For many people, an initial consultation to determine whether or not a particular health care provider is likely to be a good fit for them can be an important step in their journey towards improved health and well-being. Consequently, I suggest you consider your initial appointment to be a time for us to meet and decide if it makes sense for us to work together. These appointments are usually 30 to 50 minutes in length and involve a conversation about what you are looking for, an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you might have about my work, and if you would like, any suggestions I might have to help you find the best fit for your needs.
If we both feel we are a good fit, we will decide together on our next step, usually either scheduling an appointment for a first session or an initial assessment. (Initial assessments are designed to help us in your treatment planning.) Both my experience, and continued careful reviews of the research literature in my field, have convinced me that successful outcomes are dependent on our developing a good working relationship, on my learning enough about you to be able to make good treatment planning recommendations to you, and on your participation.
If you elect to begin with an initial assessment, at the appointment following your assessment we will review the results and I will ask for your feedback. Together we will develop a treatment plan or talk about other referrals if the assessment suggests I would not be able to offer you the services you need or desire or if we do not think we would be able to work well together.
Most people see some improvements in twelve to twenty weeks. If we do not see improvements within that time frame we will need to change our approach or I will assist you with a referral to another practitioner to help you get the services you need or want. I will be happy to see you for as many sessions as you would like provided that you are continuing to progress.
D. Nierenberg, Ph.D., BCB Copyright June, 2007 Rev. May 2020