Therapy with Teens: What to Expect

free initial phone consultation

Therapy always starts with an initial 15-30 minute phone consultation. I’ll ask you about what is going on for your teenager and your family. You can also ask me questions. From there, we decide if I am a good fit.

first appointment WITH PARENTS

If we are a good fit, I schedule a meeting with you in person. I prefer to meet all of the teens parents, either together or separately, depending on your preference and situation. In this meeting, we talk in depth about your adolescent’s strengths and challenges as well as your expectations for therapy. I will have important forms for you to both sign and take home to fill out. In some cases I may recommend more than one initial parent meeting.

From there we schedule a time for me to meet your teen. I will also send you an invitation to my secure client portal and messaging app, Spruce, both HIPAA-compliant.

First appointment with your Teen

We identify a regular date and time for your teen’s weekly appointments that works for their schedule as well. When I first meet with him or her, we will spend some time developing a relationship and figuring out if we are a good therapeutic match.

the first 4-6 weeks of therapy

I spend the first month or so of therapy getting to know your adolescent and getting a deeper understanding of what is going on and how best to approach it. I do this while we talk, play games, and make artwork. As we do these things, I pay attention to themes and behaviors, which give me a clue to their inner and outer world. At the end of this assessment period, with your and their input, I create a treatment plan. This plan is a blueprint for the course of therapy.

parent meetings

Because we are partners working together in support of your child, it is important we check in when necessary either in person or on the phone. Therapy is most effective with your support. I see your teen for just an hour or two each week. You know them best and see her or him in a variety of different places and times.

Because teens are becoming independent and getting ready to launch into adulthood, I schedule parent check-ins on an as-needed basis, depending on what is best for the client.

when is therapy over?

Depending on the issues presented, therapy can take a few months to a year or longer. I discuss my treatment time estimates with you. And sometimes it is helpful for your teen to come back on occasion for a tune-up, particularly during stressful or transitional times.

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