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COMMON QUESTIONS:

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Please see the questions below for answers to common inquiries we receive about child therapy. Additionally, please keep in mind that these answers are broad statements. Counselors' therapy models and interactions are tailored to fit your child specifically. Much like each child, our therapists bring their own unique styles and personalities. 

What is play therapy? / Why is my therapist playing with my child?

Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.

What does the therapy process look like? 

The  therapy process begins with an intake. Here the therapist will gather detailed information on your child and the history of your presenting concern.  By the end of this session, the therapist will have a set of goals for the therapeutic process.  The initial sessions with your child will focus on building a relationship and helping orient them to therapy and the therapeutic room.  From there, your therapist will have a personalized plan for working with your child to meet their goals. During your consultation call or intake, you may discuss with the therapist their approaches to best understand what therapy may look like for your child.

Can I leave the office?

Please remain on-site while your child is in therapy. We want to ensure you are readily accessible in the event of an emergency.  We have coffee, tea, water, and wifi available in our waiting room for your comfort and convenience. 

Am I allowed to be in session with my child?  / As the parent, what will my involvement be in the therapeutic process and in sessions?

As your child's parent, your insight and support is invaluable. Your therapist will work with you on a plan for communication, reviewing confidentiality needs for all involved parties. You may be invited into the therapeutic office at times. Your therapist will continue to provide you with updates on how you can support your child's treatment. This may look like practicing coping skills or modeling new communication patterns or creating space for additional processing or emotional recovery. As their most consistent and powerful support system, we want to support you in carrying the work they do in therapy into their everyday life. 

How do I talk to my child about therapy? 

We encourage you to talk openly and honestly with your child about coming to therapy. You can share it with them the same way you would a doctor's appointment. To support us in building a strong relationship, please do not trick or bribe your child into coming to therapy. During your intake, you will have an opportunity to talk with your therapist about how to present therapy to your child. 

How do I get started?

Please take a look at our therapists' biographies and reach out directly via phone or email to the therapist of your interest. You may also contact our administrative team to verify openings and get matched with a potential therapist.  From there you will schedule a free consultation to discuss presenting issues and your desired outcomes and goals for therapy.

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