Diagnostic Interview for Child/ Adolescent Assessment: During the first appointment for a child or adolescent assessment, the psychologist will meet with parents or guardians to explain the process for testing and confidentiality. You will review the reasons for testing and background information about your child. You can bring school record, medical records, and any prior assessments that have been conducted. Together you will make a plan for testing and discuss the cost.
Diagnostic Interview for Adult Assessment: During the first appointment for an adult assessment, the psychologist will explain the process for testing and limits of confidentiality. You can share the reasons you are seeking testing, such as wanting to better understand your life, to clarify possible diagnoses such as ADHD, or to collect information about getting accommodations on high stakes tests or in college. The psychologist will gather information about your life history and current situation. Together you will make a plan for testing and discuss the costs.
Diagnostic Interview for Psychotherapy (Counseling): During the first appointment for adult psychotherapy, the counselor will explain the process of therapy, limits of confidentiality, and what to expect from the process. You will discuss your goals for therapy and what you would like to change. Together you can decide if you are a good fit to work together.
During the first appointment for child/ adolescent psychotherapy, the counselor will meet with you. For children and adolescents ages 12 and above, it is helpful for them to come to the first meeting to meet the counselor as well. You can share reasons you are seeking support and make a plan for treatment.