Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Professional support for Child and Adolescent
Do you ever feel like you don’t have a clue about how to parent your child? So many caregivers feel like they’re parenting without a roadmap and feel alone, ashamed, and unsure of how to ask for help–for you and your child. Raising tiny (and not so tiny) humans is hard work. We see children and adolescents 0-17 years old & their families, both in-office or via telehealth. We believe in working together as we address a number of concerns, from anxiety and depression to anger and behavioral concerns.
Common Concerns treated in Child and Adolescent Therapy
- Life Transition
- Autism Spectrum
- School Concerns
- High Risk Behaviors
How Does Child and Adolescent Therapy Help?
We believe that behavior is the language of children, so we aim help children and their caregivers explore the causes of their concerns while providing support and solutions that help relieve stress for everyone. Our Child and Adolescent Therapists have extensive training in the Developmental Repair model and use Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment Therapy. They also love to find ways to help families connect and understand each other better using play, especially through games. The therapeutic space is also one of safety and inclusivity, so all to be able to come and thrive.
Questions We Commonly Get
What if my teen doesn’t want to come to therapy?
We recommend that you start with validating their feelings. Such as, “I understand that therapy isn’t something you’re very excited about. A lot of people feel that way so that makes sense”. Next, let them know that they aren’t solely responsible for the current problems and that the whole family will benefit from the support of a professional. If you still meet resistance, let them know that you require them to try at least a few sessions and then that you can decide together whether to continue. Oftentimes, a teen will feel heard by the therapist at that point in therapy and you will be able to make a sound decision together.
What can I expect at the first session?
Prior to your first appointment, parents and teens receive links to the online client portal in order to complete intake forms. This will allow the therapist to get to know more about you and familiarize them with your needs. The first session is a joint session that begins with the teen and parents together. The therapist will review the completed forms with you and will answer any questions you may have. The therapist will then spend the next portion of the session getting to know the teen and talking with them about their concerns.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, in general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. You should be aware, however, that if you use insurance benefits to pay for all or part of your therapy, some information about your treatment will need to be reported to your insurer.
In addition, 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, what will you tell us about what our teen discloses?
We will always tell the parents, as is required by law, if we believe the teen is a danger to themself or others. It is important that teens have a safe, private space to work on their goals. For therapy to be successful, teens must be able to speak freely, without feeling like what is shared will be directly shared with their parent(s). Therefore, 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. We encourage the parents to call us with any questions or concerns throughout the course of treatment.
How long does therapy last?
Teen therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes in length. The length of treatment depends on the concerns presented and the severity. Each teen has different circumstances and the number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your particular situation and the therapist’s recommendation. The first few sessions will focus on assessing strengths, mental health needs, personal goals and developing an effective treatment plan. Therapy typically begins with meeting weekly and gradually reduces as symptoms subside.
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3460 Washington Drive, Suite 214
Eagan, MN 55122
Mon – Fri: 7:00am-7:00pm