What do I need to bring with me?
You will need your insurance card or information. If you have coverage from two companies you need to know which is "primary."
How long are sessions?
We generally schedule sessions on the hour, allowing 50 minutes in session. Shorter sessions (for example periodic check-ups when someone is doing well) and longer sessions (used often for family or couples) may be scheduled, when appropriate.
Will I need to be tested?
When issues and problems are clear, testing is not usually necessary. Sometimes we may wish to complete a quick "screening" designed to help us quickly understand the severity of a problem as a guide to what needs to be done immediately. There are other times when we may feel "stuck" in therapy, unable to make headway. At such times, psychological testing may help us discover the path to renewed progress.
I don't want anyone to know I'm in therapy. Can you promise that?
We have very strict rules governing confidentiality. In general, we will not release any information about you (including your identity) without permission. There are only four times when this rule may be broken. First, if we suspect child abuse or neglect we must report it. Second, if a person is so upset that he or she might seriously harm himself or herself, either intentionally or unintentionally, we may intervene to protect the person. Third, if we have reason to believe that a person intends on harming another person, we have a "duty to warn" that person and the appropriate law enforcement agency to protect the person. Forth, under certain conditions a legitimate court order can cause the release of portions of a record relevant to a court proceeding. This is highly unusual and does not happen without our consulting with our own attorneys to insure the protection of our clients to the maximum extent possible.