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What to expect at your first appointment

The first time you call or email, you can count on being treated with respect and without judgment. You can ask any questions you need to help you decide if you want to make an appointment. You'll have a chance to briefly share why you are calling and what you hope to work on. If you decide to make an appointment, it is with the understanding that not every therapist will be a good fit for you and so you are not making a long-term commitment.

When you arrive for your first appointment, you will come into the office building and find suite 107 for Both/And Resources. When you enter the door you will be in the waiting room. Ring the doorbell by the inside door and Chris will come greet you in the waiting room. There will be a few forms to fill out and sign (most of which are below if you want to save time at the appointment). 

To start out, you'll have an opportunity to ask any questions you have or learn more about Chris. Then you will share generally what brought you in and start to give a little background. The rest of the first appointment is spent getting to know one another and starting to formulate a shared understanding of what you hope to achieve through therapy. Some people come in really comfortable, but most are varying degrees of nervous. By the end you will have a pretty good idea what subsequent appointments would consist of if you decide to reschedule. 

Payment & Fees
Forms
 

$90: 55 minute session. See below for use of insurance.

For trauma, PTSD, and anxiety related concerns, you may pay out of pocket or utilize insurance (most insurance accepted).

For child behavior concerns and parenting support, it may be possible to use insurance but each case is different (please call). 

For couples counseling, you may pay for your sessions with cash or check; typically, insurance is not accepted, which allows the focus of therapy to be your unique goals and concerns, rather than being confined to diagnoses and insurance requirements.

There are also a limited number of reduced-rate appointments available if cost is prohibitive (please call or email).

Printing and filling out the following forms before you come will save some time in the first appointment

Your rights
  1. You have the right to request information about your therapist's qualifications, credentials, experience, specialization and education.

  2. You have the right to obtain from another therapist a second opinion regarding the assessment and treatment plan developed to assist with your presenting problem.

  3. You have the right to ask for an alternative referral at any time.

  4. You have the right to inquire about fees for therapy, billing practices, insurance reimbursement, and other methods of payment.

  5. You have the right to terminate therapy when you have reached your goals or believe therapy is no longer necessary.

  6. You have the right to refuse the suggested intervention or treatment strategy indicated by your therapist.

  7. The frequency and duration of therapy depends on many factors. It is your right to be part of determining jointly with your therapist how long and often you will receive therapy.

  8. You have the right to renegotiate therapy as often as needed.

  9. You have the right to receive complete and accurate information regarding your diagnosis, treatment, risks and prognosis.

  10. While exploring personal issues and making life changes you might experience emotional pain, discomfort and anxiety. You have the right to decide what to talk about and work on in and out of therapy. Nevertheless, your active participation will have the greatest positive effect on the outcome of therapy.

  11. You have the right to confidentiality, unless you report to be in danger to yourself or others (Therapists must report to appropriate agencies if you are suicidal or homicidal). Limits also include misconduct of other mental health professionals, suspected abuse of children and vulnerable adults, prenatal exposure to controlled substances, court ordered reports, potential use of a collection agency, and insurance agencies. In these situations, there are limits to confidentiality.

  12. If you are a minor, you have the right to request that data about you be kept from your parents. This request must be in writing. The request must include reasons for withholding information from parents.

  13. If you are parent of a minor child, you have the right to access information unless a written request has been made by your child to deny access to information.

  14. You have a right to see your file.

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