When you arrive, I will ask you to fill out specific forms needed to start the therapy process. This will include providing me with some basic information and completing an informed consent form for the treatment of your child that will highlight policies/procedures, limits of confidentiality, and the process of therapy.
During the first session I will also answer any questions you might have. I will get a chance to hear the reasons for seeking therapy at this time. We will begin to formulate a treatment plan together that will best address the needs of your child and family.
I am on the second floor of 1623 Aviation Blvd, Suite A, first door up the stairs, in a yellow building with green awnings, located in between Core Objectives Physical Therapy clinic to the right and parking lot of Pacific Dance Center to the left. There typically will be a spot available behind my parked car in the middle spots of the small parking lot right outside of the building.
I feel the best policy is to be honest with your child about who I am, and why it is important to come see me. Therapy works best when a child is engaged in the process, and motivated to participate and work towards goals. During the first session I tell children that I do not think they are the problem or feel like I need to “fix” them. I tell them problems often happen within families, and we all are going to collaborate as a team to help solve them. I make sure to share that my job is to make things easier for them, and that my first priority is to keep them safe.