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How does counseling work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will look different depending on the person. We tailor our therapeutic approach to you and your child’s specific needs. We start with gathering information about the past and current difficulties to get a well-rounded picture of all that may be contributing to what you’re experiencing.

How long will it take?

The length of treatment varies for each person. The length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the issues that have led you to seek counseling in the first place. For children in counseling, it is helpful and important for parents to help their child apply the skills being learned in sessions to make the most progress. Some children take more time than others to open up with their therapist. Building a trusting relationship with you or your child is the foundation needed to progress to deeper issues.

What do I need to know when seeking counseling for my child?

For non-divorced parents, either parent can consent to treatment for their child aged 13 and under. If your child is 14 or older, they can consent to their own treatment according to Pennsylvania law. For parents who are divorced, the consent of both parents is required when both parents share joint legal custody and the child is 13 or younger.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”

What are the benefits of counseling versus solely taking medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.