How do I know my child needs therapy?
Has you child recently experienced a traumatic event or major life change such as loss of a loved one, divorce, adoption, a move, starting school etc? Some children struggle with transitions or in the aftermath of traumatic events. If your child is exhibiting “abnormal” behaviors that are impeding their ability to be successful and happy over an extended period of time; it may be time to consider therapy.
What is a parent/caregiver’s role in therapy?
Parents/caregivers play a crucial role in the success of their child. We will periodically touch base without your child present so that I can update you on their progress in therapy and share strategies that may be helpful in supporting your child at home.
These parent only sessions will also provide an opportunity for you to provide me with information about any major changes in your child’s behavior as well as update me on important events that have occurred outside of therapy.
Will you tell me what my child says in therapy?
It is my belief that client/therapist confidentiality is extremely important in building trust and rapport with your child. I will ALWAYS let you know if your child is expressing anything that concerns their safety. I will also check in with you periodically to update you on general themes that your child is presenting in therapy and provide you with suggestions on how you can support your child at home.
What do I say to my child before their first session with you?
“Lately you’ve been having a tough time at home (or at school). You’re going to have some special play time with a therapist named Amanda. Amanda has a playroom with a lot of toys that you can play with in many of the ways that you would like. Amanda will not make you do anything that you are uncomfortable doing and you do not have to talk about anything that you don’t want to. Your special play time with Amanda will normally be at the same time each week. Sometimes Amanda and I will need to talk about how you are doing.”
“Lately you’ve been having a tough time at home (or at school). You’re going to meet with a therapist named Amanda. She’s got an office with lots of things you may find interesting such as games and art supplies. Amanda won’t make you do anything you’re not comfortable doing and you do not have to talk about anything that you don’t want to. What you talk about with Amanda will be mostly private, but she may talk with me once in awhile on how I can help support you at home.”