Join us for our March Conference!

One Day Conference * 2015*




“A dynamic, inspiring and relational approach to professional and personal ethics & empowerment

MARCH 20, 2015


7:45 – 8:15 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15am to 3:30pm

Presentation and Lunch

$79 for RIMHCA members

$109 for non-members
Registration is now closed! We look forward to seeing you at future RIMHCA events.

If you have questions regarding your membership status, please contact Ashley at

A copy of one of Cedar’s books,  Right Use of Power: Ethics with Heart, included in tuition

  6 CEUs!


exercise power ethically. The Right Use of Power is an engaging approach to ethics that recognizes the complex dynamics that come with the positions of influence and authority in the therapeutic relationship.

• Find out how to stay connected and repair conflict.

• Learn about power styles and power dynamics.

• Become clearer and more pro-active with feedback, boundaries, dual role relationships.

• Use the power spiral for ethical decision-making.

• Explore the complexities of the power differential.

• Increase your skillfulness when your impact doesn’t match your intention.

 • Understand the ethical importance of self-care.

Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T. brings 30 years of experience as a Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapist, International Trainer and Ethics Consultant to the development of this approach to ethical compassion and wisdom.  She is the author of “Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics” and co-authored “Living in the Power Zone: How Right Use of Power Can Transform Your Relationships”.  She is the Ethics Topic Expert for  and is the Director and Founder of The Right Use of Power Institute in Boulder, CO

NBCC CE Hours available for those interested.  Please indicate this by sending email to  Hakomi Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPtm) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  (N.B.C.C. Provider #5476)

Cancellation policy:  full refund 30 days before conference date.  Partial refund 14 days prior.  No refund 13-0 days before conference.


We ask that you help support a fragrance-free environment by refraining from using strongly scented personal products prior to attending our RIMHCA event.  Thank you for your cooperation and care to those with this sensitivity.

Newsletter Article – March 2015

Out-Of-Network Insurance Options

You may be able to broaden your client base and help out your clients by working for them as an out-of-network provider.  Be aware that not all insurance plans offer out-of-network benefits to those they insure, and those that do offer that provision may have restrictions about what types of providers they will consider acceptable.   it is very important you speak directly with the insurance company to get the information you need to educate you and  your client about this benefit.

When a new client calls me and I don’t take their insurance, I offer to call their insurance company to find out their out-of-network coverage.  I get the client’s full name, date of birth, insurance ID number, and the insurance company’s contact number from the back of the benefit card.  With this, I have what I need to call the insurance company.

Sometimes I’m told outright that there is no out-of-network insurance.  Other times, I’m told the client has the same benefit for out-of-network as it is with in-network providers.  Most often however, I’m told that the client has an out-of-network deductible and then a co-insurance.

For example, you may be told that your potential client’s out-of-network benefit carries a $500 deductible and after that is me, there is a 25% co insurance for each session. Let’s say your fee is $100/session.  There may be variations depending on insurance company rules, but here is an example of how it might work:

1.     You collect $100 for the first five sessions (to satisfy the $500 deductible), and you send a bill to the insurance company for each of those sessions
2.     Starting with session 6 (since the deductible has been met), you would start collecting $25 co insurance per session; you send the bills to the insurance company and expect a $75 payment from the insurance company for these sessions

Again, be aware that reimbursement rates may vary, and not all insurance companies will reimburse the out-of-network provider directly.  Rather, they will reimburse the client.  In that case, you may want to consider collecting from the client in full for every session and then just do the billing so the client can collect the out-of-network reimbursement.

Because there are so many variables, it is extremely important you get all of the information upfront directly from the insurance company before you see the client.  All of this might sound confusing, but once you have accurate information and you get into the swing of things, you’ll see it is not too difficult.  You will have to determine if your effort is worth the benefit of increasing your client pool and helping your clients take advantage of benefits for which they are paying.

Deb Legge, PhD CRC LMHC

Dr. Legge is known nationally as “The Private Practice Mentor”.  Deb helps mental health professionals make more money in private practice and she is licensed to teach Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid® marketing system for service professionals.  Her work has been featured by ACA, Counseling Today, AMHCA, ACA-NY, and in her website,   For more information about how to get more clients and referrals, download her free Rapid Referrals Report:

Newsletter Article – January 2015

Are You The Answer To The “BIG QUESTION”?

How do you answer the BIG QUESTION? The question each of us either out loud or in our minds, each time we must choose with whom we will do business.

“Given all of the options, including doing nothing at all, why would I want to do business with YOU?”

This question is a huge consideration for your prospective clients and your potential referrers.

WHY, should someone want to do business with you? Sometimes it is clear-cut. Perhaps you are a great clinician — you specialize in just what the client needs — that is WHY. Perhaps you are the only clinician within walking distance of your clients — that is WHY. At other times, it may not be so clear-cut.

Let’s say your client lives within 5 miles of 100 therapists, all who work with issues of depression. Now WHY should they choose you? What sets you apart? What makes you the best choice?

Perhaps your name is the one your client got from her primary physician. Perhaps yours is the name the potential client was given by a co-worker three years ago. Perhaps she’s seen your name in relation to community workshops you’ve been doing lately.

