New Clients. Teen Therapy.

The First Meeting: Teens

If you contact us to schedule an appointment for your teenager to come to therapy, the first session is usually scheduled so that your teen and all of your teen’s parents or guardians can be present.  Similar to first sessions with individual clients, a first session for a teenager is an initial evaluation of your family’s situation, rather than a “therapy” session. Our goal is also to try to understand the problems in your teen’s life, from both your perspective and your teen’s perspective, as best we can.

The structure of an initial appointment may vary, depending on your family’s circumstances. Generally, the meeting begins with your and your teen together. First the therapist usually invites parents to discuss their concerns and the issues that have brought them to seek therapy for (or with) their teen. After giving the parents/guardians an opportunity to explain their perspective, your therapist will then invite your teen to discuss his or her perspective. Usually at this time, the therapist will ask for some time alone with your teen to get to know him or her a bit better and to hear more about his or her perspective on the situation. After this parents and invited to rejoin the session. Together we can discuss whether our services may be a good fit for your family, and how we might proceed.

Depending on your family’s needs, your therapist may recommend individual therapy for your teenager, may recommend family therapy, or may recommend a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, and/or parent coaching and support. If we decide to initiate therapy, these recommendations may change over the course of treatment. If there is a concern that there may not be a good match between us, then we can provide you with names of other therapists who might be helpful to you.

Confidentiality between Therapists, Minors, and Parents

Privacy in therapy is often critical to successful progress, especially with teens. Teens need to feel that they can talk freely, without censoring themselves for fear that the therapist will disclose their thoughts and feelings to their parents. Therefore, if we see a teenager in individual therapy, we generally ask all parties to agree on a confidentiality policy. Usually this policy specifies that the therapist will not disclose information to the parents without the teen’s consent unless the therapist believes the teen is in imminent danger of harming him- or her-self or others.

Sometimes teens disclose information that may not suggest imminent harm, but in the therapist’s judgment, may be valuable or important information for a parent to know. Sometimes teens are reluctant or fearful of disclosing such information to their parents. In these situations the therapist will generally work with the teen to identify strategies for self-disclosing this information to you. 

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Weir Psychological Services, Inc.

2255 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 110 Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 659-6354