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How long is a session and how often will my child need to attend?

A session is typically 45-55 minutes long, though can be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances. In order to allow for adequate time establishing rapport and completing necessary assessments, weekly appointments are recommended initially. As progress is made, sessions become more infrequent in preparation of successful completion of counseling. 

Are caregivers allowed in sessions?

Though joint or family sessions may be recommended as part of your child's treatment, in order to create the most effective therapeutic environment, caregivers are not typically invited into session. However, there may be occasions in which a child requests to invite a caregiver into a session. There will be an opportunity to check-in with caregivers prior to and after session if any urgent updates are needed. 

For more information on parental involvement please click here. 

My child/teen is nervous about coming to talk to a counselor. How can I help them feel more comfortable?  

Being able to connect and build a trusting relationship with a counselor is critical. Talking to a stranger about personal thoughts and feelings can feel weird and scary! Some children/teens are ready to come and talk on day one, while others need a few sessions before feeling comfortable. 


Children are often worried they are going to be forced to talk about things they are not ready to talk about, get into trouble, or think they are going to counseling because they are bad. Addressing misconceptions and communicating with your child about counseling can help to reduce the stigma and ease anxiety. It's important to:

  • Be honest and open with your child about counseling, allowing enough time for questions and processing. 

  • Avoid blaming statements such as: "You are going to counseling because you keep getting into trouble at school," or "Your anger is out of control and you need help." These statements insinuate blame and only increase anxiety surrounding counseling.

  • Be honest with your child about the reason for counseling in a supportive manner - "I love you and want you to have someone to talk to about the divorce."

  • Communicate with the counselor about your child's resistance to allow for additional support and understanding through the process. 


Remember, it is normal for children/teens to be hesitant about counseling. Most children and teens feel a sense of relief after their first session and look forward to returning! For additional support and suggestions, please contact me. 

For more information on what to expect in counseling, click here.

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