Carrie Atikune, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

2153 SW Main Street, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97205
phone 971.888.0497
fax 971.404.2468
drcarrieatikune@gmail.com

What to Expect

Initial phone consultation
Because it can be helpful to speak with a therapist to determine whether you would like to work with him/her, I am happy to provide a free phone consultation to discuss your concerns, my approach, my experience and any questions you might have to help you to decide whether we may be a good fit for working together toward your goals.
 
Initial appointment paperwork
I ask that you complete and return paperwork prior to our first appointment. The paperwork consists of: Informed Consent, Notice of Privacy Practice, Consent to Treatment, Insurance Form (where applicable) and the Client Information Form. The paperwork can be emailed to you or, if you do not have Internet access, can also be mailed to you. Please be sure to bring the completed forms with you to our initial appointment. If you have any questions about the forms, please feel free to contact me or we can discuss them when we meet.
 
Initial appointment
My office is located on the first floor of the building; you may have a seat on the couch in the entry hall. I will come out and meet you at our appointment time. 

Our first appointment is an opportunity for me to learn about you and your current concerns, as well as for you to determine if I am the right therapist for you. This generally is a 60-75 minutes session, though may require a second session depending on the circumstances. We will begin with discussing important aspects of therapy, including the limits of confidentiality and office policies. The majority of the appointment will be dedicated to discussing your concerns, relevant history and hopes for therapy. A thorough intake evaluation enables me to make initial diagnostic impressions and preliminary recommendations and options for therapy, which I will share with you at the end of the appointment. If we both decide to work together, we will conclude with any questions you might have and discuss our next steps for therapy. If we decide that you will be better served by a different therapist, I am happy to assist you in finding another therapist.
 
Subsequent appointments
The frequency of appointments and length of treatment will depend on the nature of your goals and the kind of work we do together. I typically meet with clients weekly, although this can vary based on treatment goals and your preference. Some people require a brief period of therapy lasting a few months while others need a year or longer to reach their goals. This will be an ongoing conversation we will have during our work together to ensure you are finding therapy helpful and are making progress toward your goals.

*Please note that my current availbility is limited to Wednesday and Friday appointments.

Conversation

I am happy to provide a free 10-15 minute phone consultation so that you can get a sense of whether I might be a good "fit" as a therapist for your needs and goals in therapy.


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Get In Touch
phone 971.888.0497
drcarrieatikune@gmail.com