This site is to inform you about my background and to ensure that you understand our professional relationship.
I hold a M.Ed. degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte taken in
1978. I have been a professional counselor since 1971.
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a North Carolina Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) (1975 - 6/30/96)
and a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). For a long while, I worked almost exclusively with substance abusing
clientele. I earned National Counselor certification in 1983, North Carolina Registered Practicing Counselor credentialing
in early 1985 and earned licensure as a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor in 1994.
I regard the information you share with me with the greatest
respect, so I want us to be as clear as possible about how I will handle it. Generally, I will tell no one what you tell me.
The privacy and confidentiality of our conversations and my records, is a privilege of yours and is protected by state and
federal law and my profession's ethical principles in all but a few circumstances. There are two circumstances in which I
cannot guarantee confidentiality legally and/or ethically: (1) When I believe you intend to harm yourself or another person,
and (2) when I believe a child or elderly person has been or will be abused or neglected. In rare circumstances, Professional
Counselors can be ordered by a Judge to release information. Otherwise, I will not tell anyone anything about your treatment,
diagnosis, history, or even that you are a client, without your full knowledge and usually a signed Release of Information
Federal law and regulations protect the confidentiality of your record
maintained by me. Violations of the Federal law and regulations by this service are a crime. Suspected violations may be reported
to the United States Attorney in the district where the violation occurs. Federal law and regulations do not protect any information
about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State and local authorities. (See
42 U.S.C. 290dd-3 and 42 U.S.C. 290ee-3 for federal laws and 42 CFR Part 2 for Federal regulations.)