Your First Appointment
When you book your first appointment, I will ask for your name, address, phone number, date of birth, insurance carrier, and a general description of why you are seeking services. You will speak to me personally. We will keep this call brief in order to obtain essential information and you will be able to provide more detail during your first visit. If you call and leave a message, I will return your call within 24 hours.
Your initial appointment is an opportunity to discuss your goals for counseling and give us the opportunity to get to know one another. You can then decide if it feels like we are a good match for working together to achieve your goals. Appointments may be booked online or in my office after the appointment.
All required paperwork will be sent to you via email. Please have the paperwork completed before the first session. I have to have the consent to treat form, plus the other forms completed before our initial meeting. Upon arriving, have a seat in the waiting room, and I will come out and greet you when it is time for your appointment. I will make a copy of your insurance card if insurance is to be billed. If there is a receptionist at the front desk, she works for the physician in the building, so you do not have to check in with her.
We will proceed to my office to discuss the factors that brought you to the appointment. I will ask general questions in order to have a context for who you are, your expectations, and modalities that may benefit you. You are free to express yourself during any session and the information is confidential and not released unless there is a danger to yourself or others. Confidentiality will be outlined in the paperwork you will sign. Any questions you may have about treatment, confidentiality, or privacy issues can be addressed at this time.
If you have any questions, please always feel free to ask me. I look forward to meeting you.