What to Expect during Our First Appointment
First, you can contact me by either phone or email. If you call, you’ll probably have to leave a message. I’ll call you back within 24 hours. When I call, if it is not a convenient time for you to talk, we can schedule a phone call for a time that works better for you.
Next, we’ll talk on the phone for a 30-minute free consultation. This is your opportunity to let me know what is going on and for you to ask me questions. My goal is for us to determine if I can help you. If you don’t know exactly what to say, don’t worry. I’ll help you.
Some topics that we might talk about include:
- why you decided to call now;
- what is not working in your life;
- what is working in your life;
- your previous experience with therapy, if any, and what you liked or didn’t like about the experience;
- my rate and your budget; and
- any questions that you might have.
Schedule an appointment time.
Then, I’ll ask you if you would like to schedule an appointment. If so, we will find a convenient time for us to begin our work together. We will schedule a 50-minute session that will take place at this same time every week. If not, I can help you find someone better suited to your needs.
My main goal is for you to get the help that you need.
Fill Out Paperwork
I will send you an email that will enable you to fill out the majority of the paperwork online using a secure client portal.
When you receive the email, click on the link that says, "Click here to login to the client portal." This will take you to a secure webpage. Enter your email address as your Username and the 4 digit password from the email that I sent you. You will then be prompted to set-up your own password. Write it down so you can log back in if you need to. Then all you have to do is fill out the prompts and questions.
There are 2 forms that require an actual signature, so I ask that you print them, fill them out, and bring them with you. The portal will prompt you when to download and print them out
The paperwork includes:
- Basic demographic information,
- Informed Consent that lets you know what to expect in therapy,
- HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) notification,
- Consent for Communications to let me know how you prefer to be contacted, and
- Payment Agreement.
By filling out the paperwork before we meet, we can spend our time getting to know one another instead of doing paperwork.
Come to our appointment.
Finally, at our scheduled appointment time, you come to my office at 1004 Mo-Pac Circle, Suite 100. Don't forget to bring the Consent for Communication and Payment Agreement. If you forget, I'll have blank copies.
You can have a seat in the waiting room and I will come to get you when it’s time for our appointment.
During our appointment, we will talk some more about what has been happening in your life.
Sometimes people feel such relief at finally getting help that they cry for the whole 50 minutes. Sometimes, people have thought a lot about what’s been going on and why. They often talk the whole time about their ideas and theories. Sometimes, people don’t know what to say and sit quietly. Any of these, and any other response, is welcomed. You don’t really have to prepare ahead of time or plan what you want to say.