What to Expect
Individuals seeking a consultation or therapy can expect to meet with me at my office in Cleveland Heights two or more times to discuss the history and current status of their concerns before a treatment recommendation is made. That recommendation might include supportive counseling, psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, couples counseling, or further evaluation. Therapy, if recommended, could involve brief counseling or a longer course of work, depending on your needs and goals.
Each patient, or client, is considered individually; no formulas for treatment are implemented because it is my firm belief that people are best treated first as individuals rather than members of a diagnostic class.
In most cases, patients will have a regular, standing appointment at my office that will be weekly, or more frequently in the case of more intensive therapy. Appointments typically start on the hour and last 45-55 minutes. Regular, frequent appointments not only make the availability of sessions predictable, but also promote engagement in therapy and enhance the opportunity to address concerns.
Either before or during the first visit, you will be asked to sign a Psychotherapist-Patient Services Agreement that describes my policies, including privacy and confidentiality, fees, billing, and insurance accepted, my contact information, and patient rights and responsibilities. Minors under the age of 18 will be required to provide their parent or guardian’s acceptance of the service agreement.