Paperwork is the necessary evil of therapy. Please download each form and fill it out completely. Parents, if your child is the client, please fill out the Parental Consent form, in addition to the other forms. You can also schedule an appointment through the link below.
What You Need to Know
Please fill out the attached forms and bring them with you to your appointment or email them prior to your appointment. If this is a telehealth appointment, please scan or photograph the forms and send them to me prior to your appointment. You may also drop them in the mail. I typically run on time so you will not need to arrive for your appointment earlier than 5 minutes before. If I am running very late, I will text you. I try very hard to respect your time and schedule.
Please don’t hesitate to call or text if you have questions or need to make a change in appointment.
For New Clients:
Where is First Step Counseling? We are located at 120 Brett Chase, Suite D-3 in Paducah, Kentucky. We are behind Little Castle in Lone Oak (Hwy. 45). The entrance is at the end of the building on the left-hand side of the cul-de-sac (which is called Noah), right next to Images Salon. Our sign is on the door. When you arrive, please take a seat in one of the chairs in the waiting room. A therapist will be with you momentarily.
About your appointment. Participate. This is your time to share what is going on in your life. My job is to listen and offer guidance. I cannot fix you or your loved one. I can only offer you the tools you need to improve yourself. You are a child of God and are of infinite worth. If you really want change in your life, it starts with you! Please arrive on time. There is no reason to arrive super early as I am always running on time. Should the rare occasions happen where I am running late, I will call or text you. I respect your time and will always have you in and out as expected. Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
The rules. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call me as soon as possible so we can reschedule accordingly. Life happens and I understand that. I will always work to provide you with the quickest reschedule date possible. Unfortunately, if you do not call and are a no-show, I will be unable to see you for future appointments until you pay a late fee. In addition, if you come to your appointment intoxicated, I will not see you but you will be required to pay for your scheduled time. I will not allow you to leave if you are intoxicated and driving. You will be required to find alternate transportation.
Confidentiality. You have a right to feel safe in this space. That means assurance that what you share with your therapist stays with your therapist only. If you see your therapist out and about, don't be alarmed if they do not speak or acknowledge you. It's to protect you and your anonymity. But if you speak first, we will definitely offer you a hello and a smile! Please note that in Kentucky, we are mandated reporters. If you share that you are in harm's way or thinking of harming yourself or others, action is required by law.
Payment information. Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance payments but I can accept flexible spending accounts. My hourly fee is $80 for individuals and $100 for couples. I accept debit/credit or cash. No checks, please. If you wish to self-file an insurance claim, please let me know so I can provide you with the proper form.
I look forward to seeing you. Thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you through your struggles and your triumphs.