Richard E. Schultz, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
Scheduling a Consultation

My first contact with new patients typically occurs by phone.  During a brief initial conversation, I will be most interested in learning about how I can help you, and why you are seeking assistance at this time.  During that time, I am also happy to answer any initial questions you may have about my practice.  I will also discuss with you the fee for treatment (and, if applicable, how to determine what portion of that may be covered by your insurance).  At that point, you may elect to schedule an initial meeting.

Our first meeting will typically last 80 to 90 minutes.  My agenda for this meeting is simple; I want to learn as much about your current life situation as possible, with a focus on the difficulties that have brought you in to treatment.  As time allows, we may gather additional life history and discuss potential methods for addressing your problems.  You will have an important job during this first meeting as well; to begin determining whether I am someone with whom you feel comfortable.  This is often a "gut" feeling that will tell you whether our collaboration will meet your needs.  It may take more than one meeting to gather this information, but I want you to know how much I respect your ability to make this assessment.  The research says that you will have a clearer sense of this than I, and that "goodness of fit" predicts positive therapeutic outcome.