The Practice of Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC
Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski
DABPS, DNBAE, DAPA FACAPP, FAAIM, CDVC, DAC, CHT, CST, DABS
Licensed Psychologist, FL Lic: PY5409
Ofc Address: 1876 N. University Drive, Suite 200F Ofc: (954) 779-2855
Plantation, FL 33324 Fax: (954) 572-0298
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 450158, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33345-0158
Policies and Information
Welcome to the psychology practice of Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski. It is my goal to offer an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust that is conducive to providing the highest quality mental health care possible. This letter of introduction is intended to offer a brief explanation of the scope of our therapeutic relationship. Some of these rights and obligations are imposed by Florida law; others are established herein by contractual agreement. Any concerns regarding the matters stated herein should be discussed prior to commencing therapy.
All communications between us, via hard copy (paper documents), email, or text, phone, during the course of the psychotherapeutic relationship shall be treated as strictly confidential unless there is a need to report to the authorities according to Florida law. Also, as the patient, you control whether or not I may disclose confidential information to family or significant others. You also have the power to waive confidentiality. There are exceptions to confidentiality mandated or implied by Florida law that are further delineated and explained in the PATIENTS INFORMED CONSENT form.
At some point, it may be deemed appropriate to make a referral to another mental health practitioner, physician, or allied healthcare professional for specific services. Referrals will be made to competent and experienced professionals in their fields of expertise. However, I cannot take personal responsibility for their competence or outcome of the referral.
When contacting this office, your call will be answered directly unless I am in session or away from my desk. If unavailable, I will do my best to return your call within 24 hours. If you find yourself in crisis or need immediate attention and I am unable to answer the phone, PLEASE HANG UP AND DIAL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
Email and Text Messages
Email and text communication is limited to scheduling appointments or cancellations within the guidelines of the FINANCIAL AGREEMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY form unless otherwise specified by the therapist.
Fees and Payment
Fees for services are determined ahead of time based on therapeutic necessity. The FINANCIAL AGREEMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY form outline the specifics. Payment is expected BEFORE each therapy visit begins. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are accepted, and payments to PayPal can be made in advance as well. If special circumstances exist that render it difficult for you to make payment as expected, please discuss prior to scheduled appointment.
My practice does not belong to any insurance panels and therefore I do not accept any direct payments from insurance companies. Also, I do not bill insurance companies for your visits. If requested, receipts will be issued so you can submit invoices for reimbursement to your insurance company. Reimbursement of any money from the insurance company is the sole responsibility of the patient.
Scheduling and cancellation policy
It is important for you to arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, your session will still end at the scheduled time, and you will be billed for the entire session. A 24-hour notice of cancellation is required. Charges for FULL FEE of scheduled appointments will be billed to you. No exceptions.
I have read the letter of welcome and overview of the policies and procedures for the practice of Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC. I also understand that separate contractual agreements will be provided according to the above-referenced forms.
Signature___________________________________________ Date _________________
If you have any questions about this introduction letter, feel free to ask. I look forward to assisting you in finding answers to the struggles that caused you to seek psychological help.
Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski
(Courage to Change)