Getting Started With Child & Teen Therapy
Set Up An Introductory Call
Contact me to schedule a free 15 minute introductory phone call. We’ll talk about what you are looking for help with. I’ll respond to your questions. Curious about insurance and pricing? See my FAQ page.
Come In To Meet
If we decide to meet in person, you will receive a link to my secure client portal via email. You will complete a brief questionnaire and familiarize yourself with my practice policies. After that, you'll have access to the portal access billing information and to cancel or schedule appointments.
The first appointment is with a parent or parents only (without the child). It is usually longer (75 minutes) than usual therapy sessions (45 minutes). It gives us a chance to have a candid, private conversation about your child. I will orient you to my practice, provide some feedback and give you a preview of possible next steps.
Introduce Your Child
I meet with a child or teenager at the next appointment. A parent usually comes in for the beginning of my first meeting with a younger child. For adolescents, it's up to you and your child. Make sure to speak with your child about the appointment before bringing him or her in - no surprises. Let me know if you want ideas on how to frame therapy.
After the first 2-3 meetings with your child (which are an initial assessment period) I’ll meet with you again to debrief. We’ll talk about my initial impressions and the plan moving forward. This includes the goals, an estimate how long the therapy will last, and what the parent consultation piece will look like for you. If we decide we’re not a fit to work together, I’ll provide you with additional resources or referrals.
Early on, my focus will be on getting to know your child (and you). I will try to see your child through your eyes while also developing my own impressions. Sessions are usually 45 minutes long, once a week. The frequency and length of the sessions may vary depending upon your child’s needs.
Therapy is a form of learning. Behavior change and implementation of new patterns takes its own time. The length of the treatment is flexible, but regular attendance is necessary. Results can be compromised if your child does not attend consistently.
Plan for Parent Meetings
Expect that parent meetings will be scheduled outside of your child's therapy sessions. We will talk about your child's therapeutic goals and progress and how they can be supported at home and at school. This is particularly true for younger children. If your child is in middle school or older, we will discuss how to adapt this in respect of his or her age/developmental stage.