I've created this page to simplify the intake process. Your first appointment begins with informed consent, with the remaining time spent on discussing what brings you to therapy.
Informed consent makes sure you're fully informed about the therapy agreement so you can knowledgeably consent to treatment. To make the first meeting efficient, I ask you to fill out and read some brief forms before coming in.
Please select the links below to launch printable forms in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and bring them to your first session. If you can't do so, we'll complete them when we meet. The informed consent notice covers most of what you'll need to know in a page and a half. You'll leave the session with copies of the paperwork you've signed. No signatures are needed on the forms you'll bring in.
The informed consent process usually goes quickly. Then we spend the remaining time discussing why you're seeking therapy and an initial treatment plan. The most important part of the session is our human interaction. It's a chance for you to ask questions and find out if you feel comfortable working with me. I may ask questions to understand more about your presenting issues and provide feedback about these issues and how they might be treated. If I discover that you have needs that require different treatment than I can offer, I'll do my best to offer you referrals to appropriate therapists or resources, although most often a referral isn't needed.
This website includes detailed directions to get to my office, covering transportation, driving instructions and maps. Select this link to see that page.