As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I try to work with the family whenever possible. Of course, depending on the age of the client, I involve the parents to a greater or lesser degree.

In the case of younger children, I work individually with the child, using play therapy techniques to create a safe environment for them to express their feelings. While confidentiality for all clients, regardless of their age is a legal and ethical mandate, I believe that meeting with the parents of younger children on a regular basis is important in order to assess progress outside of my sessions with the child.

With adolescence, parent involvement is also very important, but because the developmental task of adolescents is to begin to separate from their parents in order to prepare for adulthood, I involve the adolescent in the decisions related to parental sessions as much as possible.

I have found that parents are often concerned about safety issues regarding their children in therapy and the impact of confidentiality on the safety of their child. As part of my initial meeting with prospective clients, I explain the limits of confidentiality and my commitment to informing parents whenever I believe their child is a danger to him/herself or others.

     
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