How does therapy work?
Typically, your child will see the therapist for 45-50 minute sessions. Your therapist will meet with you or e-mail you regarding treatment plan periodically throughout treatment to ensure therapy is carried over into the home environment. Depending on the severity of the presenting problem, you will meet weekly in the first month to establish relational trust and conduct thorough assessment of the problem and then bi-weekly until the problem subsides. Therapist may increase or decrease frequency to fit your family’s specific needs.
What is play therapy?
Here is a play therapy video that will help you understand more about this aspect of child counseling.
.... toys are the child's words! Initially developed in the turn of the 20th century, today play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
How long will my child be in therapy?
It depends on the case but mostly older children and teens come every 2 weeks and younger children every week. When beginning treatment, it is important to attend therapy frequently and consistently to establish a therapeutic relationship and trust with your child/teen.
Does my therapist prescribe medication?
Your therapist is not qualified to prescribe medication. If you are searching for help with medication or have questions about medicating your child, your therapist will refer you to the following qualified professionals: 1.) A Primary Care Physician 2.) A Child/ Adolescent Psychiatrist
For more questions related to qualifications of mental health practitioners, you can take a look at this website: Types of Mental Health Practitioners
Can my therapist testify in court for child custody cases?
Your therapist is not qualified as an expert witness. Please inform your therapist if you are needing this service so that he/she can help address your specific needs. Should you need this type of service during a divorce or custody case, your therapist will refer you to someone who can testify in court and is trained to do so.
How are parents involved in therapy?
Parents are a critical part of the counseling process. You therapist sees parents for the first session to obtain information and goals. Parents are also seen throughout the process of therapy. Typically, your therapist will see parents on a monthly basis, however, we may need to meet more or less frequently depending upon your child’s unique needs.
What should I tell my child about coming in for therapy?
Play therapy is special play room where kids can play and this can help children feel better.Here is a video you and your child can watch to learn more about what to expect in play therapy.
Do you work with my child’s school?
Your therapist will collaborate with teachers in any way you determine is necessary for the wellbeing of your child. This may be through e-mails, phone consultations or school observations. If your therapist visits your child’s school for observation or meetings with teachers/ principals, you will be charged the regular amount per session for this service.