Your first session will focus on collecting as much information from the therapy participants as possible in areas such as reason for seeking therapy and desired outcomes. Information shared during this session helps to inform the therapist of the current needs and strengths of the therapy participants. For children and teens it is important that the parents/guardians be able to participate in the first session and support the child through the process while providing any additional helpful information.
Therapy is a collaborative process driven by the client's needs with the support and guidance of the therapist. Its important not to expect a simple solution to address all of you or your family's needs. Progress and lasting positive changes take time and patience to cultivate. There are typically many facets and moving parts to an issue and thus require a strong working relationship with your therapist and those participating in therapy.
What you should expect is to feel listened to and understood by your therapist. Having the ability to express yourself in a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space can transform your perspective, allowing you to achieve what you once thought impossible.
It is important to not pressure your child to talk about their sessions. Therapists will talk with parents about anything that takes place in the session relating to the child’s safety or any other important information. Remember that your child is given privacy during his or her sessions in order to allow for self-expression. It is important to remember that progress takes time and children must be allowed to work at their own pace in order to build a trusting therapeutic relationship.
How best to participate in a child’s therapy depends primarily on the child’s age, the nature of the problem, and whether research supports parental involvement in the type of treatment your child is receiving. In some situations, particularly with younger children, parental guidance may be critical to bring about and support behavioral change between therapy sessions. In other situations, particularly with older children or adolescents, privacy between the child and therapist may form an important foundation for establishing trust and encouraging behavioral change. In every case, parents should be clear on the therapist’s goals for treating their child and should understand the milestones their child is expected to reach throughout his/her treatment. Feel free to ask the therapist at the outset about how he/she plans to work with the child.
cash or credit cards are accepted for payment before or at the time of the appointment
At this time insurance is not accepted by Bridges Therapy, but sliding scale is available upon request