What can you expect when you engage in Teen therapy?
Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning
Your therapist will complete a thorough assessment with you to understand your history and current challenges or symptoms. This will help inform the direction of your treatment and a diagnosis, if applicable. Together you will create a treatment plan which will support you in reaching your goals for therapy.
You will work with your therapist to identify coping skills and strengths you are already utilizing as well as introduce new strategies that will support you should distress arise while engaged in therapy. Your care will be individualized, and your therapist will determine therapeutic modalities which fit your unique needs.
You and your therapist will review progress made in therapy and determine if continued support is needed, or if you are ready to end services.
Does my teen need to have their own TherapyPortal account?
Yes. Being 13 years old, or older, prevents the teen client’s PHI (protected health information) from being shared with anyone but the client. Therefore, the teen client will have their own profile and will need to complete their own ‘new client forms’.
Can my teen’s PHI be shared with me?
Yes, if the teen client completes an ROI (release of information) form. That way, the parents/guardians can receive email reminders and be in control of scheduling.
Our adolescent therapy services include weekly sessions, and our model of care includes parental involvement. Our primary client is the adolescent, but we can also provide parental support and coaching. Your child’s clinician will determine the frequency of parental involvement in therapy and will work collaboratively. In Washington state, the age of consent is 13, so your child has the right to confidentiality in their counseling, unless there is a significant safety concern we need to notify you of. Our clinicians utilize modalities to help adolescents cope with and process difficult emotions and traumas. We do not provide intensive therapy services, such as multiple sessions a week, group therapy and crisis services.
Therefore, if you or your child is experiencing suicidality, self-harm, violent behaviors or behaviors of an eating disorder, referral to more intensive treatment is recommended. There will be more assessment of these areas during the initial consultation. We also do not do coordination of, or expert testimony related to custody issues, but are happy to provide resources or referrals, if needed.