Intake Evaluation (60-120 minutes depending on clinical needs)
Like many modern therapists, we practice what is known as an "eclectic" form of psychotherapy, tailored to meet an individual's specific needs. We have specialized training in Mentalization Based Therapy, which was originally designed for Borderline Personality Disorder, but can be used more broadly for many concerns regarding important relationships in one's life, from romantic partners to business partners. Dr.MacMillan also is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Dr.Muir is trained in Interpersonal Social Rhythms Therapy for Bipolar Disorder. We also have a strong foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as more traditional psychodynamic theories. Do not worry if you have no idea what any of these things are, as we will talk extensively about the various options. In order for therapy to be effective, it needs to be done at least every 1-2 weeks, but we will work with you to determine what is feasible and indicated.
Second Opinion Consultations
Sometimes it can be helpful to have an evaluation that takes a fresh look at what is going on with respect to diagnosis and/or treatment. Other providers may seek out these type of consultations from us, or you may choose to seek this out on your own. We are happy to work collaboratively with an existing treatment team to provide additional insights. We also conduct evaluations for prescribing therapeutic service animals for conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and outside independent evaluations for children seeking Individualized Education Plans from their school districts. If any of these types of assessment are what you are looking for, please let us know when booking the appointment.
For many people, especially those who have been receiving mental health care for years without making much progress, there is often a gap in understanding what is going on for the person. CAS is designed to help children, adults, and families with complex needs leverage the diverse strengths of our clinicians to take the time to really figure it out. Only after we have reached a shared understanding can we offer a meaningful treatment plan.