What are the benefits of therapy?
Working with a therapist can help your child gain insight and support, while learning new strategies to manage all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, and general life transitions.
What type of therapy do you practice?
I primarily use solution-focused brief therapy which means that I am most interested in my client's current situation. Understanding past events that have shaped a client's current situation is important. However, my main goal in therapy is to provide support so that my clients can take action that moves them closer to solving a problem. I primarily use cognitive behavioral, family systems therapy, and psycho-educational psychological counseling techniques.
What is parent consultation?
Consulting sessions can assist parents develop more effective parenting skills or get feedback on the strategies they are currently using. Consulting sessions are problem-solving oriented. Some examples of consultation topics include academic improvement strategies, helping your child with peer relations, appropriate limit setting, as well as getting objective feedback about your child in relation to what is developmentally expected. We can also determine through consultation if therapy is appropriate or not for your child.
Is therapy right for my child?
Seeking therapy should be a family decision. It is a good option if you have exhausted your own strategies or if you or your child is feeling "stuck" to find resolution to a particular problem. It is ideal to get your child to come to counseling voluntarily. However, if that is not possible, I am still able to work with you through parent consultation until your child is ready for counseling.
Does my child need therapy?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while your child may have successfully navigated through other difficulties they have faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when needed. Seeking counseling is a responsible step by accepting where your child is at in life. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving your child the tools needed to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges they face.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each client and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your child's life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when your child is asked to take certain actions outside of the counseling sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important for your child to process what has been discussed and integrate it into his or her life between sessions.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.