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The first meeting is typically what we call an "Intake Session". We go over paperwork, a diagnostic assessment is conducted, and information is gathered on how to best serve your child while answering any questions or concerns you might have. The diagnostic assessment helps us to formulate a diagnosis (if appropriate). The following session is typically a "Treatment Planning" session. We create therapeutic goals for your child based off of their diagnosis and current symptoms. After that, sessions are usually 45-60 minutes 1x a week (sometimes more frequently, sometimes less frequently). Nesting Connections believes the best therapeutic outcomes require frequent involvement of caregivers.
Good question! Children are protected by the same laws of confidentiality as adults; information they share is kept private. However, there are some exceptions including if someone is hurting your child, they are going to hurt someone, or they are going to hurt themselves. While it might be difficult not to know every detail that happens in your child's therapy sessions, please do not pressure them into sharing details from their sessions if they prefer to keep their privacy. That can lead to mistrust, shutting-down, and an overall poor outcome for therapy. We can discuss any of your concerns regarding confidentiality at any point during treatment.
The length of treatment depends on several variables. It is not uncommon for children (or adults) to be in therapy for several months or longer. It is important to discuss any time constraints with your therapist as that can change the method of treatment and can help to create more attainable goals.
Yes! We offer a free 15 minute consultation. This can be over the phone or over our online HIPAA secure video telehealth platform.
Part of being in the helping profession is helping clients find what might be a better fit for their mental health needs. Just like every doctor is not the right fit for every patient, not every therapist will feel like the right fit for your child. Referrals for other therapists is an acceptable request and will always be honored. We want you to like your therapist-it helps the process! Also, please know that if at any point during treatment we believe there is a better fit for your child, we will inform you and encourage you to follow-through with provided referrals.
If you are happy with your current therapist but are wanting to take a break from therapy, that is something that can be discussed and decided with your therapist.
No. Prescribing medication is out of our scope of practice. If we think your child could benefit from medication, we will let you know and provide a referral to be evaluated at your discretion by a qualified medical doctor.
We are able to write letters on behalf of children we are providing treatment for regarding their mental health symptoms and diagnosis. Custody recommendations should come from a Custody Evaluator, Child Protection Worker, Guardian ad Litem, or Mediator.
While we fully believe in and respect the therapeutic impact that animals provide for humans, we do not provide letters.
It means that an individual's physical, mental, spiritual, social, emotional, and economical state all impact their well-being.
While we do have experience in working with individuals 21+, Nesting Connections' current practice is primarily focused on children, future and current caregivers, and supporting educators.
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