What Happens When I Contact You?
Over the phone we will discuss basic information, including contact information, presenting problem, insurance, and any questions you may have. If I miss your phone call, I will return it within 24 hours.
Confidentiality begins at initial contact. Confidentiality will only be broken if there is reported abuse or neglect of children, elderly or disabled persons. If I have reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or as threatened to harm another person. If there is a court order.
Children & Adolescents
During the initial appointment I will meet with both you and your child for the entire session. It is ideal if both parents/guardians are able to attend this appointment. We will discuss pertinent history, how you have tried to solve it, parenting styles, communication between you and your child, behavior, school, peer relationships, sibling relationships and general family dynamics.
Sometimes sensitive information needs to discussed without your child present. If this is the case, I will speak to you alone.
For subsequent sessions the more involved you can be in your child's therapy, the better. With children sessions may vary between individual and family therapy. For young children, appointments vary in time from 30 to 55 minutes based on the child's attention span.
Adults & Couples
The therapy process is different for every person. At your first appointment expect to discuss the issue bringing you to therapy, relevant personal history and any prior counseling. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term or long-term We will also identify your therapy goals.
If you are seeking couples therapy, both you and your partner must be present for the initial appointment and all subsequent sessions. This ensures that I remain balanced and unbiased when working with you.
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