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Carl Benedict offers online counseling on his web site Serenity Online Therapy.
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Questionnaire Part One

You must be at least 18 years old to complete the Questionnaire.  
You must not be suicidal or a threat to others - if so, go to In Crisis Now?

IMPORTANT: Completing Questionnaire Part One and Part Two is optional, but PLEASE read the next paragraph before deciding not to complete them.

Asking you to complete my thorough Questionnaires is one thing that sets me apart from other online therapists. I want to be able to study your story and history BEFORE we meet for the first time, so we can begin therapy immediately, which will save you money because I won't need to gather this important information during your paid session (as most therapists do). Thus, our first appointment will be therapeutic rather than just an information-gathering session.

ONE MORE THING: You do not have to provide certain personal identifying information on this form, such as your last name, birthdate, phone number, and complete mailing address, since you will be sending very personal information about yourself. The choice is yours. However, if you choose not to include your last name, birthdate, phone number, and/or complete mailing address, I will ask you for this information in a follow up email because my licensing board does not allow me to work with clients anonymously. I would like your first name and city of residence so I can determine your time zone for setting up appointments. Please answer all other questions on the questionnaires.


Option #1: Complete the Questionnaires below. After you submit Questionnaire Part One, you will be taken to the briefer Questionnaire Part Two to complete. (Each will be emailed directly to me when you click on the Submit button.)

Option #2: Request that I email you my Word document version of the Questionnaires for you to complete and return to me by email.  Click  HERE to request the Word version of the Questionnaires or request the Questionnaires through my  CONTACT ME FORM.

Option #3: Decline completing the Questionnaires, in which case I will gather the Questionnaires information during our first session. Click HERE or use the CONTACT ME FORM to let me know you will not be completing the Questionnaires, and then Pay for your first session. I will then contact you within 24 hours to set up an appointment. NOTE: For email counseling, you must complete the Questionnaires since we will not be meeting in a real-time appointment so I won't have an opportunity to gather the necessary from you during a live appointment.

The purpose of my Questionnaires is to gather information about where your life has been, where it is now, and where you want it to go so we can formulate the best plan to help you achieve your goals. I can't emphasize too much the importance of completing the Questionnaires, which will take time and thought but pay dividends in the therapy process.

If you are not sure whether to begin with  Video Therapy, Phone Therapy, Chat Therapy, or Email Counseling, please review Services & Fees because you will be asked to make a choice in the Questionnaires. However, at ANY time during the therapy process, you can change your choice because it is completely up to you how you want to meet - video, phone, chat, or email.

INFORMED CONSENT: Please read the following important pages that describe My Credentials, My Counseling Philosophy, Online Therapy Risks & Benefits, and Confidentiality. It is important that you read these pages so you can be an informed consumer of my services. By completing this questionnaire and clicking on the submit button, you will be acknowledging that you have read these pages.

Questionnaire Part One
(All boxes with asterisks **** must be filled.)

Please read Questionnaire Privacy before filling out this form for important information on privacy when using the Questionnaire.

Personal Information:

FIRST NAME:  ****       LAST NAME:  
NICKNAME OR PREFERRED NAME:  ****          SEX:  ****
CITY:   ****      STATE:  ****      COUNTRY:  ****
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:              **** 
BIRTHDATE:            AGE:  **** 
MARITAL STATUS:    ****           NUMBER OF MARRIAGES:   ****
1. How many children do you have? Tell me their first names, ages, and anything about them you think is helpful. If none, write "none."
2. Who lives in your household?:   ****
3. What is your occupation? Briefly describe your work or typical day if you don't work:
4. Tell me why you are seeking help at this time. What led to your decision to search the internet for help now?
5. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below on a regular basis, then use the drop down list to rate each one as Mild (Mild), Moderate (Mod), or Severe (Sev).
sadness/tearfulness       fatigue        lethargic       feelings of guilt  
feelings of hopelessness      feelings of worthlessness      sleeping too much  
insomnia       loss of appetite      eating too much       irritability    
anger       loss of pleasure      poor concentration      suicidal thoughts
homicidal thoughts      anxiety      excessive worry     panic attacks
afraid to leave home      can't stop compulsive habits (washing hands, checking, etc.)
restlessness      easily distracted      impulsive      easily startled    
nightmares      flashbacks      mood swings     over-energetic
feel like you do not need to sleep     rapid speech     racing thoughts   
overactive in sex or spending     grandiosity     bizarre or unusual behaviors
paranoia      hearing voices      seeing things that aren't there
binge eating     purging food     extremely underweight      obesity
self-cutting/self-harming behaviors      excessive use of alcohol or drugs
6. If you are experiencing "suicidal thoughts," "homicidal thoughts," "self-cutting/self-harming behaviors," or "bizarre or unusual behaviors," please explain in more detail.
7. Tell me more about any other symptoms you checked above:
8. Tell me about any previous psychiatric hospitalizations (when, where, why), any previous or current mental health counseling, any previous or current psychiatric medications you have taken (when, what, and any benefits or side effects), and any previous or current diagnoses you been given. If none, write "none."
9. Tell me about any medical problems you have or have had - chronic illnesses, traumatic injuries, head injuries, major surgeries, chronic pain. If none, write "none."
10. Tell me about your history of using alcohol and drugs, including cigarettes and any abuse of medications. For example, tell me when you started using alcohol, when it became a problem (if it did), and your current use in the past year and past week. The same for any other drugs - marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, etc.. If you have no history, then write "none."
11. Tell me anything else you think would be helpful for me to know:
12. Choose the service you prefer: ****   
13. Are you going to complete Questionnaire Part Two ( (highly recommended): 
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