Therapists Off Script

Don't Be a Carbon Copy Psychotherapist!

May 16, 2023 Jen Hyatt & Alyx Duckering Season 2 Episode 2
Therapists Off Script
Don't Be a Carbon Copy Psychotherapist!
Show Notes

Hang Out with Jen & Alyx as we discuss the ins and outs of mental health assessments 😊 

In this episode Jen & Alex talk about:

  • Assessment
  • Unraveling the Client Narrative
  • Incorporating Games
  • Building Rapport
  • Preliminary Diagnosis
  • Meeting Medical Necessity
  • Holistic versus Medical Mindsets
  • Housekeeping Discussions (Legal and Ethical)
  • Setting the Framework of Session One
  • Building the Foundation before the House
  • Issuing a Superbill
  • Suicidal Ideation (SI) and Homicidal Ideation (HI)
  • Safety Response Plans
  • Making the Most of Your Time as an Associate
  • To Diagnose or Not?
  • Functional Baseline
  • Self-Pay versus Insurance
  • Documentation (Assess, Diagnose, and Treat)
  • How to Handle Cancellations, No Shows, and Reschedules
  • Sick Policy
  • The Clinical Loop
  • Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Therapist and Client Social Run In Policy via Confidentiality
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Therapist Timer to Conclude Sessions
  • Establishing Assessment Timing and Session Timing
  • Physical and Mental Health Overlap
  • FIDO Scores
  • Scaling Domains
  • Theoretical Orientations 
  • Gathering Allergies and Sensory Sensitivities
  • Barriers to Change within a Session
  • Proxmetrics
  • PHQ-9 and GAD7
  • Keyboard Clicking while in Session 
  • ORS/ SRS via Scott D. Miller
  • Generallist versus Specialist
  • Integrative versus Purist

Jen at StormHaven_CounselingWellness
Alyx's at AlyxAuthentically

Jen's Practice
Jennifer Hyatt

Jen's Group Practice
Storm Haven, Counseling & Wellness

Alyx's Practice
Alyx Duckering

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Music by Thunderbird Ooyy via Epidemic
Therapists Off Script