A child communicates through their behaviors and this can lead to challenges and concerns that leave you at a loss for understanding why they are behaving in a certain way or knowing how to respond and support them. In collaboration with parents, I take an individualized approach to supporting a child to express and understand their feelings, develop self regulation, and build the tools a child needs in order to thrive.
50 min session
Adolescence is a period of development that includes the complexities of building independence while exploring and forming identity. Challenges in navigating relationships, school, societal stress and the addition of navigating a online culture can negatively impact a teen's overall well being. Therapy can provide a safe space for your teen to express their challenges, learn skills to support healthy relationships, increase self worth, regulate emotions, and manage stress.
50 min session
Individual or Couple Sessions
Raising children can bring us so much joy while adding uncertainty as unexpected challenges arise. Our patience may be tested, stress can build up, and we may feel out of balance. Parent consultation and coaching uses a collaborative solution focused approach to address parenting needs. My approach is grounded in building family connection, increasing capacities and mindful parenting.
50 min session
90 min in home session (City of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Montecito)
Build a mindful parenting practice through a focus on reflective interactions with loved ones. Each session will provide opportunities to connect with other parents, explore personal challenges and concerns, as well as learn new skills and approaches to building a healthy resilient family. Ongoing series offered. Small group sessions 4-6 individuals.
75 min weekly sessions for five consecutive weeks
Email Contact@sbyouththerapy.com with questions or to join the waitlist
Self Regulation Toolkit
-Explore 6 self regulation tools and how to introduce them to your family. Time will be allowed to ask questions and explore individual challenges.
Thinking beyond “I’m sorry”
Encouraging empathy in young children
-Emotional intelligence is shown to be more important for success in life than I.Q. Explore ways to support your child‘s development of empathy and increase social skills.
Talking about therapy in an open way will create less shame or negative beliefs around attending. Based on the child’s age you can take different approaches to explaining therapy to your child. For younger children, therapy can be described as a place to learn more about their feelings and things they can do when they feel sad, angry, scared or embarrassed. They also can learn ways to solve problems that may be hard to figure out on their own. For older children or teenagers, you can ask what they know about therapy as a starting point. You may want to share that therapy is a private space with a safe adult to help them understand feelings, thoughts and experiences that might feel hard or difficult. If there is a specific reason your child is coming to therapy, it may be appropriate to disclose that to your child.
It is my practice to start with a parent(s) only session and it is important for parents to continue to be involved in their child’s treatment. What this involvement looks like depends on the concerns and the child’s age and development. For younger children, parents may join sessions to work in the moment addressing concerns and attempting new approaches. For older children and teens creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is very important thus brief check ins or collateral sessions may be more helpful.
Confidentaility is an important component to therapy. I use my professional judgment when providing updates and may include the following information; general themes and recommendations, minor’s diagnosis, treatment plan, progress in therapy, attendance, or similar information. I may also share with the parent when the minor gives me permission to disclose information and I believe the disclosure would be clinically appropriate; or the minor is experiencing a crisis or other emergency circumstance that would authorize me to break confidentiality.
How long a child or teen needs to be in therapy is different for each individual and family. Working collaboratively on treatment goals in the beginning of services will help assess progress and help determine when goals have been met. As progress is felt, the frequency of sessions can decrease. This can be explored throughout treatment.
I do not accept insurance, instead I can provide you with a monthly invoice or “super bill” which you are able to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. This can help offset the out-of-pocket cost of therapy. I also reserve a few sliding scale spaces in my practice and these are available on a case-by-case basis.
Under the law, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your mental health care will cost if
you are uninsured
if you are not planning on submitting a bill to your insurance for reimbursement
Health care providers need to give patients an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 985-3059.
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