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WHILE MOST PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY SESSIONS A SPECIFIC ISSUE WILL TAKE TO RESOLVE, THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL MATTER AND CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED AS THE PSYCHOTHERAPY PROGRESSES. SOMETIMES IT IS A VERY SHORT PROCESS AND OTHER TIMES THE CLIENT WILL DECIDE TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THEMSELVES AS THEY UNCOVER ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIVES.
Here are some ideas on how I begin therapy with potential clients and how we start resolving issues:
YOUR INITIAL CONTACT WITH ME: Your initial contact is via the telephone to evaluate your needs. We will decide if we are a good match and if I have the skills needed to help you with your problems. If I am not the right therapist for you, I will help you find another. If we both decide a psychotherapy appointment is appropriate for you at this time, we agree to one meeting for an intake appointment.
YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT IS IN PERSON: This appointment is 50 minutes in-person with about 30 minutes of paper work prior to the appointment. The paper work is extensive so that I can gather as much information about you in writing in order to help you in the most efficient manner. This initial in-person consultation allows you to get acquainted with the therapy process, evaluate your challenges and current needs, and decide what you would like to accomplish. At the end of this appointment, we both decide if we are a suitable match to address your issues or not. If we decide to do additional work, we contract for two more appointments.
You are given a Stress Management Pocket Pal to put in your wallet for future reference.
SECOND APPOINTMENT: The second appointment focuses on diagnosis. This is important because we need to establish what is specifically going on with you. If you went to a medical doctor for a pain in your right arm and she treated your left arm, your right arm would likely not get better as quickly as if the treatment was geared for the arm that was hurting you. Diagnosis helps determine exactly what is going on with you and helps determine the level of your distress. After you have signed a release of information and asked the person’s permission, between the second and third appointments, I spend from 20-60 minutes on the telephone with a person of your choice. This time I spend is of great value in the therapeutic process and there is no charge to you. My goal is finding out more about you in order to help you in the fastest, most efficient manner. I generally ask this person what they would ideally like to see you work on in psychotherapy. Based on their answer, I keep asking questions until I have a clearer picture of your needs. In addition to the extensive paperwork, and the intake appointment itself, this is another way that I assess what is going on with you. Each client presents themselves in therapy as they know themselves. A second person, who knows you well, can give me a greater insight into you and your challenges.
You are given at this appointment, a “Great Stress Buster” mountable card for future use.
THIRD APPOINTMENT: Treatment planning is the focus of the third appointment. Treatment planning establishes where you currently are in your life and what changes you want to make. It is a specific plan that is unique to you and your problems. Treatment planning creates a concrete agreement that will enable you assess your progress. One way to look at this process is to imagine you are in Los Angeles and you want to get to San Francisco. There are many ways to get there (fly, drive, ride a bicycle, hitchhike, walk) and there are a variety of routes to take (some longer, some shorter, some more efficient than others). Together we develop a treatment plan that takes in to account your needs, resources, and ability to implement changes in your life. Ideally, we will develop the most efficient and quickest route to solve the problems you want to address in therapy. You have the right to ask about other treatments for your condition and their risks and benefits. If you could benefit from any treatments that I do not provide, I will follow my professional and ethical obligation to assist you in obtaining those treatments.
You are given at this appointment the ability to download Stress Management: Your Gift of Rejuvenation CD which I developed. It includes practical tips on stress management techniques and a Guided Imagery session for relaxation and stress reduction.
ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS: Appointments beyond the third session are agreed upon individually with no obligation to continue therapy at any time. You decide what is in your best interest and what fits with your lifestyle and individual needs.
NO CRISIS INTERVENTION – CALL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM
I am only in the office on Mondays. I take client phone calls seven days a week when I am available. However, I only see clients in my office on Mondays. So, if Mondays do not work for you, please contact another therapist for your needs.
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