Consultation / Evaluation
The purpose of a consultation is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s difficulties, a diagnosis and a recommended treatment plan. Consultations generally require my meeting with the patient two or three times, after which I share my understanding of his or her difficulties and recommendations for treatment. It is my practice to precede the start of all psychotherapeutic work with a consultation. If I have time available for new patients, I will make this clear prior to the first consultation meeting. If the patient is seeking a second opinion, I will, with the patient’s consent, share my findings with the referring doctor or the patient’s therapist.