If you’d like to find out if we would be a good fit to work together, you can schedule a free 15-minute consultation video call.  During this call, you’ll have a chance to talk about what’s bringing you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it.  Then, I’ll tell you a bit about my practice and answer any questions you may have.  This is also a time to discuss financial questions.  Click here to reach my scheduling page to set up your free consultation. 

 

First Things

Your first “official” appointment with me will be an intake assessment.  You’ll receive some new client paperwork through the SimplePractice Client Portal prior to your appointment.  Please fill this out as completely as possible, as it will greatly facilitate the assessment process.  This first session will last 45-50 minutes.  I’ll be listening and asking questions so that I can determine a diagnosis (if there is one) and make initial treatment recommendations.  This session is also our first opportunity to build rapport, which is a main priority of mine.

 

Next Things

After the first appointment, we will develop a treatment plan.  This is a guide for your treatment and describes what your goals are and how you’ll know that you’ve met them. Some additional information about what to expect from this phase of treatment is listed below.

  • Appointments will ordinarily be 45-50 minutes in duration
  • Weekly or biweekly is the most common frequency for sessions
  • I require at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a session
  • You will be responsible for the entire fee if cancellation is less than 24 hours 
  • Please reach out in the case of illnesses/unforeseen events
  • Payment for missed appointments is not reimbursed by your insurance provider
  • You are responsible for coming to your session on time

 

Finishing Therapy

My approach is to plan for termination from the beginning.  What this means is that we’re always evaluating progress and working toward “graduation” from the current episode of treatment.  There are clients who return for therapy in the future, and there are some who do not.  I tend to aim for shorter episodes of therapy because I think it helps empower clients to continue the work on their own, knowing that they can return if things get difficult.