What Can I Expect During the Initial Meeting?
During the initial consultation, your child or teen and yourself will meet with the therapist. The initial meeting is designed to build rapport with you and your child or teen, obtain information related to the reason counseling services are being sought out and the formulation of treatment goals.
Do You Collaborate with Outside Providers for My Child?
Many of our clients have additional outside providers, such as a psychiatrist, school social worker/counselor, speech therapist or occupational therapist that we are happy to collaborate with. This outside collaboration helps to ensure all providers are on the same page with treatment goals and progress. A release of information would need to be signed for each outside provider before initial contact can be made.
How Can Therapy Help My Child?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, impulse control, emotional regulation, ADHD, school refusal, and parent-child conflict. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Learning new coping skills/strategies
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do You Take Insurance, And How Does That Work?
When calling to schedule an initial appointment with one of our providers, our receptionist will request all your insurance information. She will then use this information to verify your benefits and share this information with you. This information will help you to be additionally prepared for the initial appointment by knowing what financial responsibility you will have, if any, for each session.
Is Everything Shared With My Therapist Confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, School Counselor), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires therapists to report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.