Patricia A. Ruddy, M.Ed., MFT
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5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 103 Westlake Village, CA 91362 |


What Happens in Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process in which Therapist and Client discuss a myriad of issues, events, experiences, and memories for the purpose of creating positive change so Client can experience his/her life more fully. It provides an opportunity to better, and more deeply understand oneself, as well as any problems or difficulties Client may be experiencing.

Psychotherapy is a joint effort between Client and Therapist. Progress and success may vary depending upon the particular problems or issues being addressed, as well as many other factors.
Is Psychotherapy Confidential?

The information disclosed by the Client is generally confidential and will not be released to any third party without written authorization from Client, except where required or permitted by law. Exceptions to confidentiality include, but are not limited to, reporting child, elder and dependent adult abuse, when a Client is dangerous to him/herself or the person or property of another.
Will Psychotherapy Work for Me?

Participating in therapy may result in a number of benefits to Client, including, but not limited to, reduced stress and anxiety, a decrease in negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors, improved interpersonal relationships, increased comfort in social, family, and work settings, increased capacity for intimacy, and increased self-confidence. Such benefits may also require substantial effort on the part of Client, including an active participation in the therapeutic process, honesty, and a willingness to change feelings, thoughts and behaviors. There is no guarantee that therapy will yield any or all of the benefits listed above.

Participating in therapy may also involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings and experiences. The process may evoke strong feelings of sadness, anger, fear, etc. There may be times in which Therapist will challenge Client's perceptions and assumptions, and offer different perspectives. The issues presented by Client may result in unintended outcomes, including changes in personal relationships. Clients should be aware that any decision on the status of his/her personal relationships is the responsibility of Client.
Trails on the Grand Canyon

Therapist is a contracted provider with many insurance companies and has agreed to a specified fee. If Client intends to use his/her health insurance policy, Client agrees to inform Therapist in advance.

Client is responsible for any and all fees not reimbursed by his or her insurance company, managed care organization, or any other third-party payor. Client is responsible for verifying and understanding the limits of his/her coverage, as well as his/her co-payments and deductibles. Therapist will complete and submit necessary claims to seek reimbursement of fees.

The usual and customary fee for service is $225.00 per 50-minute session. Sessions longer than 50-minutes are charged for the additional time pro rata. Therapist reserves the right to periodically adjust this fee. Client will be notified of any fee adjustment in advance. In addition, this fee may be adjusted by contract with insurance companies, managed care organizations, or third-party payers, or by agreement with Therapist.

Client is responsible for payment of the agreed upon fee of $100.00 for any missed session(s). Client is also responsible for payment of the agreed upon fee for any session(s) for which Client failed to give Therapist 24 hours notice of cancellation. Cancellation notice should be left on Therapist voice mail at (805) 405-2850.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” - Albert Einstein