Susan L Crum, Ph.D. 

BRAIN | BODY | BEHAVIOR

Neuropsychology,
Behavioral Medicine,
Forensics

Preparing for your first session

During your first session, Dr. Crum will attempt to identify what you are most concerned about, what factors contribute to the problems and what interventions may be most helpful to you. You can assist her in this process by preparing for this session. This involves completing the intake questionnaires forwarded to you by Dr. Crum’s office manager, Ms. Fernandez. In addition, you may want to prepare yourself by taking the following steps:


  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
  • Write down questions that concern you.

Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of our time together. Questions might include the following:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • Will my condition progress?
  • What treatments are available?
  • What are the side effects of each treatment?
  • What treatment do you feel would be best for me?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?

Also take time to prepare what your goals are for therapy. For example:

  • I want to learn stress management techniques
  • I want to learn to communicate my feelings more clearly
  • I want to improve my attention and concentration
  • I want to learn to live more productively with my health concerns

Each person’s goals for therapy are different, it will help you and your provider in planning an appropriate treatment plan if you have a good concept of what you hope to accomplish with therapy.

Remember Your Session is For You!

You will receive the most benefit from your session if you decide ahead of time what you hope to gain, and actively prepare for your session.