Appointments
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 Dana R. Falk, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist 

2203 Thorndyke AvE WEST
Seattle, WA  98199
IN THE LOWER MAGNOLIA NEIGHBORHOOD 


 
       
      
      
Appointment Times



Therapy sessions are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

TUESDAYS 
2:00pm - 8:30pm

THURSDAYS 
7:30am - 2:00pm


SATURDAYS 
2:00pm - 7:00pm




                         


 

INQUIRE ABOUT MAKING A FIRST APPOINTMENT


Be in touch to request an initial phone consultation or to gather more information before deciding whether to do so.
Email inquiries are preferred but a phone message is fine, too.

                              Phone: (206) 926-3866             
                        Email:
danafalk@icloud.com

             
A phone consultation will always precede our first session, but you’re welcome to make your first contact by e-mail. Sometimes people like to write with some initial questions before deciding about a phone consultation.

I’ll respond right away to let you know whether I’m able to welcome new clients at the moment. If so, I’ll ask about your current issues, what’s important to you in the therapy relationship, whether you would anticipate paying for treatment privately or with insurance and what your availability is like.


UNDERSTAND THE INITIAL PHONE CONSULTATION

This phone conversation may be up to 30 minutes and serves a variety of purposes for us both:

One is that I need to hear what you want to work on, so I’ll be able to assess whether I have the experience necessary to really help you. If your clinical needs would be more capably handled by a different professional, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Second, we have an opportunity to assess the interpersonal connection. It’s a big part of what makes therapy work or not work. In essence, we will both listening for whether this could feel like a natural and productive collaboration.

Third, you’ll have an opportunity to ask anything you’d like: how I approach therapy, info about diagnoses and how insurance works, what makes psychotherapy effective in general, etc.


Lastly, logistics. Could you make it to Lower Magnolia at an appointment time I have open? Might you rather see someone on your insurance list if it would cost more to work with me? Do I believe you’d be best served seeing a specialist or someone who has better availability than I do?

I’ll call you at a mutually agreed-upon time, so be sure you have some privacy to really talk at that point.

CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE      


Look at the time frames [above left] to see when we might potentially meet. A good many therapists see more patients than I do, thus have more varied appointment times to offer.

If you’re free at a few of these times, but the slots you need are filled, we may be able to schedule just a first session --- to get rolling. I’d let you know when a regular opening that fits your schedule presents itself. Just getting started with therapy can provide a great sense of momentum and relief, and may give you things to work on. If only a specific time would work (for example, only Tuesdays from 6:30pm on) it may mean too long a wait for you. We’ll discuss it.

COMPLETE THE PRE-THERAPY PAPERWORK

If we schedule a session, please go to the paperwork page.
There you’ll find two forms: one for you to print out and complete (Client Info & History) the other for you to read (Treatment Consent) and jot any questions you may have.
Don’t save these until the last minute; they take a little time!


RESEARCH YOUR COVERAGE IF YOU PLAN TO USE INSURANCE

The Client Info & History Form has a guide to researching your insurance benefits. For clients seeking insurance reimbursement for seeing me out-of-network, this section may serve as a helpful script for your call to customer service. For clients who are in-network, I can easily check your benefits for you, using your birthdate and subscriber number; just send me a photo of both sides of your insurance card.

Unless your insurance is Premera Blue Cross, it is you they would reimburse for the therapy, rather than me. Out-of-network clients handle treatment costs at the time of service. (This holds true whether or not insurance comes through as fully as we’d expected, so familiarity with your coverage is wise.) Don’t forget that you may have a deductible to satisfy before the insurance kicks in.

If I’m in-network for you, I can file claims on your behalf. If your policy requires a co-pay for office visits, you’ll have a small share to pay at each session. Co-pays usually range from $10-$35, but a few insurance plans have no co-pay at all!

UNDERSTAND THE FIRST SESSION

The first session or two we’ll both be gathering a lot of information about your clinical needs and how we might work together. Talking about your unique history is a fruitful part of the work, not a warm-up to the real therapy.

If referring you to someone else is the most effective choice, don’t be discouraged. Most people say that a first session can provide real progress. Likewise, if you sense that someone else might help you better than I could, don’t be shy about transferring to another professional; it’s the normal process.

REQUEST A REFERRAL

If we can’t find a time in common or if it’s not the right fit for some reason, I’d be happy to offer referrals to other excellent professionals in our area.