The initial appointment is an assessment. This is where you will sign consent forms and learn the expectations of therapy. The assessment gives your counselor a better idea as to who your child is and what their concerns are on a daily basis. You can get to know your counselor and learn about her therapy style. You familiarize yourself with the therapy room and flow of session.
After the initial appointment you will make 1 appointment or reoccurring appointments to start therapy and each session is 50 minutes long. Your counselor is mindful of your time and will plan each session carefully for your child. Please be on time for sessions so you have the full session to work on goals.
A plan of care will also be developed with you, your child and your counselor. This will be your guide in therapy and help you know what to expect as therapy begins. Goals will be made together to improve your child’s circumstance.
Parents are welcomed into the therapy space within the comfort of their child. Some kids like having one on one time with their therapist while others prefer to have their parent in the therapy room. Your counselor will provide you with a check in at the beginning of each session and a wrap up at the end. This keeps you in the loop but also protects the integrity of the relationship between counselor and client.
Each session is structured with a beginning, middle and end. Each session includes teaching/practicing skills, role playing, therapeutic game play and lots of fun! Many children learn best and are open when they are engaged in an interactive game or activity.
You and your child will be asked to practice skills, use tools and provide feedback each session. This helps the counselor to gauge improvements and do more of what is working.