During the first session(s), an appraisal will be conducted to assess your current needs, previous history, and reasons for seeking psychological services at this time. By the end of the session, I will be able to offer you general recommendations, which may include an initial treatment plan for our work together or referral information for a mental health provider who would be better able to meet your needs.
During the first session(s) it will be important for you to determine how comfortable you feel working with me. Whether you are seeking counseling, consultation, advocacy, social skills or support group intervention, or testing/evaluation there is the potential for a big commitment of time, money and energy, so you should be thoughtful about the psychologist you select.
If you have questions about my procedures or recommendations, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If you decide that you would rather not enter into treatment or other care with me, I will be happy to provide you with referral information for other psychologists, counselors or clinics.
If you do decide to accept my general recommendations you will be provided with an informed consent specifically designed for that service whether it be counseling, consultation, advocacy, and/or testing/evaluation.