Dr. Joseph M. Ripperger, MD
Serving behavioral healthcare needs throughout the Bow Valley
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New Patients

Though millions of Canadians suffer from depression, anxiety, ADD, or substance abuse, every individual's experience is different – everything from the signs and symptoms of the disorder, all the way down to its cause. This means the recovery process must be equally unique to each person seeking treatment. Our clinic specializes in developing individualized plans for our patients. If you are interested in becoming a new patient, please review this page carefully.

What to expect during your first session:

Your first session will usually last 45-60 minutes. The focus will be on determining the specific nature of your problem and outlining an initial treatment plan. This is primarily an information-gathering meeting and will not involve much talk therapy. At the conclusion of this session, you will be given specific recommendations in order to begin treatment. 

We will reserve this time specifically for you. If you are going to be late, please call our office. Also, call 48 hours prior to your appointment to confirm your attendance. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you have cancelled your appointment. If you feel more comfortable being accompanied by a friend or relative, please feel free to invite them.

Prior to your appointment, please complete the
 NEW PATIENT PACKET and bring the original to our office. It generally takes one hour to complete this packet; filling it out ahead of time allows for better use of your session time.

Again, 48-hour notice is required to confirm your initial appointment, and 24-hour notice is required for all cancellations thereafter; you will otherwise be billed for the session. This charge will be at the doctor's discretion. Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of missed appointments. You will be responsible for the charge.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office. We look forward to meeting you!


~Dr. Ripperger

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