Before treatment can begin
Before the treatment can begin an extensive client consultation and assessment is necessary for me to understand the genesis of your condition and how best to treat you. Prior to the initial session I will email you the ‘Client Intake Forms.’ These need to be filled in beforehand and emailed back to me prior to the initial Skype/telephone consultation. To build up a clear picture I use a number of intake forms covering a range of clinical outcome measure forms including the GAD7 form (generalised anxiety disorder), PCS-EN (patient catastrophisation scale), NIH-CPSI (National Institute of Health Chronic Prostatitis Score Index) and the PSEQ (pain self efficacy questionnaire). The subsequent treatment will be engineered on the information provided in the intake forms and discussions taking place during the initial telephone/Skype consultation.
Initial Skype/telephone consultation
Once the completed forms have been emailed or posted back then I will arrange an initial Skype/Zoom/telephone consultation. This typically lasts about 30 minutes and provides me with a chance to chat with you personally about your case. The session is used to bring colour to the intake forms, filling in blanks and creating a sound, in-depth picture of each presenting case. It provides us both with a chance to freely discuss your case (quite often the first time a patient is given this opportunity). I will provide feedback and advice in this initial session. In some rare cases I may suggest a referral to another specialist if I feel I am not the best therapist for your recovery. I may not feel that a face to face session is needed and I will advise accordingly offering practical solutions and recommendations. Or, More often than not I will suggest that the best plan of action is to come and see me for face to face sessions. Whatever the outcome I will always have your best interests at heart. I am always open, frank, realistic and honest with all of my patients.
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