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Child Counseling FAQ’s

I have some questions, can you help me?

We know you have a number of questions when it comes to your child and their best care. There are some frequently asked questions, and they are listed below.

If you don’t see a question you have, please reach out to our office to find out more. We have helpful staff, ready to assist and answer your questions along the way.

We are also including our FAQs here or you are welcome to call our office to let us know the best way to assist you and your family.

How will I know if my child needs therapy?

When it comes to child counseling, this is a question asked by many parents. In many case, parents often seek out therapy for their child when they have tried every strategy, consequence or reward that they can think of for changing negative behavior.

Do you see any of the following in your child’s behavior (short list of examples only):

  • Persistent sadness
  • Withdrawal
  • Unexplained fears or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Regressive behavior
  • Excessive worry
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Physical symptoms
  • Frequent tantrums
  • Increased aggressiveness
  • Excessive fear of separation

Or perhaps the child is struggling with an adjustment or loss (deployment, death, new school) and a parent senses their child may need extra help with dealing with their emotions. Sometimes having a neutral, trained professional be the sounding board is the most effective next step.

We are always happy to meet with you and discuss your concerns as well as offer information about how therapy could help your child. We offer a free fifteen (15) minute consultation with the therapist prior to booking an appointment.

What should I expect from therapy for my child?

The first session is primarily information gathering about what your concerns are, how long things have been concerning you and how you will know when your child is better. For children 12 and under, we ask to meet with the parents first to understand their concerns and observations.

We will also help identify the treatment goals and explain how we develop a plan for how often to meet, based on your child’s issues. This will be validated by the therapist after meeting with the child in order to provide the best treatment goals.

During one on one with a child in the first session, the rules about confidentially are explained and information about how therapy works are shared. We will also involve the parents, as appropriate, at the end of the session to reinforce the progress and expected outcomes from the session.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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