How to Schedule an Initial Appointment
Behavioral Health appointments are in high demand so please call as soon as you consider pursuing counseling services to secure an appointment. Even if you are undecided about whether you want to pursue counseling or psychiatric medication, an initial appointment can be a place to talk about your concerns and determine what your needs are.
There are two types of initial Behavioral Health appointments:
- Mental Health Assessment is a 30-minute initial meeting that involves discussing your concerns and how we can best help you. At this appointment, we gather some basic background information about you and assess your mental health safety and well-being, your treatment needs and treatment preferences. We try to determine at this session whether your concerns can potentially be addressed in a few counseling sessions or whether longer term outpatient counseling might be indicated.
- Initial Psychiatric Medication Evaluation is 45 minutes and involves continuing our assessment of your mental health safety and well-being, collecting more detail about current signs and symptoms of distress, past history of psychiatric and physical illness and your prior medication history if present. In this appointment we also provide medication education and information if it is relevant to your concerns. Please see Psychopharmacology Services section for additional information.
As these appointments involve gathering a lot of pertinent information in an efficient manner, we strongly encourage you to be on time for these appointments. If you are unable to arrive at your scheduled time or if you are running late for any reason, please call as soon as possible. It may require rescheduling your appointment for another time and the sooner you call the more promptly we will be able to meet your needs.
If you would like to schedule an initial Behavioral Health appointment, please call UHCS at (617) 373-2772, option “1” and a Patient Associate will be available to help you.
Confidentiality is an important standard of Behavioral Health care. At your first appointment, your Behavioral Health clinician will inform you of your confidentiality rights in behavioral health care.