I typically set aside 90 minutes for our initial session. You will be asked to arrive early and complete brief paperwork prior to this appointment. You may also download the forms here and bring them to your appointment. Please also bring your insurance card (if you plan to use insurance) and your photo ID. The intake session provides an opportunity to:
- Explore the concern(s) that brought you to therapy
- Clarify what you hope to gain from therapy
- Determine if my services are appropriate for your needs
- See if you are comfortable working with me
- Discuss the therapy process and my approach to therapy
- Learn about my office policies, procedures, privacy and confidentiality
While I usually recommend ongoing weekly sessions, we may determine meeting more frequently or less frequently best meets your needs. To assure you an appointment time that consistently fits your schedule I will provide you with a “standing” or regular appointment time set aside for you each week. This appointment time is held exclusively for you every week.
If we determine we are not a good “fit” and that your goals and needs would be better addressed with another clinician, I will gladly provide you with three referrals to my Austin colleagues.
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Consultation and Training
Both in research and clinical practice, I have demonstrated strong passion for cognitive theory and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have sought specialized training in CBT, including training workshops at The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Should your organization be interested in specialized training in CBT, I will customize a curriculum program for your group. I am also available for individual case consultation with mental health professionals seeking guidance with CBT approaches.