Getting started can be confusing. Here are few commonly asked questions.
Do Telehealth Sessions Work?
I get it! Everything is remote these days but for many children and teens, telehealth sessions can be just as successful as in-person. Through the use of various online resources I have been able to translate most of my in-person activities into remote activities. I am also extremely patient with those who are uncomfortable with the telehealth format and help them adapt to that setup. I have an office space in Boulder that I hope to get back to in the near future as well, so if remote sessions are not a good fit we can always discuss in-person sessions for the future.
How long does each therapy session take and will I know what goes on in my child's session if I do not participate?
My sessions typically range from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. The duration of your therapy as a whole varies and will be collaboratively decided upon.
Confidentiality is the biggest component of therapy and creating a safe space. I will not share any specific information of what is said in a therapy session unless there is a safety concern (which you as the guardian of course will be notified). I do encourage the children and teens I work with to discuss their session with their guardian if they feel comfortable sharing.
What is a superbill and how does that work?
A superbill is an itemized document that I can provide monthly to you and that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. I am happy to support you with this process anyway I can but it would be best to reach out to your insurance company if you have any more specific questions regarding reimbursements or the process.
How will I know if Modern Trails Counseling is a good fit for myself or my child?
This is a hard one to answer without having any interaction. Typically with a therapist that is a good fit for you or your child you feel as though you can trust them and you feel they are knowledgeable on how to support you and your concerns. You also feel heard by that therapist and feel they are trying to understand the problem/s that you are seeking support for.
What if after a few sessions I want to quit?
You are able to end services at any time. I always encourage the people I work with to listen to their gut. If you feel like we are not a good fit or due to situational circumstances it just isn't the right time to continue sessions that is okay. If you chose to come back at a later time there is no guarantee that I will have available appointments times but I always encourage past clients to reach out for support if anything is needed even if it is a referral to a different therapist.
What is therapy like for a pre-teen/teenager?
For pre-teens and teens, imagine having a conversation with someone who has zero connection with anyone in your support network, who you can just talk to and not be expected to provide anything in return. This person will be your listening ear, help you make steps towards the changes that you want without telling you what to do. And who legally cannot share what you say in session with your caregivers or anyone else (with the exception being safety concerns which will be openly discussed with the pre-teen or teen).
What is therapy like for a child?
Therapy for kids can be significantly different than for adults. If the child prefers, their parents may join for some or all of their sessions. While working towards your child's treatment goals sessions can include playing games, creating art, watching videos and learning a variety of different skills. All activities and interactions are selected to help support your child reach their goals. The idea of therapy for kids is to meet them where they are, create a safe space for them to express themselves and make positive strides towards the change they and you are wanting to see.
What is child and adolescent therapy like for caregivers?
Similar to adult therapy, confidentiality is a huge piece of building a strong therapeutic relationship. Though I cannot tell you what is said in session if you are not a participating in it, but I can certainly share topics of what is discussed (ie: today we talked about what grief can look like for some people). Of course if there are safety concerns, your child and I will discuss the need to share this with you and you will be brought into the session and provided guidance and next steps to keep your child safe. Though I am not your individual therapist but your child's therapist, you are huge piece of your child support system and life. I am happy to provide check ins with parents, providing psycho-education, tips to support your child at home and parenting skills. I always encourage the children and adolescence that I work with to share what happened during their session with their caregivers. I also encourage kids and teens to involve their caregiver in session if there are goals that could use your support.
I feel like I don't know how to help my child. Am I failing at being a parent?
I have never had a parent or guardian walk in my office and say they were doing everything right with their child. Parenting is by the far the hardest job you can have! Every parent has different tools and different skill sets that they have developed and learned in their life. You are not failing at being a parent because you are trying to find support for you and your child. I am here to support both you and your child to develop different skills, provide education and help facilitate a positive change.
I am wary of electronic communication, is my information safe?
Unfortunately I cannot say electronic communication is 100% safe but I can guarantee that I only use HIPAA compliant means of communication and I do not release any information about you or your child without a signed release. There are exceptions to this rule if safety concerns are brought up.
Do you provide services to people above the early adult age range?
Though my specialty is focused on children, adolescence and young adult range, I do see other age ranges on a case by case basis. I can always refer you out to another great therapist if we are not a good fit or if I am not taking on any new clients.
My child/teen is in school, how does scheduling work?
I offer some after school session times and provide services during morning and day as well. I am happy to provide a note to excuse your child’s absence for sessions or I can try to schedule with the school during the school day so sessions may be held at the school in a confidential space. I work closely with the school to ensure your child is not missing any core classes, any classes they are needing extra support in or lunch. I know scheduling can feel a little daunting especially with having your child miss in-person school after having remote learning for some time but mental health is just as important as your physical health. The one hour a day once a week is certainly worth the time if you are open to it. Otherwise I am happy to support you with finding another therapist that may be able to accommodate your preferred hours.
Are there any situations that you tend to refer out?
- I do not provide treatment for eating disorders, drug & alcohol or addiction issues. These are specialized focuses that I do not have specific training and licensure for.
- I do not conduct child custody evaluations nor do I provide custody recommendations.
- I do not have a prescriber that I work with specifically but will gladly coordinate care with your PCP or psychiatrist.
I feel like Modern Trails Counseling may be a good fit for me or my child/adolescent and family, what do I do next?
Feel free to take a look at my about me page to learn a little more about me. I always offer a free 15 consultation to all prospective clients so please contact me if you feel I would be a good fit for you and your family's needs. You are welcomed to call or email me at the number or address specified below or contact me through the contact button at the top of this page. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting you and your family!