Getting Started

Getting started can seem like a daunting task. It does not have to be, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation or request an appointment online. Please leave me a brief message with your full name, contact details and best time to call you back, reason for seeking therapy, type of insurance plan, and preferred appointment time.

Step 2: For insurance clients, I will contact you within 48 hours to collect your insurance information so that I can verify that your insurance plan will cover therapy and can let you know prior to getting started what your co-payment or co-insurance and/deductible will be. For cash/private pay clients, I will contact you within 48 hours to confirm your appointment.

Step 3: Once scheduled, I will email you an encrypted link with a copy of the following forms for you to read prior to our first meeting: 1) Consent to Treatment, 2) HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice, 3) Financial Information. The secure link will also contain an Intake form for you to complete.

Step 4: At our first meeting I will be collecting in depth information about the presenting problems that bring you to therapy and conducting a diagnostic evaluation. I might also ask you to complete an evidence-based behavioral health screening test to measure the frequency, intensity, and severity of your reported symptoms.

Step 5: Our first 3 sessions involves an evaluation of your needs, providing you with my first impressions of what might be going on for you and a treatment plan to follow. This is also the time for the both of us to decide whether I am a good match for providing the services that you require for yourself, your child or family.

Step 6: If you decide to continue with me in therapy, you will be expected to attend a 50 minute session every week at a time that we both agree upon. Please note that this appointment time will be reserved for you every single week. In some cases, session frequency may be less or more, depending on the severity of presenting symptoms.

Step 7: Discussions about treatment progress, discharge planning, and termination of treatment is an ongoing process. Graduation from therapy usually takes place upon meeting your treatment goals.

In order to get the most benefit out of coming to therapy, it is important that you attend your regular scheduled appointment consistently. I look forward to working with you and being part of your journey.

 

 



672 W. 11th Street, Suite 100
Tracy, CA 95376

cspeed@drspeedincpsychotherapy.com
(209) 834-4302
Fax: 209-225-2260

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