What to Expect from your First Appointment -
The majority of patients can expect the following:
• A 60 min. initial intake in which the patient provides current issues and history
• Pre-adolescent and adolescent patients intake appointments will be with both parent/guardian(s), and a
subsequent 45 min. session with the child
• A plan for ongoing therapy including estimated duration of treatment, goals for treatment, frequency of visits
(typically once per week), and fee agreement
Assessment and Referral Services -
The decision to begin treatment can be a difficult one and for this reason, I offer an assessment and referral service to potential patients. Together, we can identify presenting issues and decide if treatment is warranted. When appropriate, I may provide referrals for specialized services such as neuropsychological testing, psychiatric assessments, speech and Language, occupational, and physical therapy, and educational advocacy among others.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy -
Children and adolescents experience stress and struggle from internal and external pressures just like adults. Whether they are dealing with "typical" developmental issues or bigger problems, working with a therapist can be an extremely helpful experience. Adolescents and teenagers may engage in traditional "talk" therapy. While developing a trusting and supportive relationship they can begin to identify and examine current issues and areas of difficulty. The goal of this treatment model is to reduce symptoms and decrease maladaptive behaviors along with developing positive coping strategies and returning to his or her previous level of functioning. Young children and pre-adolescents typically do best when making use of play therapy to work through struggles and frustrations. The way in which children explore the world is through play, and through this medium children may work through areas of difficulty or struggle, and can begin to make sense of that which is confusing. Young children in particular may find it difficult to verbally explore their feelings, particularly negative ones. However, through play they are safe to imagine and "play out" that which is not yet understandable or even conscious.
Regular parent involvement is essential for successful outcomes. When working with teens, there is a greater need for separation, so parent guidance may occur less frequently than with young children. No matter what age, sessions for children are confidential, but contact with parents will be maintained in order to provide general insights and recommendations. Parents are always welcome to schedule sessions as they feel necessary or may email or call to provide information and updates between scheduled sessions.
Parent Guidance -
Any parent will tell you that while deeply rewarding, parenting can be challenging at all stages of a family's life cycle. Parent guidance sessions can be a valuable resource at times when issues or problems arise. Every family has different dynamics and ways of relating, but sometimes dynamics develop between parent and child, siblings, or among the larger family and get in the way of healthy communication. Each of us bring to our parenting a different history, style, and beliefs which impact how we parent our children. Parent guidance sessions provide an opportunity to explore the emotions and influences that parents bring to their relationships. Through a heightened awareness and deeper understanding of ones parenting style, parents can gain insight, clarity, and confidence so they may confidently guide their child.
Adult Psychotherapy -
Adults enter treatment for a variety of reasons, but often seek out help when they are experiencing uncomfortable and/or unwanted symptoms and when interpersonal relationships are suffering. Initial goals may be to reduce symptoms and seek out support for difficulties that are being experienced. However, many people find that in the course of working on these initial struggles, they begin to explore patterns and areas of their lives which have previously gone unacknowledged and unexplored. Many people find that talking about their struggles allows them to develop healthier coping mechanisms and provides an opportunity for personal growth.
Couples Therapy -
Couples may experience impasses at any stage of the relationship. A safe and neutral environment can allow for improved communication and greater intimacy. Each individual brings to the relationship their own history and learned ways of relating to one another. Therapy can reduce conflict and help the couple to find mutual ground on various issues. Couples who are contemplating separation and divorce may seek out counseling in order to do so in the most respectful and least damaging way in order to continue to co-parent effectively.
Speaking and Lectures -
Jennifer is regularly asked to speak to parents and teens on various issues including but not limited to the following:
• The impact of raising a child with special needs
• Special needs children and the impact on siblings
• Navigating the special educational system
Jennifer is available to provide workshops on various topics including but not limited to:
• Understanding your child's IEP or 504 plan
- Contact Me -
- Children, Adolescents, & Adult Psychotherapy -
- Office Hours -
Monday ~ Saturday
Day & Evenings