Initial Sessions

Note: Please do not book any appointments until we have spoken briefly and confirmed that we are a good fit for an Intake.  Thank you.

For Adult patients paying for their own sessions and not living with their parents:

I do a two hour initial Intake session.  This can be scheduled an hour each on two separate days or in one session.

 

For Children, Teens and Adult patients living at home & those whose parents are paying for treatment:

I use a four hour (total, not on the same day) inital Intake process.  The reason I generally do a four hour Intake process is that it allows me to get to know your family better and do a thorough evaluation before making any diagnoses or treatment recommendations.  During that time, I will be a consultant to your family and we will not yet be in a doctor-patient relationship.  If, at the end of the Intake process, we feel it is a good fit, and you would like to continue working with me, then your child will be an “established patient” and we will begin treatment together.

Please note that I almost never prescribe medication on the first visit, even if your child has been on medication already.  There are several reasons for this but the most important is that I like to do a thorough evaluation and come to my own diagnoses before considering medication for any child.  If I think medication may be useful to consider, we can discuss at the Wrap-Up session the advantages and disadvantages of this option, as well as other important treatment components such as therapy and exercise.

Hour One: child/teen alone

Hour Two: BOTH parents/guardians together 

Hour Three: child/teen alone again (on a separate day from Hour One)

Hour Four: Wrap-Up session with BOTH parents and child 

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to call me at 650.918.6789 or email me at jacobtowerymd@gmail.com   If you have any technical questions about setting up the appointment, please feel free to call or text me.

I look forward to meeting your family and serving you.

Sincerely,

Jacob Towery, MD