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Telehealth in the age of Covid-19
My practice has gone “hybrid!” I am doing a mixture of virtual and in-person sessions, depending on your needs and preferences. Since I have been back in the office, this format has been working well for teens and adults alike. It pr0vides you with an opportunity to do your best work in the most comfortable environment.
The process for telehealth is quite simple: I send you a link for your session, you click it, and we enter the session together. I use a HIPAA compliant platform to ensure the safety and security of my clients. You may use your phone, tablet, or a computer to engage in these sessions, and participate in them anywhere you feel comfortable.
If you would like in-person sessions, let me know and please note that I ask that you are fully vaccinated to be unmasked in my office.
I am continuing to monitor the Covid-19 situation and will continue operating in this way as the CDC allows. Ensuring that my office is a healthy and safe place to support your learning and growth is my top priority.
Welcome, I’m glad you’re here! You’re growing up in an ever-evolving and fast-paced environment with technology at your fingertips. While this can be a great resource and present so many unique opportunities, it can also be a big source of stress. It’s hard to be in middle school and high school! People can be mean, you may feel isolated, and don’t know if it’s okay to express your feelings because you fear the consequences.
My goal is to help you learn how to effectively communicate with your parents and peers so you can feel supported as you navigate these difficult emotions. You should feel comfortable talking to parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults and have them be able to relate to you on a level that you can understand. You should be able to address the uncomfortable topics such as bullying, depression/anxiety, grades, risky behaviors, and sexuality/gender identity and the shame/guilt/risk associated with those things without fear of the consequences.
Together, we will work to help you find ways to feel better about yourself. We will help you increase your self-esteem and confidence, build better boundaries, and ultimately improve your relationships with both yourself and those around you. This process takes time, so bear with me, but please know I can help.
Finding a therapist and jumping in head-first is the hardest step in the process! Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stuck, out of control, or like nothing in your life is going the way you want it to and it might never get better, you have come to the right place. You are NOT ALONE.
Living in this time of such uncertainty in our environment has created an exhausting level of stress we have become accustomed to living with. It doesn’t take into account that we have to keep moving forward with our lives despite these challenging circumstances. Working with me will allow you to find ways to EFFECTIVELY COPE with everything you are dealing with and help you to regain the control you once experienced. We will look at the triggers and symptoms that are causing your negative emotions and talk about solutions and a plan of action to help you manage.
I will help you focus on improving your self-care and boundaries so you can experience healthy relationships and an improved version of yourself.
It’s hard when your adolescent comes to you with problems or concerns that you may not have recognized. You blame yourself. You feel shame, guilt, and the “what could I have done better or different?” question comes up a lot. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. Your adolescent is not facing depression, anxiety, gender identity issues, or being bullied because of something you did. They are facing these things as a result of the world or body they are living in and they need you to be supportive.
Consent and Privacy for Children/Adolescents
When working with children and adolescents, I protect their confidentiality as much as possible. Children/adolescents are told upfront that their information will be kept between the client and the therapist UNLESS they have thoughts of harming themselves or others, and/or if they report any suspected abuse or neglect.
Your participation in your child’s treatment is crucial to their growth. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s treatment, I welcome you to email me prior to my session with them and follow up with me afterwards. I typically respond to parent emails after my next session with the child, so I can make sure to get everyone’s perspectives. If your concerns are better suited for a phone conversation, feel free to reach out to me via text or email and request a time to chat on the phone. In the case of immediate threats of harm, I will notify you immediately and I hope you will do the same.
Confidentiality for teens who are turning 18 during their time with me gets a little tricky. HIPAA states that I am required to treat these individuals as adults. So without a written release from them for you, I am unable to give you any information about their treatment. I ask that all teens who are turning 18 sign a Release of Information (ROI) for their parents, especially if they are still living under the same roof and/or parents are still financially responsible. How this is handled between you and your child is up to you. I am happy to answer any questions you have regarding this situation.
I look forward to working with you to help your child feel better.