At your first visit, which is one hour in length, we will begin by you telling me what problems you are noticing and the concerns you are having. I will ask lots of questions so that I can understand your situation. By the end of the session, I will discuss my initial assessment of the situation and how we can work together to create positive change. Depending upon the problem, you may complete a questionnaire (a standardized rating scale) that may help me to better assess your problem. Sometimes my evaluation can take more than one session to complete in order to facilitate treatment and provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of the problem.
What happens on my child's first visit?
For children, I see the parent(s) initially for the first half of the visit, to obtain observations and background information to help in my assessment. Then I meet with your child to complete my assessment, and begin the important process of establishing rapport with your child and fostering motivation for treatment. Depending upon the problem, rating scales (questionaires) may be given to parents and/or child to help aid in my assessment. At the end of the session, I advise parents about my assessment and treatment plan. Sometimes my child/adolescent diagnostic evaluation can take more than one session to complete. I may ask for your written permission to talk to your child's pediatrician, school or other physician so that I can obtain or provide information that helps me to provide the best quality of care to you. Through my extensive experience treating children and adolescents, I have learned that close communication and collaboration with parents, schools and pediatricians is essential to fostering positive behavior change.
What happens on subsequent visits?
Each therapy visit is usually 45 minutes long. Therapy visits can also be 50 minutes to one hour long in some cases. In our first session, we will begin working together collaboratively on treatment goals. When I see children, I usually spend the last 10 minutes of each session seeing the parent(s). At that time, I discuss what was being worked on in therapy, what treatment recommendations I may have, and how parents can help their child to make progress in treatment.
Where is your office located?
See my Contact Me page which provides a google map of my location where you can input your address for directions. My office is located in the heart of Princeton Junction, NJ, about 15 minutes from Princeton. It is down the street from West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, a block from the Muncipal Center. It is easily accessible via the Washington Road or Quakerbridge Road exit from Route 1.
What is your cancellation policy?
Consistency of attending appointments is important for clinical success. When you schedule an appointment with me, I reserve that time for you. Cancellations or missed sessions with less than 24 hours notice are billed at the session rate. Insurance does not cover missed sessions. If I can reschedule your appointment within the next day or two, I will not charge you for the missed session.
It is important for you or your child to have a private place to speak about your concerns. Communication between a therapist and client are confidential with a few exceptions as required by law. Those exceptions will be discussed with you if we begin working together. You may choose to give me written permission to share your information, including my assessment and treatment plan with a doctor, therapist, psychiatrist or pediatrician. Obtaining information from other treatment providers or schools often allows me to design more effective treatment plans. Be assured that I will not disclose your information without your written permission unless required by law.
What type of training do you have as a Ph.D. level Psychologist?
See the section "About Me" for more information. As a psychologist with a Ph.D., I have completed a masters degree and Ph.D. including a dissertation (independent research study). My academic training included advanced courses in assessment, therapy, psychological testing and health psychology. Psychologists typically do several years of pre-doctoral internship hours at mental health clinics, following by a year of post-doctoral internship hours. My licensure requirements included a written examination and oral examination. Psychologists are the most well-trained of psychotherapists. Psychologists do not prescribe medication. If medication might be indicated in your situation, I can coordinate referrals to psychiatrists as needed.
For psychiatric emergencies
If you are having a clinical emergency, please call 911 for emergency assistance or go to your local hospital emergency room.
Notice to users of this site: Use of this website is for information and educational purposes only. By using this site, there is no implication, establishment or guarantee of a doctor-patient relationship. No promises or guarantees of services are given or implied in any form, regarding any information on this site nor guarantees of benefit from treatment should future treatment begin. My full name is Madhu Sheila Josephs, Ph.D.