Institute for Practical Life Terms and Conditions of Service

What to expect from counseling

 

Counseling is an individually tailored process which is designed to assist you in dealing with your concerns, coming to a greater understanding of yourself, and using effective means of coping which utilize personal and interpersonal resources. 
The counseling relationship usually involves sharing personal information with your counselor which may at times be sensitive, very private, or even distressing. Therefore, it is not uncommon during the course of counseling to feel somewhat more anxious or upset for a time. If you should feel this way, it is important to share this information with your therapist. While the outcome of counseling is most often positive, the degree to which any particular individual will reach their goals or achieve their desired level of satisfaction depends on the patient's particular situation. 
At your Intake appointment (the first time you meet with your therapist), you and your therapist will review the concerns you came in to discuss and will consider these in light of your personal history and life experiences.
You and your therapist will clarify, in the first or second session, the goals of your counseling, and the options available to you, and create a plan for achieving your goals. If you have any questions, please ask. It is important that you feel comfortable about what you do with us here. Although we will make treatment recommendations, and we will try to be as clear as possible in explaining our recommendations, we want to emphasize that, unless it is an emergency, the decision about whether or not to proceed is yours. Please feel welcome to give us feedback on your experience here. We want it to be as helpful and positive as possible. 

Content for informational purposes only

 

The information provided in/on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your physician, psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, or other health or mental healthcare professional. This website is not intended to replace or adjust any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information in/on this website for the diagnosis or treatment of any health or mental health problem including, but not limited to, any substance abuse or dependency problem, or for prescription of any medication or any other type(s) of treatment.

Not a substitute for consultation with a licensed professional

You should consult with a licensed healthcare professional before deciding on any diagnosis or initiating any treatment plan of any kind. Please do not start any program of therapy, medication, diet, exercise, or supplementation program or take any type of nutrient, or herb, without clear consultation with your licensed healthcare provider. If you have or suspect you might have a health or mental health problem including, but not limited to, any substance abuse or dependency problem, please do not use this website to replace a prompt consultation with your healthcare provider(s).

Confidentiality policy

Your privacy is important to us, and we believe that counseling is most effective when patients feel comfortable speaking openly with their therapist. We hope this information will clarify our privacy policies. 
In the usual course of events, you have the right to keep your counseling here completely private. This means that, without your written permission, no information about your contact with Jusleine Expressions, LLC is available to anyone outside of the clinic.
Please ask us if you have any questions about this, as we want to be sure you are comfortable with our practices. 
There are certain exceptions to confidentiality, noted below, with which you should be aware before you enter into a counseling relationship. Please read carefully through these exceptions, and be sure to ask your therapist if you have any questions.

Any professional colleague who wants to communicate about any patient is solely responsible for obtaining proper authorization from that patient for disclosure in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) and its accompanying privacy requirements.

Exceptions to confidentiality

 

• If you pose a threat of harm to yourself.
• If you pose a threat to another person.
• We will take whatever steps are required by law, or permitted by law, to help prevent the potential harm from happening. This may include contacting your family and/or referring to our local Crisis Center.
• If you report information indicating that a child, disabled, or elderly person is suffering abuse or neglect.

• A court order, issued by a judge, could require us to release information contained in your records or could require a therapist to testify.

Services, commercial products and charges

To help our patients cover the cost of mental health services, we are in network with most commercial insurances:
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Cigna, Molina Healthcare Inc; United HealthCare, Optum, and many others. In addition we accept Medicare, and Horizon NJ Health (Medicaid). If you are covered by more than one health benefit plan, and you wish to use it, you should provide us with appropriate information. 

 

Each commercial product has a dedicated mental health provider that we contract with to provide you with efficient, affordable mental healthcare. Note that we use Paypal, Stripe, and Square as the main credit card processing companies.


• Mental Health Evaluation: USD 120.00 (45-60 minutes).
• Mental Health Individual and Family Therapy: USD 76.00 to USD 120.00 (A sliding scale is available. The patient is responsible to bring proof of income to determine eligibility) (30-60 minutes).
• Art Therapy, Dance Therapy, and Couples Therapy: USD 120.00 (60 minutes).
• Group Therapy: USD 55.00 and up (50 minutes).
• On-Demand Programs and Workshops: USD 55.00 and up.
• Clearance Letters and Court Letters: USD 65.00 and up.
• Service Dog Registration Certificate: USD 65.00 (certificate + ID Card): USD 95.00
• Community Plan: USD 55.00 (30-45 minutes).
• Life Skills Coaching: USD 55.00 (30-45 minutes).
• Recovery Program: Provides up to five individual therapy sessions per week, 45 minutes each session USD 395.00 per week, and daily access, up to three times daily, to your therapist, via text messages for additional support (ask for details). 
We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. 

