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Purpose/Confidentiality

Purpose

The mental health assessment is requested by bariatric physicians and insurance companies. The purpose is to insure the patient is psychologically ready to undertake bariatric surgery. Also, that the patient will adhere to post surgery guidelines and instructions during the many months of weight loss.

Confidentiality

Personal information shared in the mental health inventories and clinical interview are protected as confidential. There are exceptions to confidentiality, and things that a psychologists are required to report to authorities.

  1. Abuse
    • of a child (under 18)
    • of an elder (65+)
    • of a disabled person
  2. Imminent harm to oneself or another person
  3. Sexual exploitation by a former therapist
  4. Court orders for records, disposition, and testimony due to related legal issues

Exceptions to confidentiality are rare but one needs to know that they do exist.

Prompt Services

Within two to three days after submitting your personal data and inventories, you will be contacted by a phone call. The psychologist will take you through a 45 to 60 minute interview exploring questions, strengths and limitations related to a successful bariatric surgery experience.

Risk

The clinical interview questions may sometimes, with some people, elicit an emotional reaction. Examining past trauma, or revisiting uncomfortable situations can be helpful. The benefit of revisiting past emotions are much better than having them silent and unexplored.

Clinical Interview

Expect the clinical interview to be by telephone, via FaceTime. Ones identity may be verified via Face Time by showing a drivers license. All inventories and information on the website need to be completed only by the patient and not with the help of friends or family members. The only exception would be the use of a translator should the patient not be proficient in English.

Fees

Expect to be asked for $100 deposit in payment via credit card right before the clinical interview. If needed, we can hold the deposit of the credit card until the patient has the funds available.

Complaints

There may be times when a psychologist and a client disagree or have a conflict. This can usually be resolved by discussing the issue. If a client continues to feel mistreated or thinks the psychologist is acting unprofessionally, they have a right to file a complaint to the Texas Examiners Board Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP).

The address is: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-450, Austin, TX 78701.
You can also contact investigations at: (512) 305-7709.

If you are a client living in California and want to register a complaint against a California licensed Psychologist, contact Board of Psychology.

The address is: 1625 North Market Blvd, Suite n-215, Sacramento, Ca. 95834
Or call (916) 574-7720 or (866) 503-3221

Quejas

Hay momentos en que el psicólogo y el cliente pueden tener diferencia de opiniones o un conflicto. Normalmente, esto puede resolverse hablando del problema. Si el cliente sigue sintiéndose maltratado o cree que el psicólogo no esta comportan dose de forma profesional, tiene el derecho de rellenar una queja con el Texas State Board of Examiners of psychologists (Consejo de Inspectores de Psicólogos del estado de Texas).

La dirección es: 333 Guadalupe Suite 2-450, Austin, Texas 78301
O llame a investigaciones: (512) 305-7709

Complaints – California

If you are a client living in California and want to register a complaint against a California licensed Psychologist, contact Board of Psychology.

The address is: 1625 North Market Blvd, Suite n-215, Sacramento, Ca. 95834
Or call (916) 574-7720 or (866) 503-3221

To Contact Dr. Gordhamer

Ph: (806) 239-3848
Email: rgordhamer@gmail.com