Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need therapy or is it just a phase?
If you have noticed challenging behaviors from your child or teen, therapy sessions can be the support they may need. Challenging behaviors such as tantrums/meltdowns, isolation, defiance, disrespectfulness, trouble in school, excessive worry, etc. most often point to a deeper emotional challenge that my therapeutic process can help address, teaching your child or teen how to cope in a more regulated, healthy way.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Sliding scale rates are offered depending on the needs of my caseload. If no slots are available, I can do my best to refer you to a colleague who may have a slot available.
How long does therapy take?
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how long this process will take for you and/or your child. I like to see my clients for at least 3 months (about 15 sessions) for that is usually the time frame in which we can tell if we are making progress or not, or if we are complete.
I often ask parents I work with to think of this process as you would when recovering from physical illness. We want to give the time and space for full healing to occur, so that we don't encounter more problems in the long-term. This is an investment that can help set you and your child up for success throughout their life.
What is my role as a parent if my child is in therapy?
I will always encourage parents to be involved in the therapeutic process if possible. Each week, I will see your child for 45 minutes and speak to you for a 15 minute check in where we will discuss your challenges at home and connect them with what I see in session with your child. In my experience, the more engaged a parent is in their own process, the faster and deeper the change and transformation with their child occurs. I also offer full hour parent coaching sessions separate to your child's process, and may suggest these from time to time if it feels supportive.
Do you see children or families going through divorce or separation?
I have a lot of experience working with families of divorce/separation, and because of this, I have found that my therapeutic process is only supportive if the divorce has been finalized for at least 6 months, and no active citations or petitions to the court are present. For families who are separating, it is required that the co-parenting relationship is little to no conflict, and that both parents agree to therapy sessions for their child. In all of these cases, my role is to offer emotional support to the children of divorce, not to become involved in any legal family matters.