How do I set up my first appointment? Before we bring you in for a formal intake evaluation, we will conduct a brief 15 minute screening over the phone (free of cost) to determine if our services are the right match for your needs. You can either call us at 202-768-6494 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a call.
What will my first session look like? At the first session you will be given information regarding the confidentiality of sessions, you will fill out a HIPPA form, release of information form, and an agreement to participate in outpatient clinical services. You and/or your child will be asked several clinical questions regarding the concerns that led you to seek treatment. The clinician will discuss their diagnostic impressions and recommendations for treatment. If you determine that our course of recommended treatment is not a good fit for you, we are happy to provide you with other local referrals.
How long are my individual appointments AND how long will treatment last? A typical appointment is 45 minutes in length. Depending on your clinical needs, we also offer a 60 minute, individual session. Additionally, sessions can be more than once a week, if clinically appropriate. Please check with your insurance company prior to sessions beginning to check for "out of network" benefits.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment that is geared to be short-term in duration. The average duration of treatment is approximately 3-5 months of weekly appointments. However, some patients conclude before this duration, and some, depending on level of complexity and need, require longer-term treatment. We are flexible in our approach with our patients and we use empirical measures to evaluate progress in treatment.
Where can I find other sources of information on the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders? We recommend the Anxiety and Depression Association of American at www.adaa.org and The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies at www.abct.org