What can I expect from the first visit?
I will ask questions about your overall health, your background, current life circumstances, your family and your use of drugs or other substances. I may also ask you to complete some pen and paper scales to provide an objective measure of symptoms.
At the end of this appointment we will discuss a treatment plan. This treatment plan may include medication, psychotherapy or both. I may also refer you to other professionals for consultations, therapy or testing.
If you choose to go on medication, we will discuss potential side effects and what you can expect from the medication.
How long are follow up visits?
Medication monitoring visits are 25 minutes. Psychotherapy visits are 50 minutes in length and may include medication monitoring.
Is there anything I should do before our first appointment?
Please visit the Intake Forms section of this site to print and complete the documentation for the services you wish to receive. If you cannot or do not complete these documents before your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early. You can find copies of these documents in folders in the waiting room.
Do you collaborate with other psychotherapists or physicians to provide integrated treatment?
Yes. I believe strongly that a treatment team provides the best care. I will ask you to complete a release of information during our appointment to allow me to have open communication with your psychotherapist, primary care provider, or other specialists.
What if I have a question about my medication (e.g. side effects) or need a refill in between appointments?
I always encourage you to call me with clinical questions. I do my best to return all calls the day they are received unless you call after business hours. I do not routinely charge for this time. However, if I see that we are spending extended periods of time outside of the session, I will discuss with you the need to charge for that time as if it were an office visit. Please be aware that email is not a secure method of communication and it is not recommended that you communicate clinical information by email. See policies for additional details.
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