Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need the surgery?
What are my expectations regarding the surgery?
- Dr. Meshberg will review what you expect from the surgery, and whether than is what your really want, or whether there is something else motivating you to have the surgery.
- What will I do if the surgery doesn’t meet my expectations?
- Together, Dr. Meshberg and you will explore other options after surgery to see what alternatives are available, and to determine whether your expectations regarding these options are reasonable.
- Are there alternative ways of making changes I want?
- Yes, there generally are alternatives, but it is important first to ensure that what you want to occur as a result of surgery is possible and realistic.
- What are the risks of surgery?
- There are always risks involved with surgery. This will be discussed to determine whether you have had all your questions answered by the surgeon or their staff. Patients have a right to ask and get answers to questions from their doctors.
Employee Assistant Programs (EAP)
- What is EAP?
- EAP is a program that companies, organizations, and governmental agencies contract out to providers to get help from psychologists.
- Is it confidential?
- If a supervisor tells an employee that they need to go to therapy because of a problem that is affecting their work, that supervisor can only ask whether the employee is attending; he or she can learn nothing of what is talked about in the sessions. If the employee realizes that they have a problem, they can go to their company’s EAP provider, and no one in their company can be told anything, including whether they are attending therapy.
- How many sessions will I have?
- Generally, this is short-term therapy or five to ten sessions. More sessions than are contracted for are available with authorization from the company.
- What will be done in the sessions?
- There will be a psychological assessment, as well as a discussion of the presenting problem(s). Sometimes psychological testing will be conducted to help determine some of the underlying difficulties.
- It is necessary that I use EAP?
- No. A persons can make use of the service, if they feel they have a need for it, or if their supervisor thinks that they can benefit from it.
- Why are psychologists involved in forensic assessments?
- Psychologist determine a defendant’s cognitive ability in order to help their attorney defend them in a trial, or to determine whether they were aware of what they were doing at the time of the alleged crime.
- Where do you see defendants?
- If the defendant is not incarcerated, Dr. Meshberg sees them in his office. If they are in jail, he can see them there.
- How are assessments conducted?
- Assessments are done with a clinical interview and psychological tests. There are many psychological tests, but only relevant tests are administered.
- How long will it take?
- That depends on a number of factors, including on what is reported during the clinical interview. The interview will help determine which psychological tests are indicated.
- Will you testify in court?
- Testifying in court about his findings is one of the services Dr. Meshberg provides, if needed or requested.
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