Austin Psychologist: Claudia Byrne, Ph.D.

Austin Psychologist: Claudia Byrne, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist in Austin, Texas

Claudia Byrne, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in the Westlake area of Austin, Texas. She specializes in treating individuals coping with depression, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, chronic medical illness, and sexual abuse.

Services offered include:

Services Offered

Individual psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and resolving issues of physical trauma or sexual abuse.

Eye Movement Desensitization Retraining (EMDR) is an adjunctive therapy that has recently been acknowledged as an effective treatment for PTSD. For more information, contact the EMDR Institute.

I conduct presurgical evaluations for back surgery, laminectomies, fusions, Spinal Chord Stimulators, and Morphine Pump Implants.

About

I graduated with my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have completed traineeships at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in both St. Cloud and Minneapolis, Minnesota in Substance Abuse Treatment, inpatient psychiatry, and behavioral medicine. Other rotations in behavioral medicine were completed at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital within the intensive-care and burn units.

My predoctoral residency was conducted at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and my postdoctoral residency was at IMPOWR Chronic Pain Program in Austin, Texas.

My clinical experiences include serving clients in a Chronic Pain Management Clinic, Medical Practice, Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, University Counseling Center, Community Mental Health Agency, nursing home, and in Private Practice.

I have conducted workshops on treating sexual abuse for the Veterans Administration and on coping with Alzheimer’s Disease for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association and Capital Area Psychological Association. I am listed with the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology.

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Claudia Byrne, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist (TX License #3-1887)

4101 Parkstone Heights Drive, Suite 370 Austin, TX 78746

Office: (512) 709-8311



Notice of Privacy Practices
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2013: THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.


PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.

Your health record contains personal information about you and your health. This information about you that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services is referred to as Protected Health Information (“PHI”). This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how I may use and disclose your PHI in accordance with applicable law, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and the regulations promulgated under HIPAA including the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. It also describes your rights regarding how you may gain access to and control your PHI.

I am required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with notice of my legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI. I am required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. I reserve the right to change the terms of my Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. Any new Notice of Privacy Practices will be effective for all PHI that I maintain at that time. I will provide you with a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices by posting a copy on my website, sending a copy to you in the mail upon request or providing one to you at your next appointment.



HOW I MAY USE AND DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU

For Treatment.

Your PHI may be used and disclosed by those who are involved in your care for the purpose of providing, coordinating, or managing your health care treatment and related services. This includes consultation with clinical supervisors or other treatment team members. I may disclose PHI to any other consultant only with your authorization.

For Payment.

I may use and disclose PHI so that I can receive payment for the treatment services provided to you. This will only be done with your authorization. Examples of payment-related activities are: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, processing claims with your insurance company, reviewing services provided to you to determine medical necessity, or undertaking utilization review activities. I may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to support my business activities including, but not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, I may share your PHI with third parties that perform various business activities (e.g., billing or typing services) provided I have a written contract with the business that requires it to safeguard the privacy of your PHI. For training or teaching purposes PHI will be disclosed only with your authorization.

Required by Law.

Under the law, I must disclose your PHI to you upon your request. In addition, I must make disclosures to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining my compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Rule.

Without Authorization.

Following is a list of the categories of uses and disclosures permitted by HIPAA without an authorization.

Applicable law and ethical standards permit me to disclose information about you without your authorization only in a limited number of situations. As a provider licensed in the state of Texas, it is my practice to adhere to more stringent privacy requirements for disclosures without an authorization. The following language addresses these categories to the extent consistent with HIPAA.

Child Abuse.

Whenever I have knowledge of or observes a child I know or reasonably suspects, has been the victim of child abuse or neglect, I must immediately report such to a police department or sheriff's department, county probation department, or county or state welfare department.

Adult and Domestic Abuse.

If I have observed or have knowledge of an incident that reasonably appears to be physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse or neglect of an elder or dependent adult, or if I am told by an elder or dependent adult that he or she has experienced these, or if I reasonably suspects such, I must report the known or suspected abuse immediately to the local ombudsman or the local law enforcement agency.

