If you are a new patient, please use our Patient Portal to schedule your initial appointment. You may also call our office at 256-489-1583 or contact us us through email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or clinicians. Please note that emailed communication may result in a faster response time.
We recognize that coming to see a counselor for the first time is often scary and uncomfortable. We will do our very best to make this as easy for you as possible! The initial appointments are intended to simply familiarize your clinician with current concerns and goals, to better treatment plan your therapy or testing. This is nothing more than a conversation and we hope to make the session as comfortable and easy for you as possible. If the appointment is for a child, it is entirely up to you to bring your child or not. Often, this is purely an information-gathering session, and children being present may be inappropriate. For instance, you may not be ready to disclose to your child all of your concerns, and these concerns may be harmful to their own self-image. However, sometimes the children are very aware of their struggles and have even asked for the appointment. Thus, we ask that parents use their judgement and decide for their own family if they would like to bring their child or not.
If testing is needed, this will happen on a different day, apart from your initial appointment. Testing can last anywhere from an hour to all day - a good night's sleep the night before is very important! Lunch breaks, play breaks, snack breaks are all provided.
If you have any remaining questions regarding your initial appointments, please do not hesitate to contact us through email or phone.