Children and Teen Therapy and Counseling

THERAPY FOR TEENS AND CHILDREN

Children and teens need therapy when they have problems they can’t cope with alone and can’t get the support they need from their immediate family. Or, they need help when problems affect how well they do, feel, or act. Sometimes, entire families need support while trying to communicate, learn, and create boundaries.

Helping children and teens to be happy and healthy

As a parent, you want the very best for your child. To live a full, happy and healthy life. To pursue their dreams and let nothing “stand in their way”

From the day your child was born you promised yourself to give them everything you could. To provide them with opportunities you didn’t have and a loving family to support them along the journey of life. You knew this wouldn’t be easy but you made sure to be active and present to ensure their road to success as an adult.

All of this love for your child makes it utterly painful to watch them struggle. Childhood these days is more challenging than you could have imagined with the influence of technology and social media on their self-esteem, the pressure to excel in all areas of life in order to be accepted into the dream university. Worst of all, the stress and worry created by school shootings; a terror that couldn’t even exist in your worst nightmare is a part of their daily reality.

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts to guide your child, they decide to go their own way. They might behave in ways that go against everything you’ve taught them or make choices such as hanging out with the wrong friend group or even experimenting with drugs and alcohol. When this happens you feel hopeless or liked you’ve failed as a parent.

Acuity Counseling Can Help.

Just because your child is struggling now, doesn’t mean you can’t help them find their way. Children encounter obstacles in life just as adults do, but often lack the life experience and skills necessary to overcome these hurdles effectively. Counseling offers a unique opportunity for children to connect with another adult (their therapist) in a relationships where they are fully accepted, with no potential for judgement or punishment.

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Children and Teens have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills for managing the obstacles in their lives. Therapy also teaches your child to better communicate their thoughts and emotions in a more helpful way. The counselor/child relationship can serve as a building block for improving your own relationship with your child giving you both a resource for navigating the challenges of growing up.

Let us help navigate children and teen issues such as:

  • Navigating Divorce
  • Blended Family issues
  • Substance use & Addiction in children
  • Social Skills, Communication Skills and conflict resolution
  • Life Transitions (divorce, re-marriage, blending families)
  • Academic challenges in Children
  • Behavior and Anger Management
  • Feelings of Anxiety and Depression
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns in Children
  • Traumatic experiences among families or with children
  • Defiant Disorder

Frequently Asked Questions for Children and Teen Therapy

Do you prescribe medication for children?

We typically suggest that parents start with talk therapy before jumping into medication. Once we have a good grasp on what the situation is, we connect parents with psychopharmacologists in the area who can prescribe appropriate medications. Generally, we listen to the cues of parents on this. Some parents avoid medicating their child and we can work with a more naturalistic approach (but we will advise what we think may be best as well).

Will you disagree with my parenting?

We won’t criticise your parenting, but will follow your lead. However, issues in families and in children typically are related to the family system.That means that the best results happen when there is significant parental involvement and buy-in. We will suggest certain actions you can take in terms of your parenting, but we understand that ultimately the responsibility lies in your methods.

Do you work with divorced parents?

We do work with divorced parents. We will collaborate primarily with whatever parent is bringing the child to therapy. If you have joint custody that may mean we work with parents on alternatinating weeks. If the parents can be civil then they can both be included in group sessions when needed. In any case, we don’t take sides between parental conflicts, and prefer to have a parenting plan in place when it comes to implementation of therapy solutions. Please note that our therapists are mandated court reporters. We must report any instances of abuse, hurt, neglect, financial exploitation or serious threats children make to others or themselves.

Which therapist is right for me?

Let us help you find the right therapist. Many of our therapists specialize in anxiety, so view our profiles online to learn more about specific counselors specializing in anxiety treatment or speak with our Client Care Coordinator, who can help you with a personalized match to the right therapist for your needs. 

Finding the RIGHT therapist is the most important piece of reaching your goals.

How long does Therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

I’ve never done therapy before...What can I expect in my sessions?

