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Initial Appointment

The following forms must be filled out at the first appointment.  I will have the paperwork available for you at the time of your first appointment, and thus you should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your session to have time to fill it out.  However, I am making the forms available here in "portable document format" (PDF) so that you may download them and fill them out ahead of time if you wish.  In order to accomplish this, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.  It is available by clicking here.

Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)

Consent for Treatment Form (For All Clients)

Adult Information Form (Adult Clients only)

Consent for Treatment Form - Adolescent (required only for adolescent clients)

Adolescent and Young Adult Information Form (required only of adolescent and young adult clients)

Permission to Release Confidential Information (to be used if you wish to permit me to give, receive, or share information with some other professional or individual, such as a physician, previous therapist, member of the clergy, attorney, or a member of your family). 

 

What Can I Expect?

The first session will last about 60 minutes, and it is broken up into three basic components.  In the first few minutes, it is important that we review information that is contained in the forms that I have asked you to sign.  This includes reviewing confidentiality and its limitations, my background, and information about some important logistics of my practice.  This is also a time for you to ask questions.  Next, we will spend the bulk of the session in conversation about what it is that has brought you to treatment.  In addition to asking you some clarifying questions about the problems that you are experiencing, I will begin to try to understand your concerns within the larger context of your life.  As every one of my patients has heard me say at least once, "You are not just a ball of symptoms and problems, but a whole person who has strengths, positive and negative life experiences, and the like."  The last 10 minutes of the session is usually spent with me asking you some specific questions about some symptoms that may not have been discussed earlier.  I am also interested to know what it was like for you to talk with me. 

The length of treatment is very difficult to determine without knowing you.  Some people consult me for very focused and specific concerns, such as resolving an occupational problem or talking through some relatively normal but stressful developmental challenge.  Others experience themselves as "out of control" or having a life that is a "mess."  Still others appear successful in some parts of their lives but others leave them unfulfilled.  Of course there are other possibilities, but the main message I want to convey is that you and I will decide together what the right length of treatment should be.  I ask that you consider committing to at least three months of weekly sessions in most circumstances, which that being discussed periodically throughout our work together. 

 

 
   
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