358 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725 | (631) 543-8336
For individuals or families new to my practice, I typically conduct an evaluation of four sessions to develop a treatment plan to address the presenting problems efficiently.
I spend about 15 minutes introducing myself and how I work. We discuss the limits of confidentiality, how to reach me in an emergency, and how to engage any other persons who may be involved in the treatment process. For families, the next 30 minutes are with the parent(s) and child together discussing present as well as any past history. The remaining 45 minutes are alone with the individual adult referral, or adolescent, and then with the family together again.
I spend this session alone with the young adult or the adult client. I learn more about how he/she sees the world, thinks and interprets situations, and expresses feelings. We also discuss what is valued in life and how to get closer to these values. We do an overview of treatment strategies and discuss the personality assessment which will take place during the third session.
Parents are seen alone, while the youth completes a series of paper-and-pencil questionnaires. Adults complete this assessment immediately after a regular session. Some of these assessments may include one of the Millon Clinical Inventories, the Personal Problems Checklist, the Behavior Assessment Scales – Third edition, or some other relevant surveys or checklists. Some of these will have a fee attached and some will not.
Adult referrals, or family referrals are seen together OR the parent(s) and child are seen separately for a discussion of the outcomes and recommendations based on the sessions we have held.
Note that during the first three evaluation sessions, we discuss the type of treatment approach which might work best as well as the frequency of visits. Clients may reduce the frequency of visits by demonstrating positive behavior change. Not all clients require weekly psychotherapy visits, and I encourage all of those I work with to empower themselves to become an active, rather than a passive participant in their treatment sessions.