• Counseling Sessions: Clients must pay for services at the beginning of each session. If a client is insured for mental health services and has a copay, the copay is due at the beginning of each session. A sliding scale based on the ability to pay for services is also offered for those clients falling into the low to moderate-income levels and for those clients that prefer not to use their mental health insurance. If the client chooses not to provide income verification, the client will be billed at USD 120.00 per session.
• Cancellation and Missed Appointments: Clients must cancel sessions 24 hours in advance, or they will be charged a flat fee of USD 55.00 for the missed session. Clients who cancel and /or miss three consecutive sessions, upon written notification, will be placed on the waiting list and will be given an outside referral.
• Court Evaluations/Documentation: The fee for document preparation is USD 280.00. The evaluation fee must be paid before the release of the Court Evaluation Report. The fee for a simple one-page counseling letter is USD 30.00
• Transferred or released records to outside agencies or persons: A written, dated, and signed consent form must be obtained from the client or legal guardian prior to the release of the client's file. A service fee of USD 30.00 will be charged for records release, not to exceed ten pages.
• Returned checks: Clients are responsible for any bank fees incurred due to returned checks. A bank service fee of USD 55.00 per check will be charged to the client.
• Account servicing fee: All overdue invoices will be charged a 15 percent late fee, applicable to all past due accounts. 
• Our payment terms are "net (10) ten days". Prices are subject to change without notice.

Indemnity

You shall defend, hold harmless and indemnify Jusleine Expression, LLC and its affiliates, or their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, service providers, suppliers or licensors against any and all claims, liability, damages or judgments, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees, that arise out of your use of our web site and/or the content, connection to the Services, breach of the terms of the Agreement, violation of any rights of another or violation of any applicable state or federal law.
Arbitration. Any and all disputes arising from or relating to this Agreement shall be solely and finally settled by arbitration. The Federal Arbitration Act will govern the arbitration. the party requesting arbitration must pay the filing fee of $125.The arbitration will be conducted at a neutral location convenient to both parties by a single arbitrator to be selected by Jusleine Expressions, LLC. The arbitrator’s authority shall be limited to resolving individual disputes between you and Jusleine Expressions, LLC, and the arbitrator shall not determine, as an initial matter, whether class, mass or consolidated relief is permitted in arbitration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, without first seeking or obtaining any decision in arbitration (even if a similar or related matter has already been referred to arbitration in accordance with the terms of this paragraph), (i) Jusleine Expressions, LLC, its affiliates and licensors may bring any claim or suit for the purpose of evidencing, enforcing, registering or defending their intellectual property rights in any court or forum of competent jurisdiction; and (ii) Jusleine Expressions, LLC, its affiliates and licensors shall be entitled to seek injunctive and other equitable relief in any court or forum of competent jurisdiction to enforce this Agreement. the arbitrator cannot award punitive damages.

Amendments

Jusleine Expressions, LLC reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time by posting a revised version of this Agreement at www.practicallifepsychotherapy.org/, or otherwise making it available for your review within the Site. Any modifications to this Agreement, including, but not limited to, any modifications to the warranty disclaimers or limitations of liability contained in this Agreement, will supersede the prior agreement provisions for all activity occurring after the revised version has been made available in the manner described above. Your continued use of our services after the revised version is made available constitutes your Agreement to the revision. If you do not agree with the modifications to this Agreement, you may cancel your account at any time by sending us a certified letter stating so at : Institute for Practical Life P.O. Box 23, Edison, NJ 08904.

Disclaimer

While Jusleine Expressions, LLC uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information, Jusleine Expressions, LLC makes no warranties or representations as to the accuracy of the information available through or on the website and/or the services and assumes no liability or responsibility for any error or omission in the information available through or on the www.practicallifepsychotherapy.org websites and/or the services.

