What do I bring to my first session?

First and foremost, show up and bring yourself! I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and learning about what you are looking to work on.  Practically speaking, please bring your insurance card (if applicable) and your medication list.  Also, if you have a copay or deductible, please bring a way to pay for it. 

If you are under 18, I will need you to come with a parent/guardian to your first appointment so that we can go through policies and expectations together. 

How do I know if I have a copay or deductible for my sessions?

It is your responsibility to call your insurance plan before our first appointment to see if you have a deductible or copay for outpatient mental health visits.   You can usually find the number for Behavioral Health on the back of your insurance card. So that there are no unwanted surprises, please don't assume that you have met your deductible without first confirming it. 

When should I arrive for my first session?

Before your first session only, please come 10-15 minutes in advance to fill out some paperwork that I will leave for you on a clipboard on the counter in the waiting room.  My office is on the fourth floor, suite 408. 

If you’ve already downloaded the registration packet off the website and filled it out, please bring the packet and come at the scheduled time.

What will we talk about at our first session?

We’ll go over the information in the registration packet and discuss office policies, and we’ll talk about what’s bringing you to therapy at this moment and get a sense of what you want to work on.  I’ll also be asking you questions about your background and history so that I can gain a fuller understanding of you as a person.

The first few sessions are also a chance for you to meet me and see what it’s like to work with me.  Pay attention to and listen to how you feel.  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or bring up concerns that you have.  I want you to feel comfortable giving me feedback and I welcome it throughout our time together, as open communication will allow us to work together more effectively.