If you are interested in becoming a therapy patient, you should begin by calling me. During this initial call, we will briefly discuss what is making you seek treatment. Assuming I can provide you with appropriate treatment and it seems as though we would work well together, we will schedule our first appointment. I will ask you to print out and complete an Intake Form before our first in-person meeting.
At the first session, which will last for 50 minutes, I will spend time learning about you and what has brought you in for therapy. I will ask you questions about many areas of your life, both current and past. I will also ask a lot about the current symptoms you are experiencing, how long they have been present, and the ways in which they are causing you problems. After the intake is complete, I will provide you with my conceptualization of your situation, provide you with diagnostic feedback (if applicable), and propose a treatment plan. Once we have agreed upon the treatment plan and your goals for treatment, we will begin therapy sessions. Each therapy session will last for 50 minutes.
During our regularly scheduled therapy sessions, we will collaboratively engage in empirically-based treatment strategies that will target your symptoms/problems. You will also be asked to practice techniques that we have discussed in our therapy sessions in your own life between our therapy sessions. Said differently, you will have "homework" assignments so that you can regularly practice the skills that you are learning in therapy. I will regularly assess your symptoms to ensure that the treatment we are engaging in is working!
If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation, you should begin by calling me. During this initial call, we will briefly discuss what is prompting you to be assessed and the type of assessment you desire. If I am qualified to conduct the type of assessment that you are seeking, we will set up an intake appointment that will likely last for 50 minutes, and I will ask you to print out and complete an Intake Form before we meet. Based upon the information I obtain during the intake appointment, we will put together an assessment plan. Please see information on the tab called "Assessment" to obtain more detail about what specific types of assessments require related to the # of appointments, cost, etc.