Once your first appointment is scheduled, you will be given some forms to complete. The first appointment takes the longest (about 90 minutes) and is considered an intake process, as it provides us with enough time to gather all of your information, get to know each other and start developing your goals or what is also called a treatment plan.
With children, the first session will be spent mostly with the parent or caregiver. However, your child is given the opportunity to begin exploring the play room which consists of toys, games and other art materials. After all the necessary information is gathered, we will take time, if your child is willing, to begin the rapport building process. As counseling or play therapy with children progresses, we might include parent-child sessions, or family sessions in order to provide the best outcomes for your child. As research supports, involving family in a child’s treatment tends to result in better outcomes.
Our next sessions will be 45-50 minutes in length with a few minutes at the end to schedule our next session. Your sessions will be guided by the treatment plan we make together.