358 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Commack, NY 11725 | (631) 543-8336
For individuals or families new to my practice, I typically conduct an evaluation of three sessions to develop a treatment plan that addresses the presenting problem(s) efficiently.
I spend some time introducing myself, how I work, and getting a "snapshot" of the reasons for your seeking my services. 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. Instructions for an online personality assessment are provided, with additional assessments as needed.
I spend this session alone with the young adult or the adult client. I learn more about how he/she/they sees their 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 assessment(s) completed after the first session.
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 and assessment(s) we have completed this far.
Note that during the 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.