Prospective Patients

Greetings.  I am changing this section around so please bear with me if it is temporarily wonky.  If you are reading this, you are probably a teenager or adult seeking treatment for yourself or a parent looking for treatment for your child.  Welcome.  In either case, please take a few minutes right now to visit other sections of the site to familiarize yourself with some basics about me and my practice, particularly the sections on Policies, Initial Sessions, and Recovery.  Then, come back to this section.  I noticed that I used to spend a lot of time answering questions that were readily available in those three sections so if you and your child are able to read those three before calling, it's greatly appreciated.


Welcome back.  I created this section because I noticed that people understandably have no idea what kinds of information I might want to know in evaluating whether we might be a good fit.  There was a lot of phone tag and days to weeks sometimes went by when headaches could have potentially been avoided.  For most of you, please continue reading and following the instructions below.  However, if you are an Adult who does NOT live with your parents and you are COMPLETELY financially independent from your parents, please feel free to skip to the very bottom of this section.  Thank you!


So, if you have made it this far, you are probably a parent or a child/young adult looking for treatment.  If you are a parent or a young adult, please begin by emailing me (jacobtowerymd@gmail.com) your name and cell phone number from the email account that you check most regularly.  Please also include on that email the email address, name, and cell phone number of the child's OTHER parent.  This is very important.  I believe that both parents are very important in a child's development and can have valuable input into the process so unless the other parent is deceased or hasn't been at all involved for years, please include them on this email.

Then, for the rest of the questions, please feel free to either call me and leave the answers on one or two voicemails (650-918-6789) or email me the answers to your questions, whatever you prefer.


What is your first and last name and cell phone number?

How old is your child? (Note: If you are a teenager or young adult calling for treatment for yourself, then everywhere that it says "your child" just give your own information)

What is their name and gender?

Who referred you?

Where does your child live?

Are you looking for therapy, medications, both, unsure, or something else?

What diagnoses has your child been given?

If your child is currently on psychiatric medication, or has been, what medicines and doses?

How much are alcohol/recreational drugs/prescription drugs part of the picture?

Any suicide attempts or cutting?

How interested or not interested is your child in getting treatment in general?  Therapy?

In the event that the child is under 18 and the parents are divorced, does the other parent have any legal or physical custody?  If so, how open or not open is that parent to coming in during the assessment and potentially being involved in treatment?

What's the gist of what's been going on?


The following questions should be answered directly by the person seeking treatment and NOT by the parent and I will respond AFTER I have heard from the potential client via voicemail and/or email.  Ideally, please let the person leaving the answers to the questions below do so in private so that I am more likely to get honest answers.  Thank you!

What is your full name?

Did you read the section of the website on Recovery?  If not, go back and read this now please.

How interested or not interested are you in getting treatment?

If your parents were completely neutral about you seeing me and they put zero pressure on you to see anyone for treatment, would you still want to meet with me?

Has there been a time in your life when you put several hours per week into learning something new such as a sport, a martial art, or a musical instrument?  What was the longest that you participated for?  When was this?  How consistently or inconsistently did you put in effort?

Are you willing to do therapy homework and exercise even when you don't feel like it or are you looking for a treatment that wouldn't require these things?


Thank you for your time in answering these many questions!   If I don't think we are likely to be a good fit, I now have enough information that I could offer you some wonderful referrals for what you are looking for.  In the event that I think we are likely to be a fit (hopefully this is the case), I will email the appropriate people (BOTH parents, +/- your child if I determine it's appropriate for the child to be on this call) and we can set up a free 30-minute phone consultation where I can answer any questions you might have and move forward with booking an Assessment if you would like.  Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you!



The following section is ONLY for Adults who do NOT live with their parents and are COMPLETELY financially independent.  If that is you, please continue following instructions from this point on.

Let's start with an email.  Please email me (jacobtowerymd@gmail.com) your cell phone number from the email that you check most regularly.  Then, you can either call me to answer all of the following questions (650-918-6789) or email me the answers to all of the following questions, whatever you prefer.

What is your first and last name?

How old are you?

What is your gender?

Who referred you?

Where do you live?

Are you looking for therapy, medications, both, unsure, or something else?

What diagnoses have you been given in the past, if any?

If you are currently on psychiatric medication, or have been, what medicines and doses?

How much are alcohol/recreational drugs/prescription drugs part of the picture?

Any suicide attempts or cutting?

What's the gist of what's been going on?

If you are considering therapy with me, did you read the section of my website on Recovery?  If not, go back and read this now please.

Has there been a time in your life when you put several hours per week into learning something new such as a sport, a martial art, or a musical instrument?  What was the longest that you participated for?  When was this?  How consistently or inconsistently did you put in effort?

Are you willing to do therapy homework and exercise even when you don't feel like it or are you looking for a treatment that wouldn't require these things?

Thank you for your time in answering these many questions!   If I don't think we are likely to be a good fit, I now have enough information that I could offer you some wonderful referrals for what you are looking for.  In the event that I think we are likely to be a fit (hopefully this is the case), I will email you and we can set up a free 30-minute phone consultation where I can answer any questions you might have and move forward with booking an Assessment if you would like.  Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you!