All therapy begins with assessment and the establishment of an intervention plan.
The first appointment will be a "parents-only" session. We will discuss your concerns in detail and review the intake information as part of a necessary assessment process. I cannot help your child unless I understand your child’s and family’s specific areas of need, priorities and goals and the barriers towards meeting those goals.
The second appointment will include your child. This gives your child an opportunity to meet me and, if they are so inclined, to talk with me about anything that concerns them, and get comfortable with me by engaging in some play activities of their choice. This opportunity to have a playful meeting with me allows us to build a rapport as a foundation for deeper therapeutic work.
These first two sessions are key parts of the assessment process helps us to establish an intervention plan to meet your child's and family's needs. The intervention plan may include any of the following on their own or in combination, depending on assessed need and future developments:
While it is often difficult to determine how many sessions a child may need to work through mental health issues, we will be in discussions on a regular basis to monitor your child's progress through your reports of functional changes and determine appropriate end points.
Ideally, a child is aware that therapy will be concluding prior to the final session as the therapeutic journey requires a significant level of trust and safety. Having an unexpected "final session" can leave some children feeling abandoned by the therapist, potentially undermining their sense of trust in others.
Therapy sessions are: