Do I have to come to counselling with my child/teenager?
I encourage parents to come to the first 15 minutes of the intake session so that we can all go over the forms and policies. This is also a good time for parents to express their concerns in regards to their child or teenager. Sometimes, a parent may come to a counselling sessions with their child or teenager depending on the issue.
Will I be told what my kid/teen is talking about?
Whatever your teenager and I discuss is confidential. This means I cannot share any information without the permission of your teenager. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- If I have reason to believe that a child has been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused, or has experienced neglect.
- If I have reason to believe that they might seriously harm themselves or someone else.
- If a court order or other legalisation legally requires me to provide information.
Parents have the right to know what their child (12 and under) talks about in sessions. However, it is strongly encouraged that any information shared be done so in front of the child and with their permission.
Why shouldn’t my child/teenager just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed, sometimes counselling is needed, and sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counselling.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general questions page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time counselling takes depends on your teenager’s desire for personal development, their commitment, and the factors that are driving them to seek counselling in the first place.