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Assessment and Basic Tools for Families

Child under 18

With families, we refer to the IP as the Identified Patient. This is the individual who is exhibiting the symptoms that are concerning the family. With family counseling where the IP is a child under age 18, Dr. Walker will ask that the IP not attend the first session. At that first session, Dr. Walker will ask you the parents or guardians a lot of questions. She will not only ask about the issues you presented in your ten minute consultation, she will also ask about the history of the child’s symptoms, recent stressors, health issues, the child’s strengths, and what has and has not worked with other therapists. At the conclusion of this 60-minute assessment, she will explain clearly how counseling with her will help. She will also tell you honestly if she feels her expertise is not a good fit for your issues and refer you to another professional.

If you and Dr. Walker agree to go forward, she may give you a ‘Family Manifesto,’ something to read, or ask you to look up something on the Internet. If the child is seeing another professional, she will ask for a release to speak with that individual to coordinate treatment. At the second session, you will either a) see Dr. Walker again if you have questions or feel you need more information, or b) wait while Dr. Walker sees your child for his/her first visit. Dr. Walker will see you for the last 15 minutes of the session and provide you with some suggestions for going forward.

At the end of the second session you will have resources to navigate your child’s issues and direction for future work using ‘Specific Tools’ sessions (see below).

 

Assessment and Basic Tools for Families

Adult child/family member 18 or over

With families, we refer to the IP as the Identified Patient. This is the individual who is exhibiting the symptoms that are concerning the family. With family counseling where the IP is a family member or child over age 18, Dr. Walker may ask that the IP not attend the first session. If that is not possible, at that first session, Dr. Walker will ask all parties to attend the session together so she can ask questions. She may ask various family members to step out of the room. At the conclusion of this 60-minute assessment, she will explain clearly to everyone how counseling with her will help. She will also tell you honestly if she feels her expertise is not a good fit for your issues and refer you to another professional.

If you and Dr. Walker agree to go forward, she may give your family a ‘Family Manifesto,’ something to read, or ask you to look up something on the Internet. If the family member is seeing another professional, she will ask for a release to speak with that individual to coordinate treatment. At the second session, you will either a) see Dr. Walker again as a family, or b) the adult family member will see Dr. Walker alone.

At the end of the first and second sessions you will have resources to navigate your family member’s issues and a direction for future work using ‘Specific Tools’ sessions. If the IP chooses to work on issues without the family members, referrals will be offered.

Specific Tools

‘Specific Tools’ sessions consist of a ‘cycle’ (three sessions). This can be individual sessions with just the IP family member, sessions with just the parents, or some combination of both. These sessions are goal-oriented and solution-focused and families are expected to work on issues outside of the sessions. We bundle these sessions into groups of three, and for convenience, individuals may choose to pre-pay bundles in order to receive a discount. Families are limited to three bundles.

Families are usually able to experience significant symptom relief after only a few ‘Specific Tools’ cycles. We realize some issues may require more time or new issues may arise. For those reasons, if all parties agree, we are able to offer ‘Supportive Therapy.’

Supportive Therapy

Supportive therapy is for families who are dealing with new issues, or, are dealing with issues that require more time. Our strategy is still solution-focused and goal-oriented. Like ‘Specific Tools’ sessions, ‘Supportive Therapy’ sessions are bundled into three, and for convenience, clients may choose to pre-pay bundles in order to receive a discount.

Schedule a 10 minute consultation to ask about Dr. Walker’s counseling services today.

 

 

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