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Scheduling Your First Visit

Scheduling an appointment will depend on availability and fit.  You will be asked to answer some preliminary questions online and send them to the clinic.  Dr. Hughes will review your answers and give you a call based on the order your message was received.  After a brief conversation on the phone, you and Dr. Hughes can discuss next best steps.  Unfortunately, there is the possibility of extended times on the waitlist and Dr. Hughes is not able to project how quickly there will be openings.

Your First Visit

Seeking help for mental health is life-changing, but if you’re like many of our patients, it is probably a little intimidating too. What’s therapy like? What will happen during that first visit with Dr. Hughes?

Parents that are seeking a therapist for their child have these and other questions. You may be wondering how to help your child or how your child will respond to treatment. Remember, while this is new for you, it isn’t new for Dr. Hughes. He’s worked with countless teens and parents and will guide you through the process. You’re not in this alone; we’ll partner together to create success.

To calm your nerves and help you prepare for a productive first visit, below are some insights into the treatment process. Dr. Hughes looks forward to meeting with you and your child soon.

If you would like to learn more about child psychiatric therapy in Los Angeles, Ca, schedule a meeting with him today.

Our Office Location

Treatment is conducted at our office location. We’ll provide location details when you book your first visit. We currently meet with patients on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

We are located in Los Angeles, CA, and serve teens and young adults throughout the area. Our office location is easily accessible from the freeway. Traffic is a common problem in Los Angeles. As such, our hours of operation hope to allow for patients to avoid missing time from school and work.  To ensure you’re on time for your visit, give yourself plenty of time to travel. Our appointments start on-time, so arriving late makes it difficult to cover everything we need to cover during an initial meeting.

Paperwork & Check In

Dr. Hughes runs a solo practice, so when you arrive, he may be with another patient. A waiting area is available. Take a seat and make yourself comfortable. Dr. Hughes will be with you shortly.

Dr. Hughes asks new patients to fill out a detailed social and medical questionnaire. This questionnaire helps him to get acquainted with your needs and treatment objectives. Be as detailed as possible. The more information we have, the better able we are to treat you. Everything you write down is confidential and is only used for your treatment.

Meeting with Dr. Hughes: What to Expect

At your first visit, Dr. Hughes will likely meet with the whole family (if patient is a minor). He likes to talk with parents and children together. He may also speak to the parents and children separately.

Don’t expect anything groundbreaking during the first visit. It’s a time for getting to know the situation. Dr. Hughes will ask questions, and he wants to hear you talk. Expect a lot of Q&A. Perspectives from both the parents and the child help us understand the situation and dynamics so we can create a treatment plan.  After we all talk, a decision between Dr. Hughes and the family will be made about whether or not joining the C.U.B.E. is best for you and your family.

Dr. Hughes uses cognitive behavioral therapy and is able to use medications as adjunct if necessary.

Treatment is not one size fits all. Your treatment plan will depend on the issues you’re experiencing and your perspective on the world. Dr. Hughes uses his expert guidance to help patients navigate complex mental health and behavioral issues, including, but not limited to:

After Your First Visit: Your Homework Assignments

Your first visit with Dr. Hughes is just the beginning of a new relationship. Treatment starts with information gathering. By talking with you and your child, we can create a plan to improve mental health and create healthy lifestyle patterns. Patients provide a lot of the information Dr. Hughes will need to guide treatment, but we also ask parents to help us with the information gathering process.

Lab Work

After your first visit, Dr. Hughes may provide an order for lab work, usually just a simple blood draw and possibly a urine test. This lab workup helps us to identify potential medical conditions that may be contributing to your child’s anxiety, depression, and other concerns. Dr. Hughes will choose the tests that are best suited to your treatment concerns, but they commonly include:

  • Thyroid function tests
  • Fasting glucose
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Complete Metabolic Panel
  • Urine toxicology

This testing works best when a patient fasts before arriving at the lab. Get the lab work done first thing in the morning, before breakfast, if possible.

Contact Information for School (If patient is a minor)

Dr. Hughes often contacts your child’s school to learn more about their behavior. We’ll ask for contact information during your first visit and Dr. Hughes will strive to get in touch with the school before you return for a second appointment.

FAQS: Your First Visit

Hughes typically meets with parents and children together during the first visit. We find that children and teens thrive in treatment when they have a stable support system at home. Meeting with parents and children together sets a foundation for communication and success.

Mental health issues may have medical roots. A medical questionnaire helps us to pinpoint potential problems so that we can address and treat them. Understanding your child’s medical history also ensures that if medication is needed, we can choose options that are safe and effective.

Treatment is a process. Our goal is always planned obsolescence, but don’t think that this will happen overnight. Dr. Hughes will be able to give you a general idea of how long treatment may be needed but focus on hitting goals, not timetables. Let’s build a healthy foundation so your child can enjoy lifelong success.

Other patients or parents may be in the waiting room when you arrive. We strive to create a comfortable and welcoming space for our patients to enjoy while they wait for their visit.

Changes during treatment happen slowly, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see them. Many patients start to see improvement after their first visit. Be patient and give the process time.

Dr. Hughes looks forward to meeting with you and your child at your first visit. If you’re ready to start making positive changes and want to build a foundation of success for your child’s future, contact us to schedule a first visit with Dr. Thomas Hughes, a psychiatrist specializing in teens and young adults in Los Angeles, CA.