Michael Feeley, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

A Coach for Problem-Solving and Personal Development

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Getting Started

1. Required Tools

All my sessions are conducted by video or phone. You will also need a computer, tablet or smartphone to schedule appointments, complete forms and send me secure messages. I have mobile apps (Android and IOS) available for your use. You do need to feel at least moderately comfortable with computers (using a web browser and mouse) and smartphones in order for us to work together.

2. Schedule an Appointment!

Once I start accepting new clients again you will be able to go to my client portal to schedule a free first consult and pick an available time that is good for you. When I receive your appointment request, I will get back to you and confirm the appointment. I will then call you at the time you picked.

3. Our Initial Conversation

The purpose of the initial conversation is to make sure I am qualified to help you with the issues you want help with. If I am not qualified to help you, I will let you know and we can talk about how to find someone who is. We need to discuss my availability and how to handle telephone and video sessions. We also need to discuss how you will pay for sessions.

4. Working on the Intake Packet

If you think I can help you, and I think I can help you, I will setup an account on my client portal for you and you can complete the intake packet. This is a set of forms (three of which are listed below under the heading of Informed Consent). The forms include the Notice of Privacy Practices (aka the HIPAA Privacy Notice, which is the first one that needs to be completed), my Practice Brochure, Telepsychology Brochure, as well as demographic data, emergency contact information, and goals you would like us to work on. The intake packet includes information about me, who I am and who I am not. It also includes information about what you can expect from sessions with me as well as benefits and risks of sessions. This is all part of what is called "Informed Consent" -- making sure you know what you are getting into. The forms can be read and "e-signed" on the client portal.

5. Beginning Regular Sessions

Once I have received your signed consent forms, we can schedule a regular appointment and get started.

Our early work together will involve:

Things we need to set-up for sessions

There are some things we need to have in place in order to work together.

Phone Sessions

We can have sessions by phone or video. Voice calls (also called audio calls) through my client portal are encrypted and thus, private. Normal telephone calls are not encrypted. If we use normal telephone calls for sessions, you acknowledge that such calls are not encrypted. If you would like to have sessions by telephone, you give me a phone number and when our appointment time comes, I call you. Simple.

Video Sessions

For video sessions you will need a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera. You will need to use a web browser on a PC, laptop or smartphone and login to my client portal or use the Android or iPhone/iPad mobile apps. If problems arise, I can help to a certain extent; you should be somewhat familiar with using a smartphone app or a computer.

Informed Consent

"Informed Consent" refers to you understanding what being "coached" is about. Below are some of the forms in the intake packet. Reading them will give you a good idea of who I am as a psychologist, what I can and cannot do. I also need to know some things about you and you need to give me permission to handle your information in various ways. You need to know the limits of confidentiality and what our agreement to work together looks like.

How to schedule an appointment

Appointment scheduling is done through my client portal.


Mike Feeley