TALKING WITH A CHILD ABOUT THERAPY
Preparing your child for initial visit:
Talk to your child a couple of days before the visit
Tell your child your concerns and problems occurring
You are going to be with them at the session
You will be seeing a therapist but not a "shot doctor"
The therapist is like a "coach" who helps kids
The therapist will asked them a lot of questions
The therapist will help the family to get "unstuck"
Tell your child that the sessions are confidential
What will happen in the therapy sessions:
Some sessions will be play therapy and some family therapy
Beginning of each session -
the therapist will "touch base" with everyone
review any homework or assignments
ask for feedback of what has happen between sessions
At the end of each session -
the therapist again will "touch base" with everyone
provide non-confidential information
schedule another appointment
discuss relevant homework assignments
At Lynnfield Psychological Associates, we will always comply with state law which requires that we inform you and/or appropriate authorities if your child or others appears at risk for serious imminent harm. We may also suggest the relevance of talking with others such as a doctor or school personnel, but we will always ask you to sign a formal release
of information before contacting anyone about your child.
There are some legal exceptions to the complex laws governing confidentiality. If a situation arises at our practice your therapist will always make every effort to fully discuss it with you before any action is taken and will always limit any disclosure to what is absolutely necessary.