How do I know if it’s time to bring my child or teen to see a therapist?
Every child experiences up and downs as they face new situations, more academic and social demands, changes in the family structure and search for their own personal identity. Just as adults do, children respond differently to changes that life brings their way.
Sometimes these changes in mood and behavior come and go, but other times children and teens may experience disruption in their daily functioning. This is when it is a good idea for children and teens to meet with a therapist – when the behavior can be worked with and positive changes can be made.
Psychotherapy provides children a safe space to process the necessary emotions so that they can move forward and live happy, productive lives – and so they can enjoy being a kid again.
What is my first step if I think therapy might be beneficial for my child?
The best first step is usually for the parent and/or child to meet with me in person to see if there is a good fit. Feeling comfortable with your therapist lays the foundation for making positive changes in therapy. For this reason, we offer a 15 minute free phone consultation to address any questions and ensure it is the right fit for you.
How often will we meet and how long will it take for my child or teen to feel better?
Everyone wants their child to feel better ASAP. But every situation is different. Some children feel better in a few sessions, but it often takes more time for the underlying issues causing the problem to be worked through. Just as when your child has a cold or flu, they need the time and space to let their bodies heal. Therapy usually works in the same way.
How does it work? What does my child have to do in sessions?
Because each child or teen has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to the individual’s specific needs.
How often will we meet and how long for it to start working?
Everyone wants to feel better and see results ASAP. But every situation is different. Some start to feel better in a few sessions, but it often takes more time for the underlying issues causing the problem to be worked through.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way – teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. It can help to have a good support group, and talking to friends and family can certainly be just that. But unlike most family and friends, a therapist has professional training and experience. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Does it mean I’m weak/broken if I go to therapy?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In fact, about 42% of all Americans have seen a therapist at some point in their lives. In our work together, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
I want to get the most out of my therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For all other insurances, we are out of network, but we can provide a detailed “superbill” for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. You can also make a payment online by visiting our payment portal. Payment is due before or at the beginning of each session.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Life happens! We understand situations arise where you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so more than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. Appointments that are not cancelled on time will be charged the full fee.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some situations, medication can be effective – but it alone cannot solve all issues. In fact, counseling is often needed and recommended in conjunction with medication, and vice versa. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths to help you accomplish your personal goals.
My child is a minor and I want to know what you discussed in session and touch back with their therapist - how do I do that?
We are happy to touch base with you. If it is a quick check in, we can schedule a phone call, but if it will be longer than that we will book a parent session, either online or in the office.