provide counseling services in the office and in the school systems to ensure those students who have barriers to office outpatient services are still able to access mental health services. Mental health counseling services is an active process for everyone involved. Parents/guardians are expected to participate in treatment along with other professionals who may be involved in the child's life such as DSS or DJJ. Together, the counselor and family members establish goals that serve as the focus for treatment. In addition, involvement of parents/guardians is integral in developing a discharge plan, which is a process that begins at the onset of treatment. Children are taught that there is a balance between structure and freedom. Families and their counselor work on the coping skills needed to live and grow successfully. As a team, your family, child, and counselor address areas that directly affect your child's behavior and work together on minimizing symptoms and identifying areas of need. These areas may include behavioral management, poor academic achievement, defiance, anxiety, depression, family and peer relationships, and completing assessments to determine most appropriate referrals for specific
The most important step in counseling is for us to establish a therapeutic relationship where we can work together on setting goals for your therapy sessions and a therapeutic plan on how to accomplish these set goals. Throughout our counseling sessions, we will evaluate our progress and determine if our counseling plan, goals, or techniques are getting you to where you want to be. By working together, we will both be well informed of what is expected of one another and allow us to look at all the risks and benefits involved in your therapy process. Counseling can be a difficult road to navigate, so it is important for you to understand the risks associated but also the benefits and how counseling can assist you in overcoming life's struggles. Risks may include experiencing uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, and frustration due to the topics we may discuss in our sessions. However, counseling has shown to have positive effects for individuals who undergo counseling services. Therapy can lead to a significant reduction in feelings of distress, increased satisfaction in relationships, greater personal awareness, and tools to help manage stress and anxiety. Therapy requires a very active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss
Confidentiality All of our communication becomes part of the clinical record, which is accessible to you upon request. I will keep confidential anything you say as part of our counseling relationship, with the following exceptions: (a) you direct me in writing to disclose information to someone else, (b) it is determined you are a danger to yourself or others (including child or elder abuse), or (c) I am ordered by a court to disclose information.
My cell phone number is (828) 228-2990. I have a confidential voicemail system so if you need to ask a question and I am unable to answer feel free to leave me a message and I will return the phone call as soon as I can. Additionally, I will be your crisis support ("On Call Support"),