The big message here is that you have to set yourself apart from the pack. We get to do that in session by providing quality services and great value to our clients, and that’s great once you get them in the door.

Start thinking about how you will set yourself apart to those you’ve not yet met. What can you do to establish credibility and trust with your target market as a way to help them answer their “BIG QUESTION”? 

Is there some writing or speaking you can do to get known as an expert in your field?  Are there influential people in your market who will be happy to recommend you? 

Who do you want to meet this week? Who will be happy to pass along your name to someone in need of your services? What do you want to do this month to let folks know that you have the answer to their “BIG QUESTION”?

Deb Legge, PhD CRC LMHC

Dr. Legge is known nationally as “The Private Practice Mentor”.  Deb helps mental health professionals make more money in private practice and she is licensed to teach Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid® marketing system for service professionals.  Her work has been featured by ACA, Counseling Today, AMHCA, ACA-NY, and in her website,   For more information about how to get more clients and referrals, download her free Rapid Referrals Report:

Raising Safe Kids Workshop

March 23 & 24, 2015 A 2-Day National Training Program plus materials: Adults and Children Together - Raising Safe Kids Program (ACT RSK). This evidence-based caregiver workshop from the American Psychological Association strengthens young families to raise kids in safe and nurturing homes. Parenting sessions address child development, anger, conflict, challenging child behaviors, and technology. 12 CEs available for LMHC/MFT, LICSW, Psy/Phd. REGISTRATION:  More information on ACT RSK follow this link: or send questions to

This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Massachusetts Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Director of Operations, ACT at NE Regional Center
Lemberg Children’s Center
at Brandeis University
Waltham MA

Phone: 781-552-6500
Fax: 781-863-5391

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
40 Holland Dr., Somerville, MA
Licensed Independent Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
4 Militia Dr. Suite 15, Lexington MA

Small Group Supervision Seminar Opportunity


      These on-going supervision groups are for practicing therapists interested in enhancing therapeutic impact and deepening clinical skills. The focus is on developing the relational capacity to engage clients in deeply experiential, high impact work in the here-and-now.
      Group work includes case consultation, tracking affective states, heightening therapeutic presence, mindful self-disclosure, meta-processing, working with attachment patterns, boundary and role dilemmas, private practice development, and more.
      These groups meet for 2 hours and are limited to 8 members. Participants are immersed in a highly experiential, emotion-focused, attachment-based model grounded in field theory and contemporary relational Gestalt.
Particular attention is given to:
  •     Therapeutic presence & embodiment
  •     Tracking the phenomenology of affect in self and other
  •     Core schema activation in the here-and-now
  •     Supporting transformative processes within a holding environment
  •     Attending to cycles of attunement, disruption, and repair
  •     Therapist’s role in dyadic affect regulation
  •     Deepening sensitivity to our own and others’ attachment tendencies
  •     Developing an embodied sensitivity to the dynamics of affective fields
The overall purpose of the group is to provide a supportive community in which to:
  • Continually renew one’s commitment to – and excitement about – the work
  • Develop one’s private practice within a context of strong mutual support, and deep connection with like-minded colleagues
For more information, feel free to contact me:
Archie Roberts, LMHC
(401) 709 – 4295

Newport Workshop:
A new, small group seminar (described above) for counselors in private practice. Maximum of 8 participants.
Group will be led by Archie Roberts, LMHC (; who has been leading successful and dynamic workshops all over the world.

Bellevue Counseling
174 Bellevue Ave, Suite 304-C
Newport, RI 02840

Spring semester 2015:
Monday February 9, 3-5pm
Monday February 23, 3-5pm
Monday March 9, 3-5pm
Monday March 23, 3-5pm
Monday April 6, 3-5pm
Monday April 20, 3-5pm

Continuing Education Credits:
12 hours, approved by RIMHCA

$390 for all 6 sessions (50% due Jan 15 and full payment by March 1)
For questions and registration, please contact:
Emily Fowler, LMHC

December Board Meeting cancelled, see you in January!

Dear RIMHCA members, current and future LMHCs, and all those interested in mental health,

In consideration of the holidays and the many demands—both personal and professional—the RIMHCA Board Meeting scheduled for December 8th at 6:30 has been cancelled.  This gift of time is a small token of appreciation for the commitment and effort demonstrated by Board Members.

We will resume our regular meeting schedule on Monday, January 5th, at 6:30 PM at 1985 Broad St. in Cranston, RI. 

Our goals for 2015 include:
  • Launching the re-designed RIMHCA web site with a focus on function and benefit for members and users
  • Finalizing the plans for our Spring Conference---"The Right Use of Power: Ethics with Heart" by Cedar Barstow, on March 20, 2015 bringing new energy to the practice of counseling!
  • Increasing the membership of RIMHCA by reaching out to LMHCs
  • Soliciting and responding to the needs and ideas of members to help further their satisfaction with RIMHCA and their profession

In the meantime, we wish you an exciting, calm, productive, relaxing, joy-filled, anything-you-want-it-to-be Holiday Season and New Year.