A: Your fist appointment will include filing out paper work for the front office. You will also complete short assessments of depression and anxiety. During the therapy session, we will complete questions involving your current problem, a history of that problem, a brief family history, and questions about your physical and emotional well being as well as life style habits. At the end of that session, you will have an opportunity to ask me questions.
Q: Do you take Insurance?
A: I take several insurance reimbursements. The insurance companies are listed in the "payment options" tab.
Q: Who will answer my phone calls?
A: During business hours, either me or my office manager will answer the phone.
Q: Is what I share with my Psychologist confidential?
A: Absolutely. Psychologists in NM are required by law to maintain confidentiality between themselves and clients. In addition, documents pertaining to the HIPPA laws are contained in the information packet you are given at your first session.
Q: How long are all subsequent sessions?
A: Each session is 45 minutes long.
Q: How long will I need to be in therapy?
A: The length of your therapy will depend on the nature of your problem and treatment plan we develop together, which will include your own goals. The overall goal is for you to find yourself in a life you consider to be more comfortable and satisfying than the one which led you to seek therapy in the first place.
Q: What if I think I need to be evaluated for medications or I am already taking prescribed medications?
A: When clients wish to be evaluated for psychotropic medication, I refer them to a psychiatrist. Many of my clients see other specialists who may be prescribing medication for physical conditions.
Q: Can you describe exactly what homework is?
A:Homework varies to fit the individual needs of each client. It may consist of anything from listening to tape recordings made in the office to journaling, keeping records, making lists, reading, exercising, talking out a problem with another person, etc.