As every therapist’s approach is different, here’s some insight into Yvette’s approach during the first few sessions:
Making First Contact:
- Once you have made contact via online enquiry form, WhatsApp, an initial (information-gathering) session can be scheduled.
- You will receive via email two forms to read and complete:
– Client Agreement Form (all clients)
– Consent Form for Treatment of a Minor (if counselling is meant for your child <18 y.o.).
- If possible, please complete the forms and bring them to our initial session. If you do not have access to a printer, the forms can be provided for you.
Your Initial Session:
- In the initial session, both parents (or legal guardians) are encouraged to attend without the child being present. This is so that parents can speak honestly about their child’s difficulties while protecting the child/counsellor relationship.
- Bring along any school reports, report cards, previous academic or psychological assessments, special education accommodation information, etc for Yvette to obtain more understanding about your child.
- Provide a copy of the court ordered parenting plan that outlines who is responsible for consenting to mental health treatment in circumstances where a parenting plan is in place.
- During this session, parents will be asked several questions about your child, family, and parenting in an effort to thoroughly assess your child and your child’s needs in therapy.
- There will also be opportunities to discuss the formalities of confidentiality, as well as practice policies and procedures.
The Second to Third Sessions:
- During the second and third sessions, Yvette spends the majority of the time with your child in order to learn about how he/she views self, others, and the world that later on informs treatment.
- Your child will be engaged in age-appropriate, child-centred CBT and play therapy activities designed to assess your child’s viewpoint and goals he/she has for therapy.
- There will also be opportunities for parents at the end of each session to share any additional information about your child previously undiscussed or provide any updates since our last session.
- Collaborative Care: During this time and with your written consent, it may make sense for Yvette to observe your child in their learning environment, contact teachers or other important individuals involved in your child’s life to understand their view of the child and concerns that brought him or her to therapy.
The Third to Fourth Sessions:
- By the third or fourth appointment, Yvette will have gained enough information about your child, your family, and your concerns that brought your child to therapy in order to suggest a treatment plan.
- Once treatment is determined based on information obtained from the 3-4 session assessment period, Yvette will continue to work with your child on a weekly or bi-weekly basis thereafter with regular communication with parents until the client’s therapy goals are met.
The focus of the sessions is your child. Yvette respects and understands that therapy sessions are very personal. The time it takes for a child to feel comfortable enough to share their feelings authentically varies from child to child. Yvette believes that it is important to allow her clients to share and work on their issues at their own pace.