What to Expect
What to Expect
When you call, you will speak with me (it may take me up to 24 hours to call back). I will ask you some questions about what is going on to see if I would be a "good fit" and if that is an issue that I work with. I will also take you name and contact information to email you some intake paperwork. This will give you some time to review my consent form and ask any questions you may have at our initial appointment. Also, I will answer any questions that you may have about myself, play therapy, what to expect, etc. If we decide we would be a "good fit," we will set an appointment.
Generally, it takes me two to four sessions for me to do an assessment and develop some type of plan. At your first visit, if you haven't already done so, I will have you complete a consent for treatment and a facesheet. I will ask you and your child questions regarding various aspects of their life and difficulties they are experiencing. Some questions that I may ask include:
- Do you know why you are here?
- How long has this issue been going on?
- Who is in your family?
- Do you all get along?
- Any developmental issues?
- How many friends do you have?
- How is school?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
During the next couple of visits, I will do a couple of play observations. One session, the play observation will be with the coparents/caregivers and child and/or a coparent/caregiver and child. These observations are based upon more structured play. I am not in the room during these observations. I video the session and look at the video between sessions. In another session, I will have the child come into the play room without his or her parent/caregiver (depending upon the age of the child) in order to observe the child playing freely. Additionally, I may have you complete some additional questionnaires regarding your child and/or yourself during this assessment process.
After I have completed my assessment, I will meet with you and go over the results of the questionnaires and my observations of the play sessions (I will also provide you with a written report). I will then provide any suggestions, recommendations, referrals, and/or play therapy goals with you.
After the assessment, we will start play therapy. There are many types of play therapy. Some play therapies are for the child and some play therapies are for the child and his or her coparent(s)/caregiver(s). Based upon the age of the child, the issue, and my assessment, I may want only your child for play therapy or the family for play therapy.
I do like to meet with coparent(s)/caregivers every 4 to 6 sessions to discuss how things are going at home, what's working and what's not working, etc. Additionally, I periodically video sessions and review these videos with coparent(s)/caregiver(s).