We provide individual, couples, and family therapy as well as parent coaching. At NeuroSense Psychology, the approach to treatment is goal-oriented and solution focused. When treating children and adolescents, there is close collaboration with family members, and their involvement is expected so that the entire system and all moving pieces can be addressed. Parent coaching is always weaved in. The process of forming goals is collaborative, and progress toward goals is regularly reviewed with deliberate and informed fine-tuning toward success.
As it pertains to each individual client, careful analysis of best approaches and evidence-based practices are applied; because one size does not fit all. As seasoned practitioners, we are versed in a multitude of treatment modalities and hold specialized, post-doctoral certifications so that we can best meet the needs of our clients.
We like to think of a few things when guiding parents and individuals. Variables that are important to inquire about include areas of specialty, years of practice, philosophy and approach, logistics such as fees and location, amount of support provided with insurance, and success with the challenges needing to be addressed. The ability to think creatively and outside the box to keep people engaged and moving forward, especially when defenses and walls come up in therapy, is essential. Gender considerations may need to be taken into account as well. Most importantly is trusting your gut feeling when meeting or speaking with a potential therapist and determining whether the personality match and connection are real and genuine. Many people appreciate therapists who are confident and specific with regard to a plan of action.
We are always happy to offer time on the phone or in the office free of charge to help guide decision-making and provide consultation and direction.
The frequency of sessions really depends upon the needs of each individual. Typically, individuals begin in therapy once weekly for 50-minute appointments. In our office, sessions often last up to 60- minutes when time permits. Because not everyone has time or funds for weekly sessions, in our practice, we follow our clients’ leads. We can offer sessions twice a month if needed, or in some cases even suggest monthly check-ins to “keep our finger on the pulse,” to make sure everything is running smoothly across life settings (e.g., home, school, community), and to track specific and concrete goals.
The million dollar question…While many adolescents are quite open to therapy and actually themselves ask to be seen by someone; at times, teenagers and even children will refuse to go creating a quagmire. There is no magic formula to forcing teenagers into a therapy office. Sometimes parents make it contingent with receiving privileges, other parents may offer incentives, some parents may assume a hard line and make it non-negotiable. Typically, if you can get your child in for a first session, we can take it from there. We work to make children and adolescents who are shut down feel comfortable by normalizing the process, infusing some humor, empathizing with their desire to be anywhere else but therapy, and artfully “rolling with their resistance.” We work to engage students around their personal interests and goals, and in that way, demystify the notion that they are only in therapy to talk about their feelings. If a student is genuinely not ready for a therapeutic process, we are honest with parents in sharing that feedback and offer alternative means to assisting with the problems at hand.
Peers respond well to one another. They are often impacted more by feedback from another student than from an adult. The value of being in a group serves the purpose of feeling less alone and unique in the thoughts, feelings, and problems one may be experiencing. Moreover, having the benefit of minds working together to come up with solutions is part of the magic of a group process. From a social standpoint, being involved a group can help children and adolescents who otherwise feel disconnected and isolated to have a sense of belonging and comradery and to develop core social skills and social acumen. While not all groups are created equally; when they are carefully constructed with mindfulness toward goodness of fit of the participants and operate to work with natural experiences and circumstances, the group process can be quite powerful.
We strongly believe in observing children in their natural environments. Our adolescents and adults often prefer to be in an office setting, but working with some of our elementary and middle school students by incorporating intermittent home sessions with parent coaching, sibling involvement when indicated, family systems principles, and behavioral support is at times a necessary component of a treatment plan. We work flexibly in determining the needs at hand.