Phone Consultation: An initial phone consult will help determine whether we are a “good fit” and I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.  Whether or not you or a family member may need more extensive services prior to outpatient therapy is important to know, in order to provide the most appropriate level of care and support.  There are times that an evaluation or assessment at your nearest hospital can give you the support you need in the meantime.  Crisis management can be challenging for clients and families, therefore having additional support systems available if possible can be a “Life Saver.” Many communities are now training individuals in Mental Health First Aid to be more proactive for families and individuals within the community. This hopefully will help lessen the stigma of mental health issues; as we also focus on Wellness and Prevention.

Initial Assessment/Sessions: Our Initial Assessment will include information that can be downloaded from this website and brought with you to the first session, in order to save time and hopefully lessen some of the anxiety.  I am interested in knowing what kind of prior experiences you or a family member has had with the mental health system- both positive and negative, in order to learn from you what has worked in the past, and what has been possibly triggered, in order to hopefully not recreate that experience without “breaking it down to size” first.  Did you “feel heard?”. “Validated?  Did the therapist track your concerns and what you were saying? Did they check it out with you to make sure that they were tracking correctly or did they simply make that assumption? Were you allowed to disagree? Did you feel like you had choices, not only within the session, but the option of choosing another therapist, another agency, length/frequency of sessions that may be a better fit for your individualized needs? Were you given additional recommendations whether holistic: yoga, naturopathy, chiropractor, exercise, nutrition or medical/psychiatric: MD, DO, psychiatrist, PCP, Nurse Practitioner that meets your personality?

Confidentiality: HIPAA Laws protect the client and family for privacy and support. Unless a person is a harm to themselves or others, confidentiality remains a given.  Please feel free to discuss this in your first session. A link to HIPAA is also available on this website.

Medication: While medication can be an important aspect for clients, research has shown that therapy along with medication offers better long term results. By building on strengths, increasing resiliency, identifying support systems, practicing new behaviors, challenging old beliefs, practicing wellness/prevention it is possible to live a more enriching life.

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