortable.
You have the right…
To be treated with respect at all times and to ask your therapist questions about things that are important for you to know.
To work with a therapist who acknowledges personal values and who will not impose them on you.
To ask about your therapist’s training and licensing, theoretical orientation, use of techniques, and professional experience.
To know your therapist’s attitude regarding medication and to discuss the pros and cons of whether to take it. Only a medical doctor can prescribe medication.
To contract with a therapist for a certain number of sessions to work on a specific goal even though many concerns are more suited to an open-ended process or your therapist may be oriented toward longer term work.
To request that your therapist consult others in your behalf and to grant or deny permission if your therapist requests this.
To consult with anyone else even if your present therapist does not agree with your need to do this. You have the right to consider and accept or reject all feedback, remembering that it is vital to trust your own feelings and use your own judgment.
To stop therapy when you choose to, whether or not your therapist agrees.
To discuss your readiness to stop therapy with your therapist; however, the decision is always yours.
To have a safe treatment setting, free from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
To report immoral and illegal behavior by a therapist.
To have written information, before entering therapy, about fees, method of payment, insurance coverage, number of sessions the therapist thinks will be needed, substitute therapists (in cases of vacation and emergencies), and cancellation policies.
To refuse audio or video recording of sessions (but you may ask for it if you wish).
To refuse to answer any question or give any information you choose not to answer or give.
To know if your therapist will discuss your case with others (for instance, supervisors, consultants, or students).
To ask that the therapist inform you of your progress.