Here’s what you should know before you begin your journey…
Consultation + Pre-screening
Before we meet in person, I recommend that we talk on the phone for a free 15 minute consultation. This gives you the opportunity to share what it is you’re looking for in this process. Based on our conversation, I can either provide you with referrals or schedule you for our first appointment. Either way, it’s important that we are a good fit, because we will be working together.
Once we’ve talked and you’ve decided to work with me, you’ll receive a welcome e-mail and link to create a Client Portal via Simple Practice for scheduling, payment, and filling out electronic documentation. You can fill these documents out in the comfort of your home.
Intake Session at the Office
Our first session is called an intake session, which is longer than your typical counseling session. A typical session is 55 minutes long, whereas a intake session is 90 minutes long. This meeting allows us to get to know each other better. This space will give us the opportunity to help me learn more about who you are and what's important to you. Additionally, I will use this time to describe my counseling approach, policies, and expectations for this process.
The intake session also allows me to hear more about your reasons for starting counseling at this particular juncture in your life. Our first session will also help me understand the larger context of the struggles and difficulties you as well as the goals you have for counseling. Finally, this session also gives me the opportunity to answer any questions you might have and to review paperwork, making sure I have all the information I need for counseling to begin successfully
As I am only at my office 3 days out of the week, my availability will limit my ability to care for certain issues or needs you may have, especially if these issues or needs are more severe, require acute or specialized attention, or require 24 hr on call availability. For example, if you are currently undergoing recovery for a pervasive and long term substance use issue(s) or recent/frequent hospitalization, my office setting and availability may not provide the best care to fit your treatment needs and your goals.
In order to protect the integrity of our professional relationship and to preserve our therapeutic alliance, I do not have any contacts or connection on social media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) with any former, potential, or current clients. It is unethical for me to do so.
Additionally, I do not receive text messages from clients. You can message me securely through your Client Portal via Simple Practice, once you’ve created your profile. This is not a secure or private method of communication. With that said, I will not respond to any text messages. If you need to reschedule an appointment you may call, leave a voicemail, or email.
If you are experiencing a dangerous or life threatening emergency, psychiatric or medical, you should call 9-1-1 immediately and go to your nearest hospital or emergency services. I do not provide 24-7 on call services.
Cancellation by You: Should you need to cancel your appointment, you have 24 hours from the time of your scheduled appointment date and time to notify me (e.g., email, phone call, or voicemail). Please do not text me. You will be charged 50% of the service rate if I do not receive 24 hour notice of cancellation.
Running Late to Session: If you arrive 20 minutes or more to a session, I recommend rescheduling the session so that you are able to receive quality services for your time. If you are late, we can only meet for the remaining time left of the session you had scheduled. I cannot guarantee that I can provide you with additional time to make up for the time you were late. It is your choice if you would like to continue with the session for the remainder of your scheduled appointment. You will be charged the rate of the full session you scheduled.
Cancellation by Me or Inclement Weather: If I should have to cancel an appointment with you, I will notify you within the 24 hours from the time of your scheduled appointment via the preferred contact you provide. I will provide an option to reschedule your appointment at this time. This cancellation is at no cost or penalty to you.
Frequently missed sessions: If you miss 3 scheduled sessions, back-to-back, we will have to discuss if it is the right time for you to commit to counseling. I would not want to keep you on as a client if there isn’t progress being made or I am unable to help due to your schedule.