The process of therapy starts much earlier than your first appointment. You've likely been considering therapy but may have some reservations or questions. Therapy is a unique opportunity to set aside time to honor yourself and your family.
Who should attend therapy?
If your work, hobbies or relationships are impacted by your mood (or your child's mood) then it's a safe bet that therapy may be helpful. If you are adjusting to a new life event (career change, relationship change, death, new baby) therapy can help to make the road less bumpy.
What will happen in therapy?
In our first session, we will gather information about your mood, your relationships, and what goals you have in mind. We will develop a treatment plan focused on meeting these goals using evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Therapy will be a time for you to explore feelings, possible origins, and practice new ways to react and cope.
What types of problems can you help me with?
Check out each of our therapists, we've all got different strengths and between the three of us, we've got you covered!
What types of problems can you help my child with?
Most of the children we work with struggle with emotional regulation. They may be aggressive, anxious. scream and kick when they don't get their way. We work with many children whose parents have recently divorced, or are in newly formed step-families; some children need assistance with social skills or resiliency building. It's also common for children to have some anxiety about attending school. We work with children who have a history of trauma, whether that means witnessing domestic violence, or being a victim of abuse. Lastly, at times parents require some new parenting techniques to address behavior in their children such as aggression, defiance or conflict.
How long will I be in therapy?
Typically 6-8 sessions, this is dependent upon the treatment plan that we develop together.
I'm not sure if my child needs therapy or not?
Has your child's teacher or day care provider expressed concern about your child? Have their moods or behaviors changed? Has there been a life event that they are reacting to? These may be signs that something is bothering your child. I've written an article based on exactly this question that you can read here.
Is my child old enough for therapy? What will occur in his/her therapy sessions?
In child sessions the work is really more within the family. You are the expert on your child and we work together to address issues that they may be having. In child sessions we will often begin with an update from the parent about how the child is doing, then meet with the child individually using interventions focused on the treatment plan. We may also hold some family sessions in order to teach parents techniques to use at home.
How does confidentiality work?
What we discuss in our sessions is confidential; we not allowed to speak with anyone without your permission. Although, there are some exceptions, if a child, elderly person or another adult is in danger we required to contact appropriate agencies.
How much will it cost?
Depends, our therapist are in-network with EMI (Educators Mutual), PEHP, Select Health and the University of Utah Plans. The out of pocket cost depends on your plan and deductible, it's best to confirm this with your insurance provider before our first session. We are also happy to offer a sliding fee scale upon request.
What about medications?
We do not prescribe medications; although, it is useful for us to work as a team with your prescriber to address your needs more fully. If you need assistance locating a prescriber we can help.
When do you have appointments available?
Monday-Fridays during both mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Are you on my insurance panel?
We hope so, are you insured through one of these plans?
University of Utah Plans