Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE YOUR OFFICE HOURS?
By Appointment Only:
Monday - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST SESSION?
For children and adolescents, the initial appointment is a PARENT ONLY session and is an opportunity to gather information and set goals for therapy. I will be asking a lot of questions about the circumstances for which you are seeking treatment, symptoms, how long the problem has been occurring, and other information I may
need to know in order to work with you and/or your child. For adults, the initial session will involve a similar process of obtaining information about the issues of concern and determining goals for therapy. The initial appointment is also an opportunity to get clarification on confidentiality and the counseling process, and to ask me any questions you may have.
HOW OFTEN IS THERAPY AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Ideally, I like to meet with clients once a week to develop rapport and begin working on the issues of concern. Sometimes work or school schedules, transportation difficulties, or financial concerns may affect the ability to meet weekly. I will work with each family to determine the best course of action. The duration of therapy depends on a number of factors including severity of the problem, family support, multiple diagnoses, motivation for change, and complexity of traumas. Everyone is different and their circumstances vary. There is no “cookie cutter approach” or set number of sessions that is guaranteed to work for everyone. Some clients show significant improvement in just a few sessions, while others may be in therapy for a year or longer. Even after termination, some individuals return from time to time for maintenance. Although bringing a therapeutic relationship to a close is sometimes difficult, therapy is not designed to last forever.
DO YOU PROVIDE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?
No. Clinical Psychologist and Neuro-Psychologist are trained to perform in-depth psychological testing for a variety of issues including ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism. This usually involves a series of clinical interviews and behavior checklists to be completed by parents and teachers. I will work with you and your child to determine if they need testing and make the necessary referrals.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
No. Medication can only be prescribed by a Medical Doctor (MD). This may be a primary care physician, pediatrician, or a child psychiatrist who specializes in mental health medications for children. If I feel that medication may be helpful to you or your child, I will help you explore your medical treatment options and coordinate services with your physician if you give me permission to do so.