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Initial Consultation & Assessment

The Initial Consultation & Diagnostic Assessment


All private services begin here, with an Initial Consultation & Assessment (ICA).


Dr. Montminy will re-open for new patients beginning
Monday, Sept. 11th, 2023.  

Check back then for new information.

If you're not already on our WaitList, and would like to be,
please contact us here.


Before we can help with any problem, we first have to understand it.

My services focus on the mental, emotional, and behavioral problems of school-age kids and teens (grades 2-12).

My diagnostic assessment helps you understand:

  • What is going on with your child?
  • Why are they behaving that way?
  • How can you (and they) make things better?


Please read all of the information below before registering for an Initial Consultation.  You'll find most of your questions answered here.  If you have additional concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.




Why bother going through this process?  Why come here?

See if you check any of these boxes:

  • I'm concerned that my child isn't doing well, either at home or school.
  • I'm concerned that my child isn't happy - they're often feeling anxious, angry, or depressed.
  • I'm not sure what's going on - "Why are they behaving this way?"
  • I'm wondering "Is this normal, just a phase, or something more serious?"
  • I want to know if they have a diagnosable mental health condition.
  • Regardless, I need to know what we can do about it.  What will help?!

The ICA process helps you get answers to these fundamental questions, and more.

We'll assess your child's psychological strengths and needs.  We'll look at how well they're doing at home, school, and elsewhere.

Finally, we'll discuss the results in a way that helps you make sense of your child's struggles and offers hope for how they can get along better and be happier.




Your Initial Consultation includes 5 parts:

  1. Pre-Intake Questionnaires
  2. Intake Interview with Parent(s) and Child
  3. Post-Intake Questionnaires
  4. Collateral Consultations, as needed
  5. Feedback and Recommendations

Step 1: Assessment Questionnaires (Pre-Intake)

When you register below, you'll complete a Screening Questionnaire with basic information.

Shortly after registering, you'll receive email instructions with a few additional forms to complete before we meet.

These questionnaires are an integral part of the assessment.  They help both you and me really think about what you've been dealing with, and what you're hoping to get out of this process.  I will review them thoroughly before we meet.

Step 2: Intake Interview

The Initial Consultation appointment is also known as an Intake Interview.

Both you and your child will attend this appointment, which is held in-person at my office.   The Intake typically lasts 1.5 hours.

We'll begin with everyone together, then I'll spend some time separately with the child, then with the parents, then we'll wrap-up altogether again.

At the end of the interview, I'll recommend next steps to complete the assessment.

Step 3: Assessment Questionnaires (Post-Intake)

After the Intake Interview, you and your child will complete some additional questionnaires, also known as Standardized Rating Scales.

These questionnaires provide normative data on how your child is doing in certain emotional and behavioral domains.  Consider these rating scales the psychological "lab tests" that help us rule in or out certain conditions.  Kinda' like blood tests your doctor may order, but without the needles!

Step 4: Collateral Consultations

It's often helpful to get input from other caregivers to complete my understanding of your child's functioning and needs.  For example, I may request permission to contact the child's teachers, school counselor, pediatrician, or other relevant caregivers.

When appropriate, I may request that teachers complete some rating scales as well.

Step 5: Feedback

We'll follow up with a brief Feedback Session a week or so after the Intake Interview. This follow-up consultation typically involves a 30-minute telehealth meeting with the parents.

During the Feedback session, we'll discuss the results of the assessment and answer your remaining questions.  I'll also provide treatment recommendations, as needed - either with me or elsewhere.



Registration Information

Intake Appointments are available only on Wednesday mornings, 8:30 - 10:00 am.

Feedback Appointments are typically scheduled within a week, pending completion of the assessment.

Both parents, whenever applicable, are strongly encouraged to attend these two appointments.  If one parent cannot make it, we'll make arrangements for me to talk with the other parent at another time.

The child/teen must attend the Intake appointment.  They might be asked to attend the Feedback appointment as well (TBD).



The current ICA fee is:  $625

The Initial Consultation & Assessment procedures typically involve 3 hours of my professional time, including data review and interpretation, collateral consultations, follow-up feedback and a brief written summary.

You are billed for the whole package at the beginning of this service.  Again, you may be eligible for out-of-network reimbursement from your health insurance, however, you are responsible for payment, in full.

If you decide not to proceed with the rest of the Assessment after the Intake Interview, you'll receive a $300 partial refund of your deposit.


Scheduling an Intake Appointment

To register, click on the “Get Started” button below.

You’ll be connected directly to our online scheduling system, where you’ll schedule and pay for your Initial Consultation.

NOTE:  Our Acuity scheduling system is HIPAA-compliant, and all of your information is kept strictly confidential.


No Availability?

If you try to schedule an Initial Consultation (below) and there are no available openings - Please CONTACT US HERE and request to be placed on the Waiting List.  I'll alert you as openings become available.



To register and schedule your
Initial Consultation.

BONUS: How to Prepare Your Child or Teen

Parents often ask, "How do I prepare my child for this initial appointment?"

You may be especially concerned if your child is ambivalent, reluctant, or even resistant to participating.

I strongly recommend that you prepare your child before the Initial Consultation by following these guidelines.