I am sure you have questions, so let’s see if this helps…
We are already too busy, how will we find time to come in?
Understandably, everyone is so busy these days, and time may be part of the problem! Yet, we can start with a phone call, and then meet and talk about your time constraints and see how we can work together. I have two different office locations on various days of the week, with hours in the evenings and early mornings if that works for you.
What problems do you work with for kids and teens?
I help both children and teens find positive solutions (along with the family) for the following concerns:
- Acting out/Tantrums
- Peer or Sibling problems
- Family issues
- Parent and Child conflict
- School concerns
- Poor self-esteem
- Adjustment to changes
- Child/ Adolescent development concerns
How often will my child/teen or myself/partner or family need to come?
Well, that depends on what your concerns are and what is happening with your child/teen or in your family. Each family is unique and I usually will discuss this with you after our first session and I’ve had a chance to understand what’s going on. Typically, I like to work with clients on a weekly basis so we can really get going on understanding your situation and working on whatever issues you are concerned about. I have found that most people benefit from coming to weekly sessions rather than just coming every once in awhile. We can certainly discuss your schedule and work together to come up with the best plan for you and your family.
How do I know if you will be the right therapist for my child/teen or myself?
For starters, read through my website and specifically the “About” page and the Services page, this will give you an overview of who I am and the work I do with clients. Secondly, I offer a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to potential clients during which you can ask me any questions about how I work and I can get to know your particular situation better. Most often clients can a fairly good sense of me after our 15 minute phone consultation and they can determine if we are a good fit or not. Thirdly, I recommend coming in to see me with your child/teen or perhaps yourself to see if we connect.
I really want to talk with someone about my child/teen or family situation, but my spouse/partner isn’t excited about coming to a therapist. What should I do?
In my work this has happened many times. I would be happy to talk with your spouse via phone in order to help alleviate any concerns about therapy. If your significant other is still uncomfortable, then we could certainly meet alone, although my preference is to meet both parents. I would encourage you to give me a call and we can discuss this further.
Are you going to judge me as a parent, or judge my child?
No, I won’t be judging you or your family. I hope to be able to provide greater understanding for you about your child or family, and help you with practical solutions and a better sense of your family working together.
I’ve heard of mindfulness, but what is it exactly? And what does this mean for me and my family?
Simply put, mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, without judgement of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I work with families with this approach and teach ways for either you, your child or your family to increase their awareness of their feeling and thoughts to better understand what is happening within them and in their environment.
I'm really interested in mindful parenting but I don't think my family necessarily needs counseling, what else do you offer in your practice?
I’m so glad you asked this because I do offer families other services than psychotherapy. I also provide parent consultation or coaching meetings (which can be via phone or skype) on specific questions or ideas you may have about your child or parenting. Other services I will be providing are mindfulness classes for children and mindful parenting classes for parents. So, if you are interested in these classes, please sign up for Mindful Kids and Families newsletter so you will be the first to know!
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance, however many insurance companies will reimburse for out-of-network providers. I always provide invoices to you in order for you to be reimbursed by your insurance company. The other option is to take the invoice I give you and get reimbursed if you have a health spending account through your employer.
How do I get started?
Just give me a call at 415-820-3919. Or sign up for the Mindful Kids and Families FREE monthly newsletter to stay in touch with my practice and get information on mindfulness, parenting and upcoming classes. I look forward to hearing from you!