What happens in the first session?
Upon your arrival to the office, Mike will provide you with legal documents to be completed. These forms include a basic client information sheet, Statement of Client Rights (addressing your confidentiality) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act).
After the forms are completed, Mike will provide a thorough assessment to obtain information from you such as current symptoms, history of presenting problem, history of treatment, health information and medication, alcohol/substance abuse history, current stressors and family information. From there, you and Mike will discuss treatment goals. If there is an indication that symptoms are more clinical in nature rather than situational, a referral for a psychiatric evaluation may be suggested.