Before Your First Appointment
An initial appointment with a psychologist can be a positive experience. There are some "business" things you should know before your first appointment. First, I am a full-time psychology professor who sees client on the side a few hours a week. I also have a masters-level therapist who sees people under my supervision who is also part-time.
Location. My office is in the Classroom building on the Regent University campus, which is at the Indian River Road exit off of I-64. Campus Map. The office is located in the Classroom Building on Regent University campus. Regent University is just off I-64 at the Indian River Road East exit. In the classroom building go to suite 188 (the Psychological Services Center) and the staff there will let us know you have arrived.
Schedule. I will on occasion see someone once or twice in the evening (say for a psychological testing, or to meet with the whole family). But regular visits for ongoing counseling are daytime appointments. The masters-level therapist who sees people under my supervision will see people in the evening.
Cost and Insurance. I do not work within insurance networks. That means you would pay for the counseling services without using your insurance, or use out of network benefits. There are sliding scale options for the masters clinician if you need a low-cost option. I also will help with any out of network paperwork for your insurance if you want to use it. And I accept cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. I can also accept Health Savings Account/FSA credit cards. There are many advantages to meeting with someone completely privately, outside of insurance. Many types of counseling are not covered by insurance (typically couples therapy, parenting, career, personal coaching, and education-related testing). Also co-pay costs are often quite high, meaning the difference in cost may be less than you think. Your counseling or psychological testing would not be covered unless you have a psychiatric diagnosis. Also, information about your counseling would have to be shared with your insurance company, such as your diagnosis, which could have unknown effects on the future healthcare options. For this reason many clients prefer to seek psychotherapy outside of their insurance.
The costs and financial agreement for Dr. Ripley are here. For those needing lower cost treatment the masters-level clinician working under Dr. Ripley's supervision provides psychotherapy as well for a reduced rate ($25-40). That cost and financial agrement for the masters-level clinician is here.
Intake Forms. If you can complete the adult intake form before you come, that helps us spend time wisely in our first appointment.
Scheduling an Appointment. If you are interested in setting an appointment please call my office, 757-354-4132, and I can answer any further questions and ensure you are matched with the right counseling to fit your needs. I do not use an office secretary so if I am not able to answer the phone I will return your call shortly.
At Your First Appointment
We will get to know each other. I will want to know what you hope will happen in working with me. I will want to know the history of the problem you are working to improve so I can come along side you in this time in your life. We will work together to look at areas of your life that make you vulnerable to the problem, and areas of strength you can draw from for improvements. Those areas might be biological/ physical, relationships, spiritual, emotional, cognitive/thinking or behavioral. We will generally create an immediate plan for change involving something different you can begin doing the first week after counseling. I often will want to consult with family members or important people in your life, if that is helpful to you.
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Ripley Consulting LLC, 1000 Regent University Dr, Classroom Building Suite 161, Virginia Beach VA 23464 757-354-4132