The first step... getting to know one another.
Intake appointments are 80 minutes long. This gives us time to get to know one other and take a deep dive into your current symptoms, past history, and goals and expectations so that we can determine a holistic picture of what is needed for your recovery.
Prior to your appointment, you will complete the paperwork (ugh, I know, but it will be worth it) that helps make sure that we look at the interconnection between your physical health and mental health.
I will go over the most common mental health disorders, allowing you time to provide details, ask questions, and start to understand what you have been experiencing and how we might create a plan that is tailored to your needs.
Before the end of your session, you will feel confident and hopeful about your recovery and path forward.
I want help...not a diagnosis.
I understand. This is one of the many reasons I do not work with insurance, and unless you will be submitting a Superbill, we will not have to use a diagnosis code. The focus of your first appointment is not on figuring out what is “wrong.” The purpose of your first appointment is to get to know one another and discover what you do well and what you would like to do better. We will explore what you have tried in the past and what has worked and not worked.
I know how intimidating it can be to have a first appointment and I will help make this appointment welcoming, comfortable, and productive.
I will ask a LOT of questions and I will invite and encourage you to ask a LOT of questions too! If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.
The most common feedback I get after a first appointment is, “nobody’s ever asked me that before” and “I’m glad you asked, I didn’t realize those things were connected” and “I was really dreading this but this was so much easier than I expected.”