The unknown of anything new can make it scary. Especially if you’ve never been to counseling before. Let us show you the “roadmap” so you know what to expect:

1st Session:
This first meeting is an introduction for both you and your counselor. Your therapist will explain the therapy process and go over the specifics of informed consent. From there, your therapist will gather additional information about your history, current circumstances, as well as struggles and personal strengths, which will help them to define a treatment plan that aligns with your goals. 

This is also the chance for you to learn more about your therapist. We encourage you to ask questions and get to know them; the relationship you build with your therapist will be the most important part of your work together. 

2nd Session and Future sessions:
In your weekly sessions, you and your therapist will use evidenced based therapies such as CBT, Mindfulness or ACT, to help you address your symptoms of worry, stress and anxiety. For anxiety rooted in trauma, or related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), your therapist may recommend treatment with EMDR.

Closing Sessions:
Our goal is for you to find relief from your anxiety and be ready to “graduate” from therapy. In the last few sessions with your therapist, you will review your initial goals, the progress you have made, and solidify your new skills for managing anxiety in your life. At your last meeting together, you’ll have the time for the meaningful goodbye with your therapist.

How much does Anxiety Counseling cost?

We strive to create access to high quality mental healthcare for everyone. Our therapists’ rates vary by experience and specialized training. We will make every effort to find the right therapist for you. 

Acuity Counseling also accepts health insurance and offers both in-network and out-of-network coverage. 

We are in-network partners with: 

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Premera Blue Cross

* We do not participate in EAP plans

Why don’t you only use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

While we use CBT as an aspect of our therapeutic approaches, we know that every individual is different. No one responds to any method perfectly, so by employing many techniques we are able to provide the most personalized support. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is talked about in relation to mental health so often because it has a large body of research behind it and is easy to replicate across all cases. This is why you may hear it called “evidence based,” which it certainly is. However, we use other evidence based therapies in conjunction with CBT in our therapies.

How can I evaluate whether therapy is working?

Acuity is unique because we use research backed questionnaires to assess your mood, goals and progress. From time to time we may share with you your progress on these reports, “you report being angry 30% less days than when you started therapy,” and then ask what your goals for the future may be. We have found that by having clients set their own goals and following up regularly we can achieve better results.

If I go to Acuity for help, does it mean there is something wrong with me?

No. We try to break this stigma constantly.

Many people come to Acuity just to gain a better perspective of themselves and work on some issues that they are having in their daily life. There aren’t many places for people to vent and seek honest help, so we provide that space for people as well as psychologically informed advice to better cope with life’s persistent problems. Even if you have a mental health diagnosis there is nothing wrong with you. We all experience and react to the world in different ways, it’s hard to argue that there is anything wrong with that.

Is medication used in conjunction with your therapy?

Some conditions for some people are best treated with the help of medication. If we find it necessary after our initial assessments, we will discuss types of medication, your comfort with it, and the pros and cons of medication with you. If you so choose, we can refer you to the appropriate psychopharmacologist in the area. If you are already on medication, we will coordinate treatment with your primary provider.

How long does therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

GET STARTED

If you have questions and would like to talk about any of our counseling services, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation or send us an email.

First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling

We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.

Seattle: 206-922-2376

Bellevue: 425-549-3242

Bothell/Woodinville: 206-910-9476

info@acuitycounseling.net

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SCHEDULING

Use our Online Scheduling Tool or call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.

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INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling proudly accepts most major health insurance plans.

Aetna

First Choice

HMA

Meritain

Cigna

GEHA

Sound Health & Wellness

We do not participate
in EAP Plans

Acuity Counseling Locations

Seattle

Spokane

Bothell/Woodinville

BOTHELL/WOODINVILLE
Falcon View
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
(206) 910-9476

SEATTLE, WA
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 910-9476

SPOKANE
–Coming Fall 2021–
221 N Wall St.
Spokane WA 99201

(206) 910-9476

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