New Client Forms
- Please read, sign and return the Office Policies sheet as well as print and keep a copy for yourself:
- Print the appropriate intake sheet (adult, child or couple), fill it out and bring it with you to your appointment:
- Finally review the Health Information Privacy Act statement and print, sign and bring to your appointment the form acknowledging that you have read this information:
Please review the FAQs listed below and contact me with any other questions.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF SEEING A PSYCHOANALYST FOR INDIVIDUAL THERAPY, COUPLES THERAPY, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND CONSULTATION TO MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS?
Psychoanalysts train first as psychotherapists in a number of disciplines, like psychology, psychiatry, and social work. This is followed by a second, more specialized, training to become a psychoanalyst or a specialist. It’s usually a minimum of 5 years following a doctoral degree in psychology. The advanced training required to become a psychoanalyst is the most selective, rigorous and comprehensive clinical education that a mental health practitioner can undertake.
The training provides the clinician with the most complex understanding of human nature, including their behaviors and emotions, their relationship patterns, and understanding of how their development has impacted their lives. The training enhances the quality of a clinician’s knowledge and skills. You will benefit from my training whether you choose individual therapy, couples therapy, psychoanalysis or professional consultation.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION AND HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
Sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long. Treatment duration varies according to each individual’s needs, personal situation, and nature of their problems. Long-standing problems often require longer therapy.
Longer therapy. A desire to be in longer term therapy often emerges from having a successful experience or benefits from being in a previous psychotherapy. They may have a desire to go deeper into their problems and continue to understand more about themselves.
WHAT IF MEDICATION IS NEEDED?
Together we will discuss and determine if medication is needed at the beginning of treatment. I tend to refer to colleagues who are psychiatrists.
FEES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION
I provide services on a fee for services basis. I also accept health savings account (HSA) through your employer and a few insurance plans. Insurance typically does not pay for couples therapy. As a courtesy my billing service MHP Services (Vickie Kupel), will bill your insurance. If you prefer more intensive treatment (3 or more times a week) a reduced fee may be possible depending on your income.
Please contact me before treatment if you have questions about my fees.