KELLY PATTON, LMHC

Live Your Life On Purpose!

Your Next Step

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY
FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Your first appointment is our opportunity to begin interviewing each other.  I really believe that it is essential for you to feel you’ve connected with the right therapist.  I want you to leave the office with great hope about your future! When you come in, we are going to address the reasons you are seeking support and what you would like to accomplish during the course of our time together.  Then we will discuss a tentative thumb-nail sketch of how we might work together to reach your desired goal.  Provided you feel good about the time you just spent with me, we will schedule another appointment! Prior to coming in I’m asking that you download the following forms and bring them in with you, this allows us to spend as much time getting to know each other as possible.

Client Information Record
HIPPA Acknowledgement

CLIENTS SERVED

My practice serves both individuals as well as those coming in with relationship issues.  As has been noted, I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and truly love working with relationship issues, and I feel very blessed to assist same sex relationships as well as heterosexual couples.  I also do a considerable amount of work with family issues including parent-child and sibling dynamics.  I incorporate EMDR interventions when there is a need to eliminate or greatly alleviate intense reactive patterns, which is often part of the dynamic going on when people seek counseling or coaching.  I also use it to assist in healing when there has been either a specific trauma or life disturbing experiences that are interfering with someone’s ability to function optimally in the relationship or their everyday life.  Please read more about this intervention as well as Imago therapy on the pages devoted to these approaches.

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?

There are a host of glitches in the managed care system.  That being said, I am more than happy to provide you with service summaries with regard to your sessions.  In the event you choose to pursue filing the claims and seek reimbursement from your insurance company, those summaries will contain all of the proper codes needed to process it.  It is your responsibility to check with your insurance company to determine whether the services you are seeking are covered, what the limits are to that coverage, and whether they will accept my credentials.  With all of the access other agencies and institutions have to insurance files, I am not an advocate of utilizing managed care systems for mental health purposes if it is not necessary.  All managed care companies require a diagnosis, and unfortunately a psychiatric diagnosis, even something as benign as an adjustment disorder of some sort, can impede your ability to obtain life insurance or even medical insurance if you are self-employed.  If it’s in your file, others have access to it.

PRACTICE HOURS

Afternoon, Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

CANCELLATION/NO SHOW POLICY

Please keep in mind that when you reserve time for your appointment, I am also reserving that time for you.  When you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment please call at least 24 hours in advance; that allows me to try and get a client who might be waiting for an appointment to fill that slot.  Late cancellations and No Shows will be billed at the full rate for the time scheduled.

METHODS OF PAYMENT

You can pay for services with cash or check.  If you have other questions, please give me a call at 727-254-4132.


KELLY PATTON, LMHC

CERTIFIED IMAGO THERAPIST
ADVANCED CLINCIAN

CERTIFIED DARING WAY™
FACILITATOR

727.254.4132

7901 4th Street North, Suite 317
St. Petersburg, FL 33702