What to Expect
When you call me, I will hear about why you are seeking help and we will set up a first appointment if appropriate. I prefer speaking by telephone to email or text in order to ensure your privacy and keep our communication confidential.
Please arrive on time or even a few minutes early to your appointment so that we will have a full hour to discuss what is going on in your life and how I might be able to help you. Bring your insurance information and a list of any medications you are taking. Some people find it helpful to bring a family member with them to provide additional information or another perspective, but this is not expected nor necessary.
This first appointment is a mutual consultation. It gives you a chance to meet me and get a sense of how I think and work, and it gives me a chance to start thinking of how to help. I may recommend that we work together with psychotherapy, medications, or both. I will likely ask your permission to speak with your primary care physician and/or psychotherapist (if you have one) in order to work collaboratively to get you well. If after our initial meeting I don’t think I am the right person to best help you, I will discuss this with you and provide recommendations for other professionals or resources in the community better able to provide the care you need.