New Client Paperwork
Please take a few minutes to print, read, complete and sign the following forms below before our initial session together. You are also able to review, sign and print through the Client portal. The Client portal link will be emailed to you upon scheduling your first appointment.
Informed Consent and Practice Policies
HIPAA Privacy Practices
Release of Confidential Information
Mind-Body Therapy Consent
Questions about therapy and the process is completely normal, as it is a little scary at first. Below you will find common questions people ask before engaging in therapy. Please let me know if you have additional questions. I am more than happy to answer over the phone or during our first initial session.
What is therapy like?
Individual therapy can be anxiety provoking, especially if it is your first time. After all, you are meeting a complete stranger and asked to be vulnerable by sharing your thoughts and feelings. However, typically after a few sessions therapy can become a place where you feel safe, validated, supported, and encouraged. Each session may vary in content and focus, though our established therapy goals will serve as our guide. It is also individualized to fit your specific needs and personality. Therapy can be collaborative, engaging, surprising, and resourceful. You will learn more about yourself and be provided tools to help manage the many struggles life can throw at us. To review more benefits of therapy, find them listed under the Individual Therapy section of this site.
There are potential risks to therapy. People may initially feel worse as the therapy progresses, which is very normal. In rare cases, therapy may even trigger some to have thoughts about wanting to hurt themselves or end their lives. When this happens, we will work together to help you understand and cope with these feelings safely, and can direct therapy to be more supportive until you are feeling stronger. Therapy can complicate your life. Therapy is often about making changes or about looking at yourself differently. Therapy can change how you live, and it can change how you feel about your relationships. I will help you to anticipate these changes and will let you decide what changes are best for you, and when. Therapy is not free and for many there is a personal financial cost.
Finally, if we have been working together for several weeks or months, and it does not feel like you are making progress, it is important that we discuss it together. It may be that you would do better with a different approach to therapy, or even with a different therapist. As therapists, we know that we cannot be everything to everybody, and we are comfortable helping you make a change if needed. I encourage all new clients to assess if I am the right "fit" for them. If we are not the right "fit," as not everyone is, I would be happy to provide alternative referrals.
What is your fee? Can I pay with insurance?
We will discuss fees over the phone and during the initial consult process. At this time, I do not accept insurance, however I am able to provide a billing statement for reimbursement.
What is a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology?
A Psy.D. is a Doctor of Psychology. Individuals who obtain a Psy.D. have extensive clinical training to work with diverse populations, along with a wide array of mental health concerns. Graduate programs offer in-depth understanding of practice-related knowledge, empirically-based treatments, assessment, and research. Typically doctoral graduate programs range from four to five years in length and require both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical hours before licensure, totaling 3,000 hours. A national and state licensing exam is required to obtain a license.
What is your cancellation policy?
A 24-hour cancellation is required. If a session is missed or less than 24-hours is provided, the full rate of the session will be charged.
How often will I come to therapy?
Sessions last 50-minutes and typically occur every week, though both the length and frequency may vary according to your individual need. Weekly sessions at the onset of therapy is recommended as a strong and positive working relationship between the client and therapy is essential. Client’s motivation and commitment are necessary for therapy to be successful.