Session 1

The purpose of our first meeting together will be determine if the services that Dr. Bernstein is able to provide meet your needs.  This is a joint decision — working with a psychologist is a joint endeavour–both members of the “team” need to feel comfortable that there is a good match between the psychologist’s skill set and personality and that of the client.

Our first session will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.

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