How do I know if I am ready for therapy?
Most likely if you’re here on this website, then you’re ready for the type of therapy that can help you or your family. Seeking professional help is often the big factor in getting past many big barriers we carry in life.
Whether you’re experiencing high anxiety or depression, fear, self-judgment, going through a rocky time in your relationships, difficulty with your child or teen, we’re able to help you get through this time. Taking this step will help you approach these difficulties from a new and more productive light.
How do I know which therapist will be a good fit for me or my child?
When it comes to deciding on a therapist, it is often difficult to know for sure that it is a good fit. The most important part of the process is you feeling comfortable and developing a connection with the therapist you choose. You can decide to speak with the therapist for a consultation prior to coming in or many allow the first few sessions to see if it will be a good fit moving forward.
How do I talk to my child about starting therapy?
Even if you are confident that starting therapy would be good for your child and family, you may be unsure on how to discuss this with your child. Some children are very open to the process and even excited, while others may be hard on themselves or think something is wrong with them. It is important to normalize this process as much as possible discussing with them that it is a good thing to reach out for support and get help when people need. You should also let them know that the whole family will be getting support so they won’t feel alone in the process or feel that they are the “problem”. If you are having concerns about finding a therapist or talking to your child about starting therapy feel free to download our free guide on How to Talk to Your Child about Therapy.
What if my child needs more services?
It can be overwhelming when thinking about what will be best for your child. You may be unsure exactly what your child would most benefit from. Whether you are thinking therapy, medication, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or a neuropsychological evaluation (or a combination) we can help guide you in making these decisions based upon our time with your child and family.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, we do not prescribe medication. It is a psychiatrist that prescribes medication however typically does not conduct the therapy. Psychiatrists are more focused on asking specific questions to explore the best medication for you as well as your response to medication.
Your therapist can, however, help evaluate whether you may need to move forward with a medication evaluation. If so, they may be able to offer you some medication referrals.
When medication is needed or benefited from, therapy should be considered in combination with medication. Many times, people think it should be one or the other. However, this usually is not the case. Your therapist can help explore with you whether supplementing medication may be the right fit in your situation and provide referrals when needed.
How does confidentiality work in therapy?
Everything we talk about in therapy is confidential except under certain circumstances. We request written permission for any release of information when connecting with outside networks (i.e., schools, extended family). In working with teenagers, we often hold some information confidential in efforts to preserve the relationship between the teen and therapist.
Some of the limits of confidentiality in therapy include:
● Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
● If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
● If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.