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How to Begin Telephone Therapy

Telephone Therapy is available in two formats: short consultations and indepth psychotherapy sessions. For those who want a quick answer or immediate advice to a problem, then either a 15 minute or 30 minute consultation will suffice. Consultations do not require the submission of an autobiography.
Indepth psychotherapy sessions via Telephone Therapy delve deeper to the root of the problem and range in length from 60 minutes to two hours, depending on the time needed. An autobiography is required and preferred, and it speeds up the process of therapy at the onset. Providing an autobiography is more cost effective, as your first session is not spent in gathering data and family history. (** See below.)
All sessions are prepaid prior to the appointment day. Additional follow-up consultations and/or sessions are available and sometimes recommended.

Appointments
 
Scheduling an Appointment
 
Appointments are to be scheduled and paid in advance. On the day of your appointment you will call our office at the scheduled time - no sooner or later. Remember, your session begins at that time. If you are late, that part of your session time will be lost. If you need to reschedule, we require a 24 hour cancellation notice.

Before Entering Therapy

An Initial Autobiography is Required
 
Before entering therapy, a provide a brief autobiography is necessary. This screening tool provides us with an excellent opportunity to study your circumstances before your first session and get right to the point - saving you time and money (see below). Please mail or email the document so that it is received prior to your first session.
On paper, please describe in as much detail as possible:

  • Tell why you are seeking help at this time of your life.
  • Describe yourself, your family and present life situation.
  • Give as much detail as you can concerning the circumstances surrounding childhood, your birth, medical issues; where you were born and raised; important relationships such as parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.
  • Include your childhood, teenage and adult years - with its love relationships, engagements, marriages, breakups, divorces, deaths, losses and gains.
  • If difficulties concern a minor or significant other living at home with you, please include as much information about that person too. When did the behavior begin? Were there any events in his/her life that triggered its onset?
  • Give a brief occupational history and include descriptions concerning moods, anxiety and personality. Also include data concerning alcohol and substance abuse, smoking, and medications that you are presently taking.
  • Give a description of your cultural and spiritual background and history, if any. What religion?

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GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELING
 
Counseling and psychotherapy occur within a human relationship which is close and intimate, and yet which also needs to be professional in order to be therapeutic. I have found that keeping professional boundaries clear will help to facilitate your therapy. To optimize the therapeutic relationship I have developed the following guidelines for all of my patients.
 
Appointments
 
I ask your cooperation in making and keeping your appointments.

  • When, after the initial consultation, you decide to engage in continuous psychotherapy, I will negotiate an appointment time with you which will allow you to have your sessions on the same day and hour of each week. This time will be reserved exclusively for you.
  • I expect you to be responsible for making and keeping your appointments. Your appointment begins and ends at a specific time. Any lateness will shorten your session accordingly. Should You cancel or postpone your appointment without a minimuim or a twenty-four (24) hour notification, you will be charged the full fee. This is inclusive of all circumstances except extreme emergencies.

 
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