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
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 (No need to bring)
3. Business Arrangements (No need to bring)
Please fill out/sign and bring items 4 – 6.
Finding My Office
Searching Google Maps for my address shows you a picture of Bortolami’s Pizza. My office is in the same complex. Bortolami’s is at the front of Building A. My office is in the back of Building B, which is next. There is free, perpendicular parking on 9th Ave., next to the building, and there are a few spots marked Visitor in the parking lot. The entrance is marked 9901 B Stockford Square Building B. My office is located on the second floor. Go down the hall to the left when you leave the elevator or come up the stairs. You’ll see the sign to my waiting room. Please walk in the door, which is unlocked, and take a seat. I will come out to greet you when it’s time for your appointment. There are restrooms across from the elevator or on the ground floor, across from the entrance. Please feel free to help yourself to water in the waiting room.
Our session begins with my reviewing the information you’ve brought, and if you’re insured, taking a picture of your insurance card(s). Our conversation will evolve from getting initial background information to discussing the central issues that bring you to therapy and your 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.
If I discover that you have needs that require different treatment than I offer, I’ll do my best to provide 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.