What are the steps to take in order to be a client in my practice?
I prefer to speak to individuals or both partners by phone prior to setting up an appointment. I try to allow 10-15 minutes for these calls so both you, the prospective client(s), and myself can gauge fit; whether our schedules fit, our comfort level with each other and whether I can meet your needs. Then based on the call, I craft an email (to clients being seen as individuals or to both partners who are seeking couple’s counseling) where I include the paperwork I require, concepts to consider and homework to complete specific to you, prior to our first session. Generally the first session takes place a week after the initial screening call. By approaching the first appointment in this way, I have found that therapy can and often does begin right away in the first session.
What about payment for services?
My Private Practice is located in the Counseling Center of Iowa City office. I accept many insurances and private pay.
Once we have decided that we are a good fit and that you want to work together my assumption is that you are committed to weekly or, in some cases, biweekly therapy session. Once we decide that we are a good fit, I make an agreement with you that I will attend our appointments. I expect that since you are committed to feeling less pain and working on things that are not working in your life that you are agreeing to be there as well. I am aware that sometimes things come up that are out of your control and you need to cancel or change an appointment. Just be sure you give at least a 24 hours advance notice. It will save you having to pay my hourly fee for late cancellations and no shows.
Individuals and Couples
This is a link to an Intake form that I would like you to fill out before you come in for the first session. It will save us time in our first session so that we can get right to work. It would work best if you could print it, fill it out and bring it into the first session.