Your First Visit
If you are getting ready for your first visit with Anne, you no doubt have many questions
We have created this page just for you to hopefully make things go as smooth as
Step #1 Intake
On your first visit you will need to complete two forms that provide Anne
with the basic information and consent required to provide therapy. It is best to download these
forms and complete them before your first appointment with Anne.
You may access these forms by clicking Intake Forms.
Once the forms are completed, please bring them with you.
*If you are unable to download or complete
these forms ahead of time, Anne will have them available for you when arriving for your first appointment. However,
please arrive 15 minutes early as to not take time from your therapy session.
Going anywhere for the first time can be stressful. Arriving late
because you had difficulty locating my office is even worse.
Go to Directions
for a Google Map and clear instructions to find my office.
Although you do not need to do anything to prepare for your first
appointment, it may make your visit less stressful.
You may have general questions like:
"How many sessions will I need?"
"Do I need a referral from a doctor to see a psychologist?"
Go to common
questions for the answers to these and many more of your questions.
If you would like to understand your health
insurance plan, EAPs or income tax deductions click here.
We are working on new section of the website called Self Help.
This section is designed to provide you with good resources such as books or other websites that might be helpful
for you. Go to Self Help if
you are interested in learning more.
|If you have never been to a psychologist before, you might be
wondering what therapy really is or what your first appointment will be like.
This is what a typical
therapy session is like...
Your therapist will welcome you and your
parent or guardian to your first session. During your first session, your therapist will talk with you and your
parent/guardian, explain confidentiality and its limits and he/she will ask questions and collect any required
forms. Therapy sessions usually last 50 to 60 minutes. It is important to have a parent, a family member,
or guardian with you as you begin therapy. Many unsolved problems involve family. Family members can also
provide a lot of support to you during your time in therapy.
In the beginning, your therapist will ask lots
of questions so he or she can understand the problems you are trying to solve. During this stage of therapy, your
therapist may or may not give you some psychological assessments to fill out. These assessments may be needed to
help you and your therapist understand the problems you are experiencing.
Your therapist will talk with you about what he or she thinks is wrong,
what approach may be taken to work on the problems, and will decide if any other family members or friends need to
be included in the therapy session.
One very important step in therapy is goal
setting. Your therapist will work with you to create your goals for therapy and help you to visualize what your
life will look like when you have reached those goals. Examples of goals may be, “feel happier about going to
school,” “feel more comfortable in social situations,” “feel more confident in talking to family,” or “going to
more school outings and feeling comfortable.”
In the therapy session you will talk about
your problem, learn skills to solve your problem, and decide what you will work on in the coming week or
two. You will also review your goals as you continue to work in your sessions to see if you are moving
closer to reaching them. Remember, solving problems takes time.
Remember...this is all about
I am here to help you. If you have any other
questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or even write them down and bring them with you to your
I look forward to meeting you!