How quickly can we get in for a consultation?
We will always try to schedule you and your child’s initial consultation as soon as possible. The free consultation is a 30-minute phone call to gather information, answer any questions, and determine if we are the right fit for your family’s needs. After the consultation, if it is appropriate and you are ready to begin, we will schedule a first intake session to meet, go over paperwork, and talk more about the therapeutic process.
If your child is severely distressed and/or you are concerned about them hurting themselves, we urge you not to wait. Please call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room for an evaluation.
What’s the difference between child and adolescent counseling versus talking to family, friends and teachers?
As therapists, we will help your child approach their situation in a new way by teaching them new skills, presenting different perspectives, and helping them listen to their own heart and intuition. Therapy is a safe place where kids and adolescents can be themselves with a skilled professional who knows how to navigate the complexities a young person’s development. It is also confidential. There are some limits to this confidentiality, but, for the most part, what your child or teen says to us, stays with us.
Does my child need medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy, but it alone cannot solve most issues. Medication treats biochemical imbalances and helps alleviate symptoms. We do not evaluate for medication and will refer you to a medical professional, whether a physician or psychiatrist, if we feel it will support your child’s wellness. Our work typically focuses on exploring the root of the issue, expanding emotional tolerance and regulation, and learning new tools and skills that can help accomplish goals and improve wellbeing.
What happens during sessions?
Because each child and teenager has different issues and goals, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your child’s specific needs. Please feel free to ask this during your consultation after we know more about your specific situation.
How long does counseling take to achieve results?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and it is difficult to determine how long therapy takes to achieve the desired outcome. The length of therapy depends on many different factors, including you and/or your child’s readiness to accomplish goals. I will always utilize techniques that are the most direct avenue to your child’s inherent wellness.
What can I do to help this process?
We are so glad you are dedicated to helping your child get the most out of their sessions! Your active participation and dedication is crucial to their success. It’s the work YOU do outside of our sessions that will provide your child with the most opportunity for success. Often, we will recommend Parent Consultation as an adjunct to therapy so you know exactly how to support your child with the new skills they are learning.