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Individual counseling is a collaborative process, and the more work and investment you put into it, the more progress you are likely to experience. It is important to not only talk with your counselor openly during your sessions, but also to focus on practicing strategies that will help with your healing, in between sessions as well.
Individual sessions are typically 50 minutes long and most commonly are scheduled once a week, although you and your counselor may determine that it would be useful for you to come more or less frequently, depending upon your situation. Payment is customarily made by check or cash at the end of each session, unless your counselor makes a different arrangement with you.
All FCOS offer individual counseling. To find a counselor that specializes in your specific needs, call our practice administrator Kimberly at (703) 569-1300.
Children deal with stress and emotional pain in a different way than adults do. Children have not yet developed the language skills to express complex feelings, so often their stress and emotional pain comes out through their behaviors: bed wetting, clinging to a parent, avoidance of going to school or poor performance in school, acting out behaviors. These are just a few of the behavioral clues that your child may need to talk with someone. It can be easy for even the most dedicated parent to miss or underestimate the emotional impact that changes in the family (such as a new baby, a divorce, the death of a family member or the remarriage of a parent) can have on a child of any age.
It takes specialized training and experience to do work with children, and often the therapy may “look different” than adult counseling would appear. Your child may come home saying, “We just played games the whole time,” however in what appear to simply be games to the child, a skilled child therapist can provide support, education and suggestions for behavior change that are assimilated by the child, without “talking about them” in the commonly expected way.
In child therapy, often “play” is used as the tool to help the child express their feelings, and begin to master their reactions to a stressful situation. Most commonly, a child therapist will also ask the parent/caregiver of the child to be involved in the counseling in some way—whether this is actually sitting in on a session, or is a short conference at the beginning or end of a child’s session to inform the parent of the child’s progress.