New To Your Couples Therapist?
"When there are kids involved, there's no such thing as divorce." - Carl Whitaker
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Your Couples Therapist welcomes new clients. Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is an important decision that can have real impacts on your health and well-being. By choosing Your Couples Therapist, you can feel confident that you have chosen to work with a therapist who is dedicated to his profession. To understand what to expect on your first visit, please read through this page.
I work to build strong relationships with my clients by consistently providing those I serve with respect, a non-judgmental stance, and an openness to work together to better understand what is causing distress.
My commitment to my clients involves:
Where We Are Located
My practice is located in Bethesda, MD a short walk from Bethesda Metro. Our suite is on the second floor above PNC Bank. Metered parking is available on Pearl St just outside the building, or in the Waverly Garage. When you arrive at the office for your first appointment, please keep in mind that I may be in session, in which case feel free to have a seat in the waiting room and I will be with you shortly. A few things to remember:
- Please help yourself to water in the waiting room.
- Referrals are always welcome. The highest compliment a client can give is to refer someone to me.
- From time to time throughout your treatment I will provide you with a Feedback Survey. Your feedback is always appreciated and helps to better inform me as to how I conduct therapy with individuals, couples, and families just like you.
What to Bring on Your First Visit
Please complete the following forms before your first appointment. This will ensure that your time during your first session is spent entirely talking about your most important concerns.
On your first visit the following New Client forms are required:
- Nature of Confidentiality form - as a psychotherapist, I have an ethical obligation to protect your confidentiality. I am also required by law to reveal certain information obtained during therapy. This document outlines those circumstances in which disclosure is required by law.
- Financial Agreement form - This form gives a breakdown of the fee schedule my practice uses. This also gives me permission to bill you electronically on a credit card, and enables us to forego exchanging payment manually at the end of each session.
- Practice Acknowledgment form - Before you can be seen by me, you must read through all of the Practice's Policies (see below).
- Couples Confidentiality form - Only complete this form if you are scheduled for couples therapy or premarital counseling.
Each partner must fill out his or her own Intake form.
- For your convenience, the Intake form can be filled out online before the date of your appointment. This form is secured by Google and is HIPAA compliant.
For Families Only
If you are scheduled for family counseling, when filling out the paperwork please list the name and contact information of one or both parents. Minors need the signature(s) of their parent(s); children 16 and older can sign on behalf of themselves.
It is your responsibility to read and download a copy of the following forms for your records.
IMPORTANT: By signing our Practice Acknowledgement form you are acknowledging that you have read and received a copy of the practice's New Client forms AND the following four (4) policy notices:
Notice of Privacy Practices
Social Media Policy
If you have questions about anything on my forms or you are not sure how to answer a question, please let me know. If you are paying by cash or check, payment is collected at the end of the session, which will end promptly after 50 minutes (or 90 minutes). If you have authorized electronic payment via a credit or debit card, you will be billed outside of your session time. Let me know if you need a copy of the statement of services for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
If you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend visiting these other pages before scheduling a therapy session