Services

How I Begin  — Working  For  and  With  a  New Person,  when we first meet

Below are the problems listed on my intake form.  These lists contain most of the symptoms which should be considered during a first session.  (I am always looking for new items which should be added to these lists.)  I also ask about peoples’ routine habits of sleep, diet, and physical health, and about medicines or drugs which my clients are taking, or have taken.  I want to know what people have found helpful, or not helpful.

It is my habit to take long enough during this meeting, for both my client and me  to come to a meaningful understanding of the problem(s), so that we can begin to deal with it.  I do not like to have the first session end without the client being able to see a way forward.

I have found it useful to use these lists to group problems into different types, which are given by the top items of the columns.   It is important for me to consider all of the items which cause or contribute to my clients’ problems, even though a person may come to see me for only one or two specific issues.   The less important problems are valuable indicators of what kind of treatment plan is likely to be helpful.

As my business name implies, I have had extensive experience with urgent problems and difficult situations.  Much of that experience has involved working cooperatively with my clients’ physicians, as it has become well known that medications can be very helpful, and are frequently invaluable with many of the problems which bring people to see me.

My intention as a psychologist is to provide a full range of psychological services, for problems such as PTSD and severe anxiety, and also  including psychotherapy and counselling,  assistance with marriage and parent-child relationships, and various kinds of assessments such as those related to school problems or legal problems.

Mental Self-Control
Sleep Problems
Memory
Mental Energy
Concentration
Assertiveness
Learning Problems
Appetite
Compulsions
Attention Deficit
Decision Making
Impulsivity
Aggression
Crying Episodes
Flashbacks
Suicidal Thoughts
Nightmares
Visions
Voices
Hyperactivity
Intrusive Images
Tantrums
Low Self-Esteem
Fatigue
Unwanted Feelings
Nervousness / Anxiety
Grief
Fear of Failure
Remorse
Anger or Rage
Disliking my own body
Boredom
Depression
Bad Temper
Guilt or Self-Blame
Intense Dreams
Mood Swings
Dizziness
Dread  (of Death?)
Déjà vu
Premonitions
PTSD
Episodes of Nausea
Panic or Phobias
Dissociation
Road Rage
Post-Traumatic Stress
Shyness
Bad Luck / Bad Habits
Health Problems
Legal Matters
Physical Pain
Loss of Employment
Self-Harm or Risk Taking
Career Choice
Reactions to Medicines
Computer Overuse
Trauma
Disability
Pregnancy
Stubbornness
Immaturity
Sexual Issues
Eating Disorders
Head Injury
Craving for sweets
Drug Use or Abuse
Alcohol Use or Abuse
Headaches / Migraine
Gambling
PMS / Hormone Problems
Epilepsy
People problems
Loneliness
Dating
Separation or Divorce
Childhood issues
Issues re Adoption
Bullying / Being Bullied
Marriage
Partner’s Family
Friends or Peers
Parenting
Loss of Relationship
Children’s Problems
Blended Families
School Problems
Workplace issues
Dislike of Doctors
Sexual orientation
Financial Problems
Enemies
Religious Faith / Doubt
Constant Frustration
Pornography
Secrets to tell later

These lists have been revised  many times over the years, and I welcome suggestions of new items.