If you are interested in working with me, please reach out to me by phone or e-mail (insert link). You may leave me a confidential detailed voicemail or e-mail. I will gladly answer any questions you have, and will want to spend about 10 to 15 minutes on the telephone with you in order to learn about you and about your situation in order to determine if I am a good fit for your needs and whether or not meeting for an intake session makes sense for you.
Initial Intake Session
During an initial intake session, you will meet with me for approximately 75 to 80 minutes in my office in order to determine whether cognitive behavioral therapy is the most suitable form of treatment for your needs. If you are seeking a potential evaluation, this session will assist with determining whether an assessment is warranted and if so, what assessment measures would best answer the your referral questions. Prior to this meeting, I will ask you to complete several forms, which will assist me in evaluating your situation. I will offer some details about the treatment and/or assessment that I am recommending to you, so you can determine whether these recommendations make sense to you and if you would like to move forward with treatment/evaluation. I will answer any questions you have. Typically, intake goals are accomplished in one session, but sometimes two or even three sessions are required to make a determination as to whether it makes sense to move forward with treatment/assessment.
The Therapy Process
Together, we will begin the therapy by setting goals for your treatment and by identifying strategies for assessing progress toward the goals. Weekly sessions are typically recommended in order to continue to achieve adequate progress. I will likely ask you to complete one or two assessment scales before each session that we will go over during the session and use to monitor your progress. At the beginning of each session, we will together set an agenda of topics to take up in the session. I will help you develop a cognitive-behavioral understanding of your difficulties, and will teach you tools and strategies that you may use to address thoughts (cognitions) and behaviors that may be contributing to your difficulties. You’ll be asked to practice what you learn in the sessions during the week and to provide feedback about whether what you are learning in therapy is helping you accomplish your goals. A typical course of treatment lasts about 25 sessions, but sometimes goals can be accomplished in fewer sessions, and not infrequently more sessions are needed. I can offer you an estimate about the number of sessions you may need during your initial intake session.
For more information, please see the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy page under the Specialties tab.
The Assessment Process
The neuropsychological/psychoeducational/psychodiagnostic assessment is done over several sessions (between three to four sessions), in order to ensure that I obtain the best possible performance from you or your child. The assessment provides a detailed profile of cognitive, academic, neuropsychological and personal strengths and weaknesses as well as provides specific diagnoses, as applicable. The most useful component is the detailed description of your or your child’s unique pattern of performance. Emotional aspects are also assessed and medical and developmental histories are always considered when giving a diagnosis.
Please see the relevant assessment page under the Specialties tab.