Michael Pavlak Ph.D
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Northcoast Mental Health Associates
3690 Orange Place, Suite 430
Beachwood, OH 44122

216-464-5330

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who will answer my phone call?

A. When you call the office at 216-464-5330 you will initially speak to a secretary. If I am not available at the time of your call I will call you back. I welcome calls prior to you scheduling your first appointment as I believe that it is important for the prospective client to be an “informed consumer” and to feel comfortable with the therapist they are choosing.

Q. What will my first appointment consist of?

A. Your first appointment will be a consultation lasting approximately 60 minutes. You and I will discuss your history, the problems you are experiencing, and what you would like to accomplish in therapy. Together, we will discuss a treatment plan at the end of the session.

Q. How long are subsequent sessions?

A. Each following session is approximately 50 minutes long. Most clients attend sessions on a weekly basis, but others opt to attend sessions twice a month.

Q. How long will I need to be in therapy?

A. The length of your treatment depends on the issues that you need to address. We will discuss the length of treatment in our first few sessions. As you make progress we can discuss the option of maintenance sessions. These can be conducted monthly or even every other month and are designed to monitor the changes and continue the growth and progress you will have made.

Q. Is what I share with my therapist confidential?

A. Your confidentiality is protected by state law and by the rules of my profession. All information concerning patients is held confidential and is released only through procedures consistent with the law and professional ethics.

Q. How will I know if I’m getting better?

A. After our first session together we will identify the goals that you would like to accomplish during therapy. We will continue to measure your progress by evaluating these goals.

Q. What if I need to be evaluated for medications or I am already prescribed medications?

A. I am licensed and trained to practice psychology and marriage and family therapy, not medicine. However, I often consult with physicians who prescribe medications to provide you with a medication consultation and/or continued medication management.

Q. Where can I learn more about psychotherapy?

A. Here is an overview of types of psychotherapy:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psychotherapy/MH00009

For more information on cognitive behavioral therapy visit the National Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists:
http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm

For more information on marriage and family therapy visit the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy:
http://www.aamft.org (check out FAQs on MFTs)

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