Christopher Checke, MS/MBA, LMHC, CAP

Psychotherapy -
Coaching - Training - Consulting - Clinical Supervision

(954) 240-6323
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Client Rights

Your rights are extremely important to me and they are critical in the counseling process. I'm an advocate of client rights and client-centered care. 

In all behavioral health services, you have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, consideration, and compassion at all times.  Therefore, I uphold the AMHCA Code of Ethics (2010) Client’s Rights, which states:

“Clients have the right:

  • to expect quality service provided by concerned, trained, professional and competent staff.
  • to expect complete confidentiality within the limits of the law, and to be informed about the legal exceptions to confidentiality; and to expect that no information will be released without the client's knowledge and written consent.
  • to a clear working contract in which business items, such as time of sessions, payment plans/fees, absences, access, emergency procedures, third-party reimbursement procedures, termination and referral procedures, and advanced notice of the use of collection agencies, are discussed.
  • to a clear statement of the purposes, goals, techniques, rules limitations, and all other pertinent information that may affect the ongoing mental health counseling relationship.
  • to appropriate information regarding the mental health counselor's education, training, skills, license and practice limitations and to request and receive referrals to other clinicians when appropriate.
  • to full, knowledgeable, and responsible participation in the ongoing treatment plan to the maximum extent feasible.
  •  to obtain information about their case record and to have this information explained clearly and directly.
  • to request information and/or consultation regarding the conduct and progress of their therapy to refuse any recommended services and to be advised of the consequences of this action.
  • to a safe environment for counseling free of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
  • to a client grievance procedure, including requests for consultation and/or mediation; and to file a complaint with the mental health counselor's supervisor (where relevant), and/or the appropriate credentialing body.
  • to a clearly defined ending process, and to discontinue therapy at any time.”