If you would like to schedule an appointment with Jennifer, you can contact her by email or phone.
Once your appointment has been scheduled, Jennifer will email you a link to a client portal. This portal allows for secure (HIPPA compliant) communication. You will then be directed to make your own username and password. In the portal, you will be asked to fill out some basic information about yourself. You will also be sent an Intake Form, Informed Consent for Psychotherapy, and Notice of Privacy Practices. If you are able, we ask that you print, complete, and bring these items to your first session.If you are unable to access a printer, please notify Jennifer of this and arrive 15-20 minutes early so that you are able to complete this paperwork. Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right address or suite when visiting a new office. Please take this into consideration when planning for your first visit.
Your initial appointment is considered an intake/assessment and will be 50-60 minutes in length. During that time, there is a focus on gathering information about your past and present. If it is your child who will be coming in for therapy, the intake session is an important time to for guardian(s) to meet alone with Jennifer prior to the first appointment with your child. Your initial appointment might include a history of medical or mental health treatment, family history, social history, etc. Also during this time, you will be able to ask any questions you may have, assess whether or not Jennifer appears to be the right fit for you or your child, and begin to identify your therapy goals. For some people, their goals may be very specific. For others, it may just be for their symptoms or emotional pain to lessen. It is common to continue reviewing your history and treatment goals into the second (or third) session.
All sessions following are 50-60 minutes in length. Throughout the course of therapy, goals may shift as you make progress, or your awareness of your circumstances evolve. It is very important to see therapy as a partnership in which you can speak up if you find something helpful or not helpful. This should never be offensive to a therapist, but rather seen as valuable input to better meet your needs. Honest communication is key to a successful therapeutic relationship.