How long does therapy take?
The length of treatment may vary depending on a person’s age, temperament, life experiences, presenting problem, and commitment to therapy. In other words, there is no standard “length of therapy!” However, I have found that the most progress is made when we meet consistently on a weekly basis and the client (and family when working with children/teens) is committed to personal development and growth.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission from the client or parent/guardian. Confidentiality may need to be broken when a client’s safety, or the safety of those around him/her are at risk. This includes:
- Suspected child abuse or neglect.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s.
Do you go to court / do custody evaluations?
My role with clients and families is limited to providing treatment. I do not participate in any court related matter that my clients may be a party to at any time either during counseling or after counseling terminates. This policy is to preserve the integrity of the therapeutic process and relationship with you and/or your child(ren).
Questions related to child clients (under 18)
What if the other parent won’t consent to treatment for my child?
In order to authorize mental health treatment for your child, you must have either sole or joint legal custody of your child. Please be aware that it is my policy to obtain written/ signed consent for treatment from all guardians before I see a child for counseling. Unless there are truly exceptional circumstances, I believe it is important that all parents have the right to decide if their child receives mental health treatment.
How will I know if my child is progressing?
Parent involvement is a key component of treatment! I typically schedule parent sessions every 3-4 sessions. We will meet to discuss their progress, review goals, and I will offer suggestions for supporting your child at home.
If you have questions or concerns in between sessions, we can schedule up to two check-in phone calls per month (10 minutes at no charge).
Can I attend sessions with my child?
Establishing a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is one of the most important parts of therapy. In order to maintain trust and safety, parents are generally asked to wait in the waiting room during sessions.
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* All information on this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Liz Gray, LCSW, RPT and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Correspondence does not constitute an established therapist-client relationship, psychological treatment, or diagnosis.