Howard Erman Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(734) 663-2485
info@howarderman.com

Information for Current Patients

Vacation Coverage Information

Whenever I go on vacation, I leave instructions on my office telephone (734-663-2485) on how to deal with emergencies and with urgent care problems. The emergency instructions are the same as those listed on this page under Psychiatric Emergencies (bottom of this page). I always arrange for a colleague of mine in Ann Arbor to be available on an urgent care basis (i.e. an appointment usually within 48 hours) if you have a problem that cannot wait until I return. The name and phone number of that covering therapist will be on my office telephone message and will be listed below on the Vacation Schedule just prior to the vacation. In addition, I invite you to call me on my cell phone for any urgent care problem when I am on vacation in this country. For security reasons, I do not list my cell phone on this WEB site, but it appears on your monthly bill. Always feel free to ask me for my cell phone number if you have lost it or do not recall it. When this urgent care cell phone option is not available, I will say so on my telephone message and I will note it below on my vacation schedule. Finally, not every “To Be Announced” Vacation actually becomes a vacation; it is easier to have one listed for every season but many remain just empty place holders

Vacation Schedule for 2020 and 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday 2020:

** November 26-November 29, 2020

Thanksgiving in 2020 is Thursday, November 26, 2020.

First Day Resuming Appointments: Monday, November 30, 2020

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: Contact me directly to schedule an urgent care appointment. Send me an email at howarderman@gmail.com and also call me or text me on my cellphone 734 355-2485.

Christmas Holiday Break 2020-2021: Friday, December 25, 2020 - Sunday, January 3, 2021

Last Day seeing patients: Thursday, December 24, 2020

First Day Resuming Appointments: Monday, January 4, 2021

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: I will be available on an urgent care basis. Contact me by email at howarderman@gmail.com or call me or text me on my cell phone: 734 355-2485 .

2021 Winter Vacation:

I. Martin Luther King Holiday and Vacation: MLK Holiday is Monday, January 18, 2021 Vacation Days TBD

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: contact Dr. Erman by email or buy cell phone. His email is howarderman@gmail.com. Cellphone is (734)355-2485.

II. Winter Vacation: TBA **NOTE:

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA.

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: Throughout this break patients can reach me by email or by text message to my cellphone and I can arrange an urgent care phone session as needed.

2021 Spring Vacation:TBA

First Day Resuming Appointments:

URGENT CARE COVERAGE:

2021 Summer Vacations:

Independence Day Holiday : TBA; this year July 4, 2021, the Independence Day Holiday, falls on a Sunday

I. JULY Vacation

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: TBA

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA

II. August VacationTBA

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA URGENT CARE COVERAGE: To Be Announced

2021 Fall Vacations:

**TBA

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: TBA

Thanksgiving Holiday 2021:

**TBA

Thanksgiving in 2021 is Thursday, November 25, 2021.

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: To Be Announced

Christmas Holiday Break 2021-2022: TBA Last Day seeing patients: TBA

First Day Resuming Appointments: TBA

URGENT CARE COVERAGE: I will be available on an urgent care basis. Contact me by email or by cell phone message.

Cancellation Policy

I bill if sessions are canceled with less than forty-eight hour notice. (Exception: if we meet regularly on a two or three times a week basis and you tell me in your session that you are canceling your next session, I will not bill for it even if the canceled session is less than forty-eight hours away). If you call before the missed session, I will make a good-faith effort to find a make-up time that occurs in the following day or two and that works for both of us; I will then only bill for the make-up session and not the missed session. If I cannot find a suitable make-up session time or if you do not call before your missed session, I then bill for the missed session. Please note that insurance companies do not pay for missed sessions, so if you rely on your insurance, you will now face a full fee bill. If you any questions about how this policy works or why I have it, please feel free to ask me. (See also Question 7 on the FAQ page for a general comment on cancellation policies in therapy).

Payment Policy

I bill all my regular patients on a once a month basis. At our last session of the month, I will hand you the bill for the month. Payment is due at the next session, our first of the next month. If you are absent from this first session of the next month, please mail in your payment. If you have Blue Cross insurance, I will bill them directly and you will only pay your co-pay and/or your deductible. Finally, if you are planning to seek reimbursement from another insurance or from a medical savings account, a master medical plan, etc., please let me know and I will present you a bill formatted for those needs.

Psychiatric Emergencies

Psychiatric emergencies are extremely rare events. A psychiatric emergency is a situation where you think you can no longer keep yourself or others safe from your own actions or a situation where you are unable to care for yourself in the most basic, minimal ways. First try to call me on my cell phone. If I am not immediately available and you are not safe go immediately and directly to the nearest hospital emergency room, which will provide safe and timely treatment.