Every child’s first visit is a detailed initial assessment

  • The initial assessment is an opportunity for you to provide information about your child and for us to learn about your child.

Our first visit is usually two hours, one hour spent with the child and one hour with the parents. Since the parents often meet alone with the treating physician, for your convenience, we are able to do this over two individual appointments – one with your child present, one with only the parents.

The severity of your child’s symptoms will guide the appropriate type, length, and frequency of follow-up visits. Since treatment often includes a team approach – individual or family therapy, recommended programs, or parent resources may be provided.

You will be asked to do one or all of the following:

Participate in a life history interview – your child’s birth to present

Help us understand what brought you in as well as considerations for treatment

Work with us to develop your child’s individualized treatment plan


Print, sign & bring the following with you:

PATIENT PORTAL (Complete at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment): Within the portal, you’ll find the opportunity to provide a medical history about your child, including their medication history, previous & current treating physicians, and family history. You’ll also be asked to fill out standard rating scales that will help you document your concerns. For children over twelve years of age, we also include a self rating form.

PATIENT INFORMATION & AGREEMENT: An overview of the practice policies & how we’ll proceed as we treat your child.

HIPAA NOTICE & CONSENT: An overview of how your medical information may be used and disclosed. You will need to sign the consent form to acknowledge your receipt of these privacy practices.

EMAIL CONSENT: This document outlines when and how email should be utilized to maintain your privacy and to enhance communication as well as your acknowledgement & consent to do so. This is voluntary.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: Please also bring with you any reports from teachers, doctors, or other mental health professionals you might have currently treating or those that have recently treated your child. This could include IEPs, recent hospital discharge forms, psychological evaluations, pediatrician reports, or anything else you feel is relevant.