Frequently asked questions
Why does my teen need psychotherapy?
Adolescence can be a very complicated and confusing period. The struggles of adolescence can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, anxiety, or shame. A safe space for exploring themselves and the difficulties they are dealing with is often exactly the type of support a teen needs. When your teen is going through a rough time, whether it is due to challenges at home, friend troubles, or problems in school, talking to a therapist can help.
Can my teen request therapy on their own?
Absolutely! However, if a minor the parent or guardian will need to complete paperwork.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a mental health clinician. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some special circumstances in which the law requires therapists to break confidentiality. These exceptions include:
1. If you present a danger to yourself, to others, to property, or are unable to care for yourself.
2. If there is suspected past or present child, dependent, or elder abuse or neglect.
3. If the court orders a release of information as part of a legal proceeding, or as otherwise required by the law.
As parents, can you tell me what will be talked about in session?
If we see a teen for individual therapy, we will not disclose information to the parents without the teen's consent unless we believe that the teen is a danger to himself or others. With the teen's consent, we will also give the parents periodic updates on the teen's therapeutic progress if asked.
My teen needs help, but refuses to start therapy. What should I do?
It is recommended that you tell your teen that they are required to come to one session, but that after that session, they have the option to return or not. This is often very effective because by the end of the session, the teen typically feels heard and understood and many of the misconceptions the teen may have had about therapy are dispelled.
Will medication be prescribed?
As a psychotherapist, I specialize in talk therapy and do not prescribe medication. However, if it becomes clear that your teen could benefit from medication, I will refer you to a psychiatrist who can help address your teen’s particular medication needs.