Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I expect during the first session?

    You can expect to become better acquainted with the psychologist with whom you will be working. The match between you (or your child) and the therapist is very important, so the first meeting helps you determine your comfort level and potential for creating a working relationship. Your first meeting will consist primarily of information gathering about the concerns that led to you scheduling the appointment, which often includes current symptoms, past symptoms, previous treatments, medical history, family history, social history, and a review of contributing factors. You will also work to develop an initial treatment plan that includes your goals and objectives.


Should I bring anything with me to the first appointment?

    Please remember to bring your insurance card and picture identification. Also, bring any relevant psychological and/or psychiatric evaluation/report, psychoeducational evaluation, or treatment summaries from previous clinicians. Plan to arrive approximately 15-minutes early in order to complete the initial paperwork.


How much will this cost and is it covered by insurance?

    Most therapeutic services and some types of evaluations are covered by insurance, but coverage varies depending on your insurance plan. We encourage you to call your insurance carrier to obtain information about mental health coverage. Alternatively, our office manager can provide you with such information once she verifies your coverage. Typically, you will be responsible for a portion of the cost in the form of copays or deductibles.


What insurances do you accept?

    Please call Dr. O’Brien’s Office Manager to inquire about insurance coverage.


What types of payment do you accept?

    At this time, we accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards. Payments are expected at the time of the appointment.


Do you prescribe medication?

    Dr. O'brien does not prescribe medication. If you need medication as a component of your treatment, he will work with your current provider or refer you to an appropriate physician.