You can speak directly with a therapist of your choice or with our Intake Coordinator who will guide you to the therapist that best suits your style and needs.
We’ll be ready to schedule your first appointment at this time, but if you’d like to wait we’re happy to do so. You can choose to have an additional consultation with the therapist so that you feel confident with the decision.
Intake Forms and First Appointment
Please download and review the opening paperwork and fill out the New Client Form. This can be filled out online or printed and brought with you to the first appointment.
You and your therapist will develop and routinely review a treatment plan together so that you are confident that we are addressing your goals. This helps us keep therapy focused and assures that we are meeting your needs effectively.
We want to help make this work for you! Our pre-licensed staff offer a sliding scale. We also accept MediCal/Partnership Health Plan and can help you bill your insurance for Out Of Network Benefits. Additionally, most Health Savings Accounts/Health Reimbursement Accounts can be used to cover the cost of therapy.
You will be an active part of creating your treatment goals and we will assess progress together. An average treatment stay is between 6-8 months but this can vary greatly depending on goals, finances and personal choice. After we meet, we can give you a better idea. We will plan your time in therapy with you.
We want you to find the best avenue for support and change possible. We will share other appropriate resources with you that you can utilize outside of the office. We create a plan for therapy together and will check in often to make sure our time is worthwhile to you. Ultimately we want to help you make an informed decision. Give us a call, have a conversation, and see what you think!
Your child or teen knows when something isn’t going smoothly. They also might be relieved that help is on the way! You can explain counseling in developmentally appropriate language by saying something like: “When things are hard for you at home (or at school), sometimes it helps to have a special place to talk and play.”
Or you can be more specific: “I know this [divorce/move/loss] has been difficult for everyone and I want you to have a special person who will help you.”
Most importantly, let them know that they are not alone and that their opinion matters. This decision is one that you will make together. Many of our kids are hesitant and even scared that first visit but by the time they leave, they are already looking forward to coming back.
Some partners are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with therapy and feel that they will be ganged up on. Our therapists remain neutral and are on the side of the relationship, rather than one person. We are very approachable and want to make you both feel welcome. We suggest including your partner in choosing the therapist – show them websites and bios, have them on the call with you and then ask your partner to commit to three sessions with you. We believe that they will feel heard, understood, and be willing to continue.