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The Mendelow Psychology Project

Psychotherapy

Initial Consultation

The process begins with a free phone consultation. You may contact me by telephone or email to arrange a time for us to speak. When we talk on the phone for the first time, I will ask you a few questions about yourself, and you will have the opportunity to ask me questions as well. We will also discuss two practical matters. One involves the fee and whether I will be covered by your insurance. The other is finding a convenient time to meet.

Our first few in-person meetings will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will offer you some first impressions and recommendations. Through this process, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your goals. My approach to consultation and psychotherapy calls for an active effort and ongoing commitment from each of us. It is important for us to maintain an open dialogue with each other about all aspects of our work together as it progresses. If you have any questions regarding my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise.

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One question that many people ask upon starting therapy is how long the process will last. This is not a simple question to answer because it depends on several factors, including the attributes of each individual, the nature of his or her current difficulties, and the specific goals being addressed.

Some people whose problems begin very abruptly respond well to brief interventions, whereas therapy may take longer for people whose difficulties have been more long-standing. Regardless of how long therapy takes, my approach is for us to work closely together to determine what we are working toward and how we will get there.

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