Why is the first session only with parents/adults if my issue is with my child?

We know that most of the issues or behavioral concerns you have with your child we will not witness in an initial session with our therapists. Those are best observed at school, home or places where the behavior tends to persist. This is why we feel we can attain and discover what is best for your child moving forward if we thoroughly get the parents’ concerns and history first. In this way, a better treatment plan can be attained. Call us to set up your first session.

How long is a session?

One Hour

What is the difference between prevention and intervention? Why do you say you work in prevention?

We always say that it is much easier for us to help a 3-year-old get through the rough first days at preschool than it is to help the 8-year-old get through 3rd grade.  This idea of prevention, getting at the situation before it becomes an issue, leads our core belief:  if we give you the right information, you’re going to make the right choice for your child.  This also holds true for a middle-schooler.  It’s much easier for us to help the 5th grader to think what it’s going to be like to go into 6th, 7th & 8th grade (that’s prevention), than it is to help the 17-year-old that has gotten themselves into a situation and now face criminal &/or critical emotional issues (that’s intervention).  So, we are all about preventing the hurt and the issues that result from the hurt.  

What is a Social Emotional Family Group?

When we ask parents what they want for their children, most respond with, “I want them to be happy, productive and fulfilled in life.’  The best way to attain this is to have healthy social emotional development.  Social Emotional Development helps us to handle and label our emotions, develop empathy and concern for others, maintain relationships, know how to make decisions/problem solve, and handle challenging situations in a positive and ethical manner. 

Our groups are set up to help the parents/caregivers understand where they are in their social emotional development so they can then understand and help their child master and gain their social emotional markers. Once that is achieved then the group helps each family find their unique parenting style and discipline.  We always fit our expertise to the family, rather than asking a family to follow some set of predetermined rules/techniques, most families can’t keep up long term.

The children in the group are introduced to emotional language, play games and have activities that promotes and helps them practice those skills needed in mastering healthy social emotional heath.  The group becomes a space where children can safely practice the act of expressing feelings and vulnerable experiences with their peers. Join a Group

why are the groups 12 sessions long?

Change comes in bursts and regressions. We know that the brain takes time to change a behavior or habit.  We find that 12 sessions is the right amount of time to obtain, understand and integrate new information for both parents and their children.  We know that true change in group for children comes after the 8th session of our groups.  

do you follow a particular parenting style or program?

No we do not.  We understand the importance of those programs available to parents.  However, each of these programs carries with them a particular value system.  Many times parents can find a program that closely mirrors their value system and in those moments the parenting program is highly valuable.  But often, parents cannot follow the program effectively, consistently and find themselves feeling shame.  We like to work with the parent to discover their expectations, values, and history, and then together find that particular parent’s style.

is it wrong to follow a Parenting program?

No, of course not. There is often research and value in those programs.  Listen, read, and understand the parenting programs that are out there, but make sure that you take what you like and leave the rest.  Children know when we are "trying on" a style and not being authentic.  So eventually the "parenting technique or style" doesn't work because the little one does not recognize their parent.  All programs and techniques are important because at the end of the day it makes us as parents think about our parenting and what we want for our children.  If you can take the course and continue to honor your goals as a parent and not let "the program" make you feel as if you "should" do it a particular way then go for it!  Any information is good as long as we make it our own.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance. The insurance company’s rule is that whomever is receiving psychological treatment has to meet the criteria of a mental health diagnosis for the insurance company to pay for psychotherapy services.  Since we work primarily with children and adolescents, more often than not, they do not meet full criteria for a mental health diagnosis. Thus, we are not part of an insurance panel.  
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