For children and adolescents: During the initial intake session I will meet with the primary caretakers to gain a complete and thorough history and evaluation of areas of concern, needs, and goals for treatment as well as address any confidentiality concerns. During the initial session we will discuss family history, child’s developmental history, current behaviors and symptoms and my treatment approaches and techniques. A treatment plan will be discussed at this time and specific recommendations will be made regarding recommended therapeutic interventions, home based interventions for parents to work on and any further evaluation or referrals which may be needed.
I may make referrals for additional services if necessary including Psychiatry (for medication evaluation), Psychological (for in depth testing), Medical, Legal or additional Community Based Services. At this time questions will be answered, reading material will be given to parents, including suggestions for further reading and a Child Behavior Checklist will be given for parents to fill out and bring back to establish a baseline for data collection. Progress will be recorded via parent report, therapist observation, client self report and data collection via the Child Behavior Checklist.
For children, sessions will consist of various forms of Play Therapy, including but not limited to:
- Art therapy-the use of drawing, painting and other forms of creative expression
- Narrative therapy-storytelling to elicit themes and emotions
- Toys, including puppets, figurines, dollhouse, etc.
- Role plays
These methods are used sometimes in conjunction with but also in lieu of traditional talk therapy with children and adolescents who are often unable to use words to express themselves or communicate emotions. Children and teens respond extremely well to being able to express themselves creatively in a safe setting while learning appropriate ways to manage and communicate feelings.
As mentioned above, a complete and thorough history and evaluation of areas of concern, needs, and goals for treatment. During the initial session we will discuss family history, current symptoms and my treatment approaches and techniques as well as any confidentiality concerns. A treatment plan will be discussed at this time and specific recommendations will be made regarding recommended therapeutic interventions, home based interventions for parents to work on and any further evaluation or referrals which may be needed.
How long will sessions last?
- The intake appointment can last anywhere from 60-75+ minutes depending on the complexity of the issues presented
- A typical play therapy session will last between 45-60 minutes but may be longer depending on types of techniques used
- Adult sessions last between 45-60 minutes
What hours are available?
Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5:30 pm. I will make every effort to accommodate busy schedules.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself the therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
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