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Before your first appointment

You are strongly encouraged to contact your insurance company before your first appointment to determine your benefits. If you need assistance with any of this information, please let us know.

Scheduling an appointment

Contact our office staff at 608-835-5050 for all appointments. You will be asked for your contact information, your insurance information and the reason you are seeking therapy for yourself or a family member. Our front office staff will verify your insurance benefits, and match you with the therapist who can best address your concerns. You will be contacted to inform you of your first appointment time and what your fiancial responsibility is for your care.  When coming to your first appointement, please bring:

  • your insurance card(s)

  • primary care provider name, address and phone number

  • your psychiatrist’s name, address and phone number if you have one

  • a list of any medications you have used to treat the presenting problem and any other psychiatric problems

Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete a number of forms required by the clinic during your first session. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.  These forms define your Clients Rights as a consumer of psychotherapy, identify goals for treatment, clarify fees charged to you and/or your insurance company, grant your permission to provide protected information to your insurance company for billing purposes, define HIPAA procedures, and get your permission to release and/or obtain confidential information to other professionals you have who are involved in your care, as well as family members, if deemed appropriate.  All of these forms will be reviewed with you and your therapist.  If you would like to fill out forms before arrival please find at the link to the right.

At your first appointment, you will meet with your therapist for an initial assessment.  You will be asked about your medical history, past mental health treatment history and outcomes (if any), family dynamics, and a variety of other questions so your therapist gets a complete and accurate view of some of the challenges you are facing at this time.  In addition to providing your therapist with information about you, your goals, and your presenting problem(s), the first appointment is also a time to determine if there is a good fit between you and your therapist. A good therapeutic relationship starts during the first meeting, and we believe that a good fit is essential to successful treatment.

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