How quickly can we get in for a consultation?
I will always try to schedule you and your child’s initial consultation as soon as possible. If your child is severely distressed and/or you are concerned about them hurting themselves, I 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 a therapist, I 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 me, stays with me.
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. I will recommend medication when I feel it will support your child’s wellness. Most of the work I focus on with your child is around exploring the root of the issue, digging deep into behavior, and learning new tools and skills that can help them accomplish their goals.
What happens during sessions?
Because each child and teenager has different issues and goals, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your child’s specific needs. Please feel free to ask me this during our consultation after I know more about your specific situation.
How long does counseling take to achieve results?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of therapy depends on your child’s readiness to accomplish their 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?
I am 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, I will recommend Parent Coaching as an adjunct to therapy so you know exactly how to support your child with the new skills they are learning.