If you are visiting the Campbell Psychological Services website in search of a therapist, you may be wondering, “What happens next?” This page provides an overview of what to expect. We hope it will put you at ease.
INITIAL PHONE CALL
Finding a therapist who is the “right fit” is important. While therapy isn’t always easy, you should feel comfortable with your child’s therapist and confident in his or her ability to help. It is also important that the therapist has experience with the concerns that are bringing you to therapy. When you call, our Client Care Coordinator, Christine, will ask a few questions about your concerns and what you are looking for (e.g., therapy or evaluation). You can ask any questions you might have. If one of our therapists is a good match for your child’s needs, Christine will schedule your first appointment. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message with your name and number and let us know the best times to reach you. We do our best to return calls within one business day.
BEFORE THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
Before your child’s first appointment, you’ll also need to read, complete, and sign a few forms. These forms can be sent to you through our on-line Client Portal before your appointment or you can arrive early to complete them. You may also print them off at home.
If you are divorced and/or have shared legal custody, we will need to contact your child’s other parent/guardian for consent. This is required by law. Families currently involved in court proceedings or custody disputes will need to sign a Therapy Agreement for Court-Involved Families.
You can find directions to our office and parking information on our website. When you enter the building, walk straight through the foyer to the door marked “Waiting Room.” We do not have a receptionist; please make yourself comfortable and your therapist will come to the waiting room to greet you at your scheduled appointment time. If you have come early to complete forms, you’ll find a clipboard marked Campbell Psychological Services in the waiting room.
During your first appointment, a few things will happen:
- Your therapist will review with you the forms that you’ve signed and you can ask any questions you might have about them.
- Your therapist will begin an initial assessment. This is a just another way of saying your therapist will want to learn more about the reasons you are coming in, your child, and your family’s life in general. The better your therapist understands your concerns and your family, the better he or she will be able to formulate a plan to help.
- Your therapist will spend some time with both you and with your child. Depending on your child’s comfort level and age, your therapist may meet with you all together or separately.
- You and/or your child may be asked to complete a few symptom checklists. This provides helpful information to your therapist and, over time, symptom checklists are useful tools for evaluating your child’s progress.
If you are using insurance, please bring your insurance card.
After two to three appointments, your therapist will work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that outlines goals for therapy and a plan to meet them.
We want you to feel comfortable and informed, so please ask us any questions you might have along the way.