You can save time at your first visit by downloading office forms below, and filling them out prior to your appointment. We must have these forms completed prior to starting our first session. The forms include: Informed Consent Form, Practice Description, Consent for a Minor Patient, and New Patient Intake form. The Teletherapy Consent form is required for all teletherapy or video therapy appointments as well. We need most of the information for legal and/or identification reasons.
The Consent Forms are lengthy, but they inform you of how we do things and of the "rules" (either legal or ethical) that we have to follow for your privacy, best treatment, financial reasons, and for your general protection and ours. Some patients find it difficult to fax , email or mail these back, due to the length. If it is easier for you, you can simply send us an email which says, "I have read the Informed Consent forms for your office. I understand them and consent to participate in services with your office. Please accept my typed name as my signature." Then type your name and the date. The other forms have to be filled out and sent back to us, completed, however.
Teletherapy is therapy provided via telephone.
If we have a teletherapy appointment, call (727) 578-2542 at the time of your appointment. Appointments last 45 minutes.
Videotherapy is provided via computer, tablet, or cellular phone. This allows us to see each other as we talk. We do not record sessions or images. In fact, it is illegal to do so without written permission and detailed "informed consent" about why we are recording and what will happen to the recording. So, we do not do it. We use the medical platform "Doxy.me", which is secure and HIPAA-compliant. (Zoom is not HIPAA-compliant, though it has been allowed recently due to COVID-19 issues).
If we have a videotherapy appointment, log on to: http://www.doxy.me/dreastridge
You will find yourself in a virtual "waiting room" (no actual room there), and your session will start
roughly on time and last for 45 minutes. You can make copayments at the end of the session with credit or bank cards.