Intake

Overview

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.

There are documents below to read, fill out and bring with you. Please make sure you bring them to your first appointment. If you can’t print them, let me know the day before so we can arrange for you to arrive a half hour early and complete intake paperwork in my office.

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 intake documents before coming in.

If you plan to use health insurance, please bring your insurance card and contact your insurer to:

  • Make sure your plan authorizes treatment with me
  • Find out and bring your copayment
  • Find out if there’s a deductible remaining on your coverage

Forms

Please select the links below to launch printable forms in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and bring them to your first session. The informed consent notice covers most of what you’ll need to know in two pages.

Please read items 1 – 3 and sign page 1 of the HIPAA notice.

1. Informed Consent Notice

2. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices — please bring signed first page

3. Business Arrangements

Please fill out/sign and bring items 4 – 6.

4. Disclosure of My Qualifications

5. Contact Information

6. Psychotherapy Check-up

Initial Session

The informed consent process usually goes quickly. We spend the remaining time discussing why you’re seeking therapy and treatment options. The most important part of the session is our human interaction. It’s a chance for you to find out if you feel comfortable working with me. I may ask questions to understand more about your needs. 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. An open discussion of your needs in the initial phone call should make it more likely that my services are a good match, so that often a referral isn’t needed. Although experienced with emergencies, that is not my practice focus. As an outpatient therapist I work with people who can reliably cope, are not at risk or in crisis, do not have thoughts of self-harm, and are seeking to grow.