Photo Credit: Kristi Jones

Photo Credit: Kristi Jones

I understand how significant it is to begin therapy. I value the opportunity to serve my clients and am excited every time they learn how to overcome their struggles and begin to enjoy healthier and happier lives.

I look forward to seeing you at your first session.

Before Your First Session

I invite you to download the intake paperwork at the bottom of this page prior to arriving to your first session. This ensures that your session will start on time and that I have all the information I need to create a confidential case file for you.

The intake paperwork includes a Consent Form that describes your professional relationship with me and tells you what you can expect in therapy, a Notice of Privacy Practices that informs you of the ways I keep your personal information confidential and secure, and a Client Intake form that I use to help get to know who you are. Instructions for filling out these forms are available below.

Your first appointment will last approximately one hour from the time you arrive to complete all necessary paperwork to the moment your session ends and we schedule your next appointment.  Because you will not be able to see me until you complete all necessary paperwork, arriving on time is critical. After you read, sign, and turn in all paperwork, we will have approximately 50 minutes to meet for our first session.

Your First Session

During your first session, you will have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have and I will tell you what you can expect as a client in my private practice. I will also ask you questions about your life, health, and relationship history, and will give you the opportunity to describe your reasons for coming to therapy.

By the end of your first session, you will have started a therapeutic process that has helped countless others achieve their goals by learning to overcome struggles, manage mental health issues, and strengthen their relationships. I admire your decision to begin therapy and am eager to work with you.

Evidence-Based Practice

I practice an evidence-based approach to therapy. This means my treatment plans for you are significantly influenced by scientific theory and research. I will ask you to contribute to this process by inviting you to complete brief questionnaires that let me know how you feel about your life in general, your relationships with others, and your experience in therapy. I use this information to track your progress and to inform my decisions as I try to help you reach your goals. I look forward to finding out what therapy can help you accomplish.

Intake Paperwork Instructions

Please read, complete, sign, and bring all of these forms with you to your first session.

Consent Form: Please read, initial, and sign this form. Be sure to notice that there is a separate page for parents to sign to give their consent for therapy with their child(ren).

Notice of Privacy Practices: Please read and sign this form. I recommend keeping a copy of this form for yourself for reference should you have questions about how I use and keep your personal information confidential and secure. I can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information I have about you. The new notice will be available online and upon request.

Client Intake: Providing me with as much information as you can on this form will help me to get to know you better. This form can be completed electronically or by hand. This form is also available as a Microsoft Word Document.