Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice2018-01-12T17:21:50+00:00

The therapists of The Arizona Relationship Institute have limited availability. They are not on-call, nor do they have an emergency staff for after-hours treatment. Persons who may be in need of immediate care, or are frequently in crisis, will need more availability than the therapists at The Arizona Relationship Institute are able to provide.

Therapists at AZRI are not all independently licensed therapists. Some are graduate student therapists. You will be given notification of your therapist’s level of training and be required to sign an acknowledgment that you have been informed. If you are not satisfied with your therapist’s level of training you will be given a different AZRI therapist and also given referrals of therapists outside of AZRI.

Certain conditions and diagnosis are not within the scope of these therapists’ practice: (e.g., crisis management, severe mental illness). Given the nature and scope of their practice, The Arizona Relationship Institute reserves the right not to treat persons with certain diagnoses or treatment histories (such as those listed below). We will, however, assist you by referring to professionals that can better serve your treatment needs.

  • Any Severe Mental Illness: (including but not limited to Schizophrenia and Disassociative Identity Disorder)
  • Anti-Social, Paranoid, Schizotypal personality disorder, Impulse Control Disorders (Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Kleptomania, Pyromania, Trichotillomania)
  • Any persons who have ever committed sexual or physical assault (whether or not you were convicted)
  • Any person with an active substance abuse problem, gambling addiction, anorexia, or bulimia
  • Any person with current suicidal ideation or who has ever been hospitalized for suicidal ideation
  • Couples with a current or recent history (within the past 3 years) of domestic violence
  • Any person with a felony conviction or currently charged with a felony or DUI; involvement in illegal activity
  • Any person with a restraining order or order of protection against him/her

Failure to disclose these aforementioned circumstances and diagnoses, diagnosis during treatment of any of the aforementioned, and/or failure to comply with treatment may warrant termination of services. Dr. Gold and the therapist will consult and determine, based on a thorough assessment of the client’s treatment needs, whether it is in the client’s best interest to receive a referral to a higher level of care and/or more highly specialized treatment.

Policy Regarding Children

  • We do not treat children for sexual abuse.
  • We do not treat any children unless their parents are doing couples counseling and/or therapy with the same AZRI therapist or another therapist at AZRI if deemed to be in the best interest of the particular children/family.

If children’s parents are divorced we MUST have:

  1.  written consent from both parents
  2. copy of most up to date official divorce decree
  3. both custodial parents must agree to participate in family therapy
  4. custodial parents DO NOT have to participate in sessions with each other
  5. Parents must file petition with the court at their own expense for therapist to be designated as a Safe Haven Therapist.

Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse (it is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately)
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate we will take further measures that are provided by law in order to ensure their safety without their permission.


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