Welcome to my practice. Psychotherapy can be an important addition to your life. It is not easily described in general terms and varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and the client as well as the particular problems being experienced. There are many different methods and techniques that can be used and it does call for an active effort on your part. Individuals who are most satisfied with their outcome are those who have been actively involved in designing their treatment.
You will be asked about your goals:
- what you would like to change
- what you would like to accomplish
- how will you know when things are changing
- how will you know when your treatment is complete
Therapy requires a cooperative, positive therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist. I realize that not all clients will benefit from working with me and that not all clients will choose to work with me. If the relationship does not feel like a good fit for either of us, or if I feel that I cannot help using the techniques and methods available in my practice, I will refer you to another provider who may be more helpful to you.
Our initial meeting typically lasts between 1-1/2 to 2 hours. During that time, we can decide if we would like to work together. Ongoing psychotherapy sessions are generally scheduled for 45 minutes once per week. LENS treatments can be scheduled as an individual session or during the LENS CLINIC HOURS.
All business details (payment, scheduling your next appointment, etc.) will be completed at the beginning of your session. This will allow us to focus on your treatment for the remainder of the time. If you are late for your appointment the time, we will work together for the remainder of your scheduled time. Time will not be added to the end of your session as it would then disrupt the next scheduled client's session.
Your scheduled appointment time is reserved for you. Once an appointment hour is scheduled you will be expected to pay for your session unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. It is recognized that there are times that you may be unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control which we will discuss and make adjustments to this policy if warranted. In the event of frequent cancellations or not showing for scheduled appointments, services may be discontinued.
On snow days please use your judgment as to whether you feel safe to drive to your appointment. You can call the office phone (614) 553-7815 to learn if the office will be closed due to poor road conditions.
Due to my work schedule, I am often not immediately available by telephone. While I am usually in the office between 9 am and 6 pm, I do not answer the phone when I am with a client. When I am unavailable, my telephone is answered by voice mail. I will make every effort to return your call on the same day with the exception of weekends and holidays. If you are difficult to reach, please inform me of some times when you will be available. If you are unable to reach me and feel that you can't wait for me to return your call, contact your family physician or the nearest emergency room. If I will be unavailable for an extended time, I will provide you with the name of a colleague to contact if necessary.
Many people prefer to use text messaging and email contact. Because the security of these services cannot be guaranteed, I request that the use of these services be limited to scheduling appointments.
I received my Doctorate of Professional Psychology from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1995. I am a Licensed Psychologist in both Ohio and North Carolina.
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our work, please let me know immediately. It will make our working together slower and more difficult if issues are not resolved. Like all health care professionals, I have an ethical responsibility to answer professional questions that you raise. I fully abide by the Ethical Standards of the American Psychological Association, the Ohio State Psychology Board, and the North Carolina Psychology Board.
I routinely complete continuing educational classes to assure that I am knowledgeable in the areas o fmy practice and to meet the requirements of both the Ohio and North Carolina Psychology Boards. At times I may seek consultation with another practitioner who has additional expertise relating to a particular problem or issue.