Sound Christian Counseling, Inc.
Thank you for considering Sound Christian Counseling, Inc. We look forward to working with
you. The State of Washington requires that we provide you with certain information in order
to allow you to make an informed decision about participating in counseling.
Washington State requires that “counselors practicing counseling for a fee must be licensed
with the Department of Health for the protection of the public health and safety. Licensing of
the individual with the department does not include a recognition of any practice standards,
nor necessarily imply the effectiveness of any treatment:” (WAC 246-810-031) The purpose
of the law is to protect you by letting you know that I am licensed and to make you aware of
the complaint process. At our first appointment you will receive a copy of the Washington
State brochure, which includes information on the requirements for licensing, confidentiality,
assurance of professional conduct and contact information for making complaints to the
Department of Health.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). I earned a B.A. in Psychology
from the University of Washington and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas
at Austin. I am a born again Christian and I have over 15 years of experience in the field of
social work with eight of those years spent doing individual and family counseling and prayer
ministry with adults, children and adolescents. I have specialized experience working with
married couples, young adults, and adolescents suffering from depression, anxiety,
Attention Deficit Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
I use an eclectic approach borrowing from cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy and
prayer ministry counseling. Incorporated into the counseling process, is my underlying belief
in the virgin birth, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This belief allows me to
draw upon and impart faith and hope to those I counsel. My background is non-
denominational, however, I do not promote or discourage a particular denomination. I
incorporate prayer and scripture reading into my sessions when appropriate and encourage
clients to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I further encourage them to
develop that relationship through regular Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with
Fees and Payment:
My fee is $155.00 for the initial 60-minute intake appointment, $120, for each subsequent 60-
minute session, $120 for Couples or Family 50-minute sessions, $95 for each 45-minute
session, and $75.00 for each 30-minute session. Payment is due at the beginning of each
session. Phone calls over 10 minutes in addition to reports, and evaluations are charged for
separately. We accept payment of co-pays, co-insurance and counseling sessions in the
form of check, cash or credit card. Payments made with credit cards will be charged an
additional fee of $.50 cents. We accept all major credit cards with the exception of
Cancellation of Appointments:
A twenty-four (24) hour notice of cancellation is required or you will be charged
$110.00. You may leave a voice mail message after regular business hours within the 24
hour period. It is not our intent to be punitive in any way, which is why we do not charge if a
client is ill or if inclement weather prevents you from making it to your appointment. We
respect and value our clients and hope that you can appreciate that our time is valuable as
To choose a counselor that meets your needs.
To know the method and course of treatment.
To receive accurate information about the services.
To know the cost of services and billing practices.
To be informed of confidentiality practices.
To know the complaint process.
To terminate services that are not satisfactory.
1) I will not release information without your written consent. At the age of 13 an adolescent
must sign a consent form to permit the sharing of information with parents and outside
The exceptions to this confidentiality rule are:
2) If you are at risk of harming yourself ;
3) If you are at risk of harming another person;
4) If there is evidence of abuse/neglect of a child, disabled, or elderly person.;
5) If you are involved in litigation and we are ordered by a court to release your records.
In a situation where more than one person is present in the sessions for example, during
couples or family therapy, confidentiality becomes limited to the following:
6) I return all phone calls with “this is Veronica Rasmussen, however if your home or office
- Any one of the individuals present may seek copies of the records of these couples
or group sessions or may release all of the records of these sessions to an outside
party. When individuals in a group or couples therapy are seen one-on -one apart
from the couple or group therapy, these sessions are commonly considered separate
treatment sessions unless prior agreement has been made to share the content of the
individual treatment session with the other partner or group.
has caller ID and you wish to keep my calls confidential please inform me of this when you
call or at our first meeting and provide an alternate number for me to reach you at.
7) It is common practice for a therapist to periodically consult with colleagues about their
work with clients in both formal and informal situations to obtain suggestions about treatment
and feedback. If your case is the subject of one of these consultations your last name and
any unique identifying information will be omitted.
Contacting me outside of appointment times:
If you wish to speak with me between appointments, you can reach me by leaving a message
on my business line at (206) 762-3007. I will check voice mail at least twice a day during
normal business hours and will return your call as soon as I can. If you have a clinical
emergency outside of regular business hours, I encourage you to call the Crisis Clinic at
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