Getting Started

Before You Arrive

You will need to go to Patient Registration and complete the necessary paperwork.

What to Expect When You Arrive

  1. Prior to meeting the child, a 45-60 minute appointment is held with the parents to obtain a detailed account of the problem(s) and background information. During this time, a preliminary diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is discussed with the parents.
  2. Afterwards, follow up appointments are scheduled with the child to clarify the concerns, examine the child’s understanding of problems and the likelihood of responding to interventions.
  3. Optional psychological testing may be done on a case by case basis.
  4. After the initial appointments, the parents are scheduled for an interpretative session to discuss our findings and recommendations.

What to Tell Your Child About Making An Appointment

  1. A few days before the child’s initial appointment, explain your concerns
  2. Be honest but brief
  3. Place emphasis either on the family working together or getting help for his or her problems.
  4. If testing is required, explain that the purpose is to help everyone understand the child better. Our tests are not like tests in school because they cannot pass, fail, or get a grade.

What to Expect If Treatment Is Recommended

We believe that successful resolution of problems depends on many interrelated factors including:

  1. Selection of appropriate yet practical, solution-oriented treatment and intervention strategies.
  2. A good “fit” between child and therapist.
  3. Motivation of parents and child.
  4. Willingness to keep regularly scheduled appointments.
  5. Strong commitment of the parents to meet with the staff and follow through on recommendations.

What to Know About Length of Treatment

  1. The length of treatment varies depending upon the nature, severity and duration of the problems. Other influences on outcomes include the child’s temperament, ability to engage in treatment, and parent support.
  2. For children who participate in Social Skills Groups, the groups are opened-ended meaning that children come into groups for differing lengths of time depending upon their problems and ability to make use of the skills learned.

What Problems are Treated

  1. Although the list is not all inclusive, clicking on Common Problems will give you an idea of problems frequently addressed by our trained professionals.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Go to Patient Registration and fill out the necessary paperwork.
  2. Call and schedule an appointment at (919)876-5658 or (919)481-9012.

We look forward to working with you and your family!