Miscellaneous

This Agreement, the Terms and Conditions (available at https://www.practicallifepsychotherapy.org/practice-policy) and any operating rules for the Site established by Jusleine Expressions, LLC’s Privacy Policy constitute the entire Agreement between you and Jusleine Expressions, LLC, provided that: (a) in the event Content you may access via the Site has terms and conditions that apply specifically to such Content the clause above shall not be interpreted to render such terms and conditions inapplicable; and (b) if there is any irreconcilable conflict between or among this Agreement, the Terms and Conditions, third-party agreements, or the terms and conditions that apply to specific Content, this Agreement shall govern with respect to any matter affecting Jusleine Expressions, LLC. This Agreement is solely for the benefit of the parties hereto, and Jusleine Expressions, LLC ’s affiliates and licensors, and shall not be for the benefit of others. This Agreement may not be amended or modified other than in the manner described above. If any provision in this Agreement is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining terms of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. This Agreement shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such State. Any action you, any third party or Jusleine Expressions, LLC bring to enforce this Agreement or, in connection with, any matters related to this site shall be brought only in either the state or Federal Courts located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, and you expressly consent to the jurisdiction of said courts. You may not assign your rights under this Agreement, and any attempted assignment will be void. This Agreement and the rights and obligations under this Agreement may be transferred or assigned by Jusleine Expressions, LLC, in whole or in part, and terms and provisions of this Agreement shall insure to the benefit of such transferee or assignee. Jusleine Expressions, LLC shall not be deemed to have waived any of its rights under this Agreement absent an express written waiver signed by an authorized representative of Jusleine Expressions, LLC. Jusleine Expressions, LLC assumes no responsibility or obligation to enforce this Agreement, which enforcement it may undertake, in whole or in part, at its sole discretion. 
Your consent to this Agreement shall be sufficiently demonstrated by your consenting to receive services from us.  
 

Client’s rights and responsibilities

We strive to provide you with the kind of support and help to encourage mental health and well-being.
When you receive services from Institute for Practical Life, you have the right to:

• The right to be told what to expect from therapy, counseling, or coaching.
• The right to not be subjected to non-standard treatment or procedures, experimental procedures or research, or provider demonstration programs, without written informed consent.
• The right to privacy and dignity.
• The right to the least restrictive conditions necessary to achieve the goals of treatment/services.
• Request a change of clinician, coach, or therapist if there is another staff person available who can address your issues and your request is reasonable. We only consider non-discriminatory requests.
• To receive services even if you choose not to use your insurance to cover those services.
• In the event of extreme financial hardship, such as if you were to lose your source of income or insurance to be considered for the Community Plan(1), designed to provide mental health support to persons whose income and resources are insufficient to meet the costs of necessary care and services.
• If we can not accommodate your request for services, we will provide you with a referral to a provider who might be able to assist you.

Patient’s Responsibilities

 

This is what we ask from you:

• To cooperate with us to the best of your ability.
• To attend scheduled appointments with the assigned provider as agreed, in order for him or her, to guide you toward your outlined goals and recovery.
• To treat our staff and your provider with respect, dignity, and courtesy.
• To comply with the terms and conditions regarding the financial agreement entered into, during the intake process.
• To comply with requirements imposed by the Community Plan to determine eligibility for and the extent of mental health support that you might be eligible for.
• To provide us with proof to determine if you are categorically needy, or needy due to loss of income or another severe circumstance.
• The patient is responsible to advise us of the end of his or her hardship.
• The patient is responsible for any omissions that could mislead us to grant them the Community Plan benefit, in addition, the patient is responsible for providing us with the necessary information, on a quarterly basis to determine eligibility. If we determine that the patient secured a benefit by means of deception, the patient will be billed retroactively and held liable for full payments.  

The Community Plan is a cooperative venture between the Institute for Practical Life and Church of the Awakening Trinity, INC designed to afford mental health assistance to persons whose income and resources are insufficient to meet the financial demands of necessary care and services. It would be unethical for us to terminate services to them, or deny services to them, due to their inability to pay.  We believe that as a society we do better when we support and attend to each other during our vulnerable phases in their lives. Such as after having lost a job, having been diagnosed with a severe physical condition(s), or having lost insurance coverage.

Grievance Procedure: A verbal appeal will not be accepted. All appeals must be sent in writing, via certified mail to:
 

Institute for Practical Life 
P.O.  Box 23
Edison, New Jersey 08818

 

You may appeal to the Institute for Practical life decisions and actions. You might also appeal to staff decisions and actions.


Initially, you should discuss your concerns with the office assistant. If she can not guide you or you cannot reach a satisfactory solution, you should take the issue to the Operations Manager.  If that step does not resolve the problem, you may go to the Executive Directors.
If the complaint has still not been resolved to your satisfaction, you might request a review by our affiliate Church of the Awakening Trinity, INC. Their decision will be final. 


A certified letter must be mailed to:

 

Church of the Awakening Trinity, INC. 
328 Denison Street
Highland Park, New Jersey 08904

This website is not intended to provide medical advice or the practice of medicine and is not a substitute for appropriate treatment from a doctor and/or therapist.