How to get Started

To get started in therapy, you will need to do the following:

1. Make an appointment with me for an intake session
Although you can e-mail me to ask simple questions you may have prior to coming to therapy, I would prefer that you call me to set-up an appointment for an intake session. This will give you the chance to ask specific questions and get a better sense of whom I am and what I have to offer.

2. Complete the necessary intake forms
There are a few forms that you will need to fill out before our intake session. These are necessary for the both of us in beginning to establish the legal and ethical boundaries of our potential future relationship as therapist and client. You may print out the downloadable forms below and bring them to your first session, or you may wait to complete them upon your first visit. If you choose the latter, I will ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to your intake session to complete the aforementioned forms.

New Client Information Form
Notice of Privacy Practices
Privacy Practices Acknowledgement of Receipt
Provider Info & Informed Consent
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3. Complete an initial intake session
For Individuals: The length of the intake session for individuals is one hour. Topics of the initial intake session may include what brought you to therapy, how you perceive your situation and how you envision therapy as a tool for personal growth.

For Teens: I ask that the one or both parents/legal guardians attend the initial intake session with the teen. I will need information from both parties to make an accurate assessment of the teen and his or her mental health needs. The length of the intake session is one hour, thirty minutes due to the complexity of the assessment and the type of therapy I practice. At the end of this session, I will provide you with diagnostic information, information about the recommended course of treatment and prognosis. If you agree to these recommendations, we will discuss payment for my services and set-up the teen’s next appointment.

4. Establish a treatment plan
At this point, I will facilitate a thoughtful discussion with you about the changes that you would like to see as a result of participating in psychotherapy. This can be as simple or in-depth as you like.

5. Start formal therapy
With a thorough assessment and goals in place, psychotherapy begins.