It begins with a conversation…
To figure out if I am the right fit for you, we will start off with a free phone consultation that lasts approximately 15-30 minutes. We will discuss what brings you or your child to therapy and what you hope to get from the process. You will also get a chance to ask me questions. If the fit feels right, we can then schedule an appointment.
before meeting a child, i meet with parent(s)
Because you are the expert on your child and because our working relationship is important, I meet with you first. It may take more than one session for me to get the best sense from you about your child's history and the influence of the problem. I prefer to meet with both parents, if possible, either separately or together.
i check in with parents frequently
Generally, I like to schedule in-person parent meetings on a regular basis. How often we meet depends on how old your child is and what is bringing he or she to therapy. If in-person sessions are not practical, regular phone check-ins also work.
I consult with other care providers
It is important that I reach out to other professionals in your child's life to get a fuller picture of what is going on. I only do this with your explicit, specific permission.
i care about your past and family history
Early life and family histories are relevant to treatment. Childhood experiences affect us in both positive and adverse ways. Families are also very efficient at passing feelings and patterns along across generations. Some of these patterns provide comfort and connection. Some get in the way. Recognizing these patterns opens up the possibilities for change.
therapy can take time
Depending on the history and depth of the problem, therapy can take anywhere between a handful of months to a number of years. I will work with you to set goals and expectations.
therapy can bring up difficult feelings and surprising behaviors
Though therapy can be healing, the process is not always easy. Painful feelings or memories emerge. Sometimes you may feel worse before you feel better. With children, acting-out behaviors may surface as emotions are uncovered or feel safe to express.
and…chances are good that you will feel better
You are coming to therapy to feel better or to change behaviors. That is my goal for you as well. While I cannot guarantee absolutely positive results (it’s just too complex a process), at every step I will help you to feel safe and capable. I have faith in you and the therapeutic process and will check in to make sure things are going in a positive direction for you.
Confidentiality: Protecting your privacy
As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, it is my ethical and legal duty to protect a clients' privacy. This means that I do not reveal what I hear or what happens in session without informed, explicit consent. I also protect clients' identities by not confirming or denying to others whom I see for treatment, unless I have express permission to do so.to learn more
exceptions to confidentiality
There are times when I am legally required to break confidentiality. These situations include (but are not limited to):
If I have a reasonable suspicion a child, elder, or dependent adult is being abused
If a client is a clear or imminent danger to themselves or someone else
confidentiality and minors
Psychotherapy is most effective when your child understands that what we discuss is private. When I have serious concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, such as in the case of suicidal ideation, I will inform you of my concerns. In other cases where I think it would be helpful for you to know something, I will work with your child or teen to find appropriate ways to communicate with you.
Interested in a free phone consultation? Contact me.