Health Oversight.

If a complaint is filed against me with the State Board that licenses her profession, the Board has the authority to subpoena confidential mental health information from me relevant to that complaint.

Serious Threat to Health or Safety.

If you communicate to me a serious threat of physical violence against an identifiable victim, I must make reasonable efforts to prevent harm, which may include communicating that information to the potential victim, and the police. If I have reasonable cause to believe that you are in such a condition, as to be dangerous to yourself or others, I may release relevant information as necessary to prevent the threatened danger.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings.

I may disclose your PHI pursuant to a subpoena (with your written consent), court order, administrative order or similar process.

Verbal Permission.

I may also use or disclose your information to family members that are directly involved in your treatment with your verbal permission.

With Authorization.

Uses and disclosures not specifically permitted by applicable law will be made only with your written authorization, which may be revoked at any time, except to the extent that I have already made a use or disclosure based upon your authorization.

The following uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization:



YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PHI

You have the following rights regarding PHI I maintain about you. To exercise any of these rights, please submit your request in writing to me or by phone at (512) 709-8311.

Right of Access to Inspect and Copy.

You have the right, which may be restricted only in exceptional circumstances, to inspect and copy PHI that is maintained in a “designated record set,” A designated record set contains mental health/medical and billing records and any other records that are used to make decisions about your care. Your right to inspect and copy PHI will be restricted only in those situations where there is compelling evidence that access would cause serious harm to you or if the information is contained in separately maintained psychotherapy notes. I may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee for copies. If your records are maintained electronically, you may also request an electronic copy of your PHI. You may also request that a copy of your PHI be provided to another person.

Right to Amend.

If you feel that the PHI I have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask me to amend the information, although I am not required to agree to the amendment. If I deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with me. I may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy. Please contact the me if you have any questions.

Right to an Accounting of Disclosures.

You have the right to request an accounting of certain of the disclosures that I make of your PHI. I may charge you a reasonable fee if you request more than one accounting in any 12-month period.

Right to Request Restrictions.

You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the use or disclosure of your PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. I am not required to agree to your request unless the request is to restrict disclosure of PHI to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations, and the PHI pertains to a health care item or service that you paid for out of pocket. In that case, I am required to honor your request for a restriction.

Right to Request Confidential Communication.

You have the right to request that I communicate with you about health matters in a certain way or at a certain location. I will accommodate reasonable requests. I may require information regarding how payment will be handled or specification of an alternative address or other method of contact as a condition for accommodating your request. I will not ask you for an explanation of why you are making the request.

Breach Notification.

If there is a breach of unsecured PHI concerning you, I may be required to notify you of this breach, including what happened and what you can do to protect yourself.

Right to a Copy of this Notice.

You have the right to a copy of this notice.



COMPLAINTS

If you believe I have violated your privacy rights, you have the right to file a complaint in writing with me at 4101 Parkstone Heights Drive, Suite 370, Austin, TX 78746 or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 or by calling (202) 619-0257.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF PRIVACY NOTICE

I acknowledge that I received and reviewed Claudia Byrne PhD's Notice of Privacy Practices.



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Schedule and Fees

Hours available by appointment on weekdays. Please contact me by phone 512-709-8311 or by email at claudiabyrne@yahoo.com.

Individual psychotherapy:
Fees are based on a 55 minute session, please call for current rates.
Fees for sessions longer than 55 minutes are pro-rated

I offer an initial free half-hour consultation to meet me and to discuss your treatment goals.

Contact

I can be reached at 512-709-8311 and have a flexible weekday schedule. My office is located at 4101 Parkstone Heights Drive, Suite 370, Austin, TX 78746.

Directions

The office is located in a 3 story building at the corner of Parkstone Heights Drive and Capital of Tx Hwy 360 and is across from the Tres Amigos Mexican Restaurant. Parkstone Heights Drive is on the West side of 360 and is two streets South of Westbank Drive.

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