INFORMATION FOR YOU
What can I expect during my first and subsequent appointments?
ABOUT YOUR VISIT
Preparation for your appointment
Prior to your first appointment:
Typically, our initial contact will take place on the telephone where I will gather some preliminary information (i.e., your name, e-mail address, and phone number) in order to open an electronic file. Equipped with that information, I will then be able to send you a few documents electronically, which will save time during your first visit; these documents include an informed consent form, my practice policy guidelines, and a questionnaire.
All files, whether electronic or in paper form are maintained in a secure, locked filing cabinet in my office (paper) and on a secure encrypted server (digital). Your personal information always remains confidential. The only two conditions under which I am obliged both ethically and legally to breach confidentiality are: if you pose an imminent threat to your own safety or to someone else's.
The first appointment:
The first visit generally lasts 90 minutes, and it is where I conduct a thorough assessment (i.e., family background, medical history, etc.). The assessment may require an additional session before fully concluded, after which we will work collaboratively to determine treatment goals and a plan to achieve those goals.
Though I am an electic practitioner, meaning that I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques in helping my clients, my theoretical orientation is fundamentally humanisitic and constructivist. This means that I work in a very democratic fashion (if I'm allowed to ask questions of you, you're certainly allowed to ask questions too!), favoring therapeutic transparency and authenticity, and creating a safe space where you feel comfortable taking a risk in sharing intimate details of your life.