Have You Noticed:
If you identify with any of the bullet points above,
we should talk…
Growing up in today’s society is extremely challenging. I get that! Teenagers today are living in an unprecedented time. Peer pressure is at an all time high!! The need to exist in a world that consistently tells you your worth by how many followers or likes you have on a social media platform didn’t exist 10 years ago. Academic pressure and competition to get into a “good” college can feel overwhelming. Athletes are now required to choose one sport to play year-round if they want any chance at the allusive “athletic scholarship”.
When working together, you can expect to have a thorough discussion about what’s going on in your life. How are you doing in school, at home and with your friends? What concerns you on a daily basis? These questions are important because it helps us to identify any psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety, that need to be addressed in treatment. By using this information, we will develop with you, a teen counseling plan that addresses the underlying cause of your discomfort.
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a mental health clinician. 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, but are not limited to:
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.
I recommend that you tell your teen that he is required to come to one session, but that after that session, he/she can determine whether or not he/she would like to return. This is often very effective because by the end of the session, teens typically feels heard and understood and many of the misconceptions they may have had about therapy are dispelled. In most cases, your teen chooses to return to therapy. This is also very effective because it allows the teen to participate in therapy by choice and not because the parents are requiring it. The teen is then more committed to therapy and to the change process.
I will always tell the parents, as is required by law, if I believe the teen is a danger to himself or others. For therapy to be successful, the teen must have the ability to talk freely, without feeling like the therapist will share confidential information with their parents. Therefore, if I see a teen for individual therapy, I 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. I always encourage the parents to call us with any questions or concerns throughout the course of treatment.
Here are some of the issues I provide treatment for: