The first appointment

 

At the first appointment we will discuss your needs and concerns, and I will try to develop an understanding of the problems you would like to address.  I will ask you detailed questions about the nature and duration of the problem, about aspects of your mental state, your psychiatric, medical and personal history, and your lifestyle.  I may also ask you to complete some questionnaires at home to get a detailed picture of your difficulties.

At the end of the first appointment we can discuss the number and frequency of treatment sessions required to help you.  A course of 8-20 sessions is common, but there are exceptions to the rule.  It is possible that we will continue the assessment at the second session; however, we will have agreed on what course of action to take at the end of the first session.

All information that you provide is strictly confidential.