How will I know my child/teen needs to start therapy?
Children and teens enter therapy for a variety of reasons. If your youth has been struggling with behaviors or mood symptoms (depression, anxiety, irritability) for some time OR there has been a sudden change in behavior, they may be a candidate for therapy. Children and teens who have experienced traumatic events (accidents, abuse, loss of family, bullying) would generally benefit from therapy. Other signs and symptoms which may indicate a need for counseling are:
- Having difficulties at home AND at school
- Isolating from friends
- Regressive behaviors such as bedwetting, clinging, excessive fearfulness
- Excessive worry and/or sadness
- Change in sleep habits and/or appetite
- Self-destructive behaviors
- Preoccupation with death
There are other reasons therapy may benefit your child. Give us a call for a complimentary phone consultation at 317.732.8699 or Contact Us.
How do I get an appointment?
Give us a ring at 317.732.8699 or Contact Us and a therapist will get in touch with you. You can also schedule a phone consultation HERE. Learn more about the evaluation process on our Appointments page.
What paperwork do I need to fill out?
Your assigned therapist will link you to the paperwork needed for the initial parent meeting. To save time, please bring the filled out paperwork to your appointment, or complete it beforehand through the online portal. Forms include: Intake Information, Service Agreement and Release of Information (if you would like the therapist to contact any outside providers). If the parents are divorced, a copy of the custody decree will be requested. If there is joint custody, the signature of both parents on intake forms is required.
How long are counseling sessions?
Individual therapy sessions are between 50 and 60 minutes depending on the need of the client. Family sessions are 60 to 65 minutes long. Family sessions are typically longer due to the increased complexity and having additional family members in the session.
How long does counseling take to resolve an issue?
The length of therapy is dependent on the individual goals and progress of a client. At Creative Counseling for Youth and Families, we work towards the fewest sessions as possible to create sustainable, long-term change. Client and family motivation towards change are often a big factor in creating change and progress. Generally speaking, a client can expect to attend sessions for at least three to six months. Give us a call at 317.732.8699 or Contact Us to discuss questions.
How much does therapy cost?
We provide the initial 15-20 minute phone consultation at no charge. Forty-five minute parent meetings are $80. Individual and family counseling fees are based on household income and range from $60-$145 per session. Contact Us for more information. If you are in need of reduced fee services, Creative Counseling is part of the Open Path Psychotherapy Network, for more information go HERE.
Do you accept insurance?
We are able to provide clients with a Superbill if they wish to submit for reimbursement for out-of-network coverage. Not sure what this means? Contact Us.
We are currently in network with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna (pending). Your therapist can look up your coverage as a courtesy, but it is the client’s responsibility to be informed about coverage, costs and out-of-network fees and limits.
What forms of payments do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), personal checks, cash (but have limited change), PayPal, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Do you provide online counseling?
Yes, we do! Check our Online Counseling Services page.
Do you provide testimony for divorce, custody, and visitation/parental access?
Creative Counseling for Youth and Families does NOT participate in custody hearings, custody/access disputes, visitation, or divorce proceedings. These matters are not within our scope of practice. Please contact legal council or another neutral party to assist you in this matter.
Will I be informed of what happens in my child’s/teen’s sessions?
Generally no, but you will be informed of treatment progress, areas of need and homework assignments. Client’s under the age of 18 are provided the same confidentiality rights as adults. However, the law may provide parents/legal guardians with the right to examine the treatment records. If there is a safety concern, parents/caregivers will be informed as soon as possible. It is Creative Counseling policy to involve a client’s family in the therapy process – which may or may not involve direct discussions of content from individual sessions.
What is your cancellation policy?
A 48-hour notice for cancellations and rescheduling is appreciated; 24-hour notice is required to avoid full session fee. Not showing up for a scheduled appointment will result in a full-session fee billed to your account. If you are late for your session you will be charged for the full session regardless of the amount of time used in session. Due to scheduling, late arrivals cannot be guaranteed a full 60 minute session.
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