Forms & FAQs

Forms:

Once we have had an opportunity discuss the issues that you are facing, by way of a phone call, I will then describe my services that I think may be of help to you.  At that point, I will also discuss my fee and my availability.  Upon agreement to work together, an appointment for an initial assessment will be scheduled.  The Client Information Forms below are available to be downloaded from this site and can be filled out before the initial assessment.

I invite you to contact me by way of email or phone for a free consultation. I have spoken with many parents who were nervous at first about making the first call or contact, but who felt very relieved after having made that connection with me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Forms – Client Information Form

Forms – Informed Consent-Consent to Treat

Forms – Informed Consent

 

FAQs

Housekeeping FAQ’s:

Does “The Art of Family” take insurance?
How long is a “session”?
How should my child refer to his/her therapist?
Should I stay at the center during my child’s session?
When do I pay the fee for therapy?

Counseling FAQ’s:

How long will my child be in counseling?
Will my child and I be seen together or individually?
What is parent counseling?
How can parent counseling help?
What is family counseling?
What are the benefits of family counseling?



Does “The Art of Family” take insurance?
I do not participate in any insurance plans. This will mean that the client will be responsible for the payment at each session. Receipts for services will be available upon request.

How long is a “session”?
A session will last 50 minutes.

How should my child refer to his/her therapist?

Please have the children refer to their therapist as “Miss Kathy”

Should I stay at the center during my child’s session?
Parents, please remain at the “The Art of Family” counseling Center throughout your child’s session.  With older children, please leave an emergency cell phone number for your child.  If you should step away from the center, please return to the lobby before the end of the 50 minute appointment.

When do I pay the fee for therapy?
Please pay the fee for your therapy session at the beginning of the appointment.

How long does therapy typically take?
The length of counseling or therapy cannot usually be determined ahead of time, but the decision to continue or not will ultimately always be yours. We will periodically discuss your progress to determine how many sessions might be needed.

Some clients find four to six sessions to be helpful, especially when dealing mainly with specific parenting issues and questions. Usually however, children and families need a minimum of between six and twelve sessions to benefit. More sessions may be needed for more serious difficulties.

Some clients will participate in therapy for a period of time and then take a break from therapy, knowing they can return at any point in time for “booster” sessions or if new difficulties arise.

Will my child and I be seen together or individually?
During the initial assessment session, both the child and the parents are invited to come in the room to meet me.  This will reduce the anxiety that may be present in this new situation from the child or the adolescent.

There are some concerns that traditional family therapists have ignored the voices of the children in the family and have concentrated mainly on the issues of the parents. I offer individual child therapy because I believe that sometimes children need a special place to express themselves safely and to have their voices heard and acknowledged. Often children are afraid to express themselves to their parents for a number of reasons. The benefit of having an understanding child therapist is that children will feel free to express themselves without being afraid of hurting their parents or of causing their parents to disapprove of them.

There have also been concerns in the past that therapists who work only with children will exclude the parents from the therapeutic process, thus causing the parents to feel even more inadequate. For this reason, I believe that as a parent, you need to be an integral part of the therapeutic process with your child. You are the key people in the life of your child and need to be acknowledged for this extremely important role that you play. I will keep in contact with you by phone and if the situation calls for it, and you agree, provide parent counseling services to you.  This will help you to understand your child better and learn new ways of interacting with your child. This will enable you to be a source of continuing support to your child long after therapy has terminated.

What is parent counseling?
If your child is struggling with emotional difficulties or behavior problems, or if he or she has gone through a difficult or traumatic situation, as a parent you are likely to be feeling:

  • worried or concerned about your child
  • powerless or helpless because what you are doing may not be working and you don’t know what to do to change things
  • angry and frustrated with your child’s behaviors
  • confused and uncertain as to what is really the best way to parent
  • guilty or ashamed that somehow you may have failed as a parent
  • discouraged and inadequate because your child is experiencing problems

How can parent counseling help?

  • You will be supported in identifying and expressing your feelings related to your child’s difficulties so that these feelings will not interfere with your parenting
  • You will be supported in exploring various ways of interacting with your child that will improve the relationship between you and your child
  • You can learn new parenting skills and behavior management strategies
  • You will be updated on your child’s progress if he or she is involved in play therapy; you are provided with the general themes the child is expressing in play therapy and ideas to work adaptively with the child at home; additionally, you will have an opportunity to provide me with information about significant changes in your child’s behavior as well as to update me on important events that have occurred between play sessions
  • You will be supported in dealing with other issues causing stress in your life that may be impacting on your ability to help your child

What is family counseling?
Your family is more than just a group of individuals sharing a particular physical space or relational ties. Your family can be considered a system in itself, with its own rules, roles, and power structure. Family members collectively form a whole, or system, that can experience a wide range of difficulties. What affects one member of your family is likely to affect all others in the family.

The relationships between members of your family are deeply complex. Individuals in your family are tied to each other by powerful emotional attachments that will persist over the lifetime of your family. Family counseling focuses on the relationships and interactions between your family members.

What are the benefits of family counseling?

  • You and your family members can change unhealthy patterns of interacting and communicating with each other to more functional patterns of interaction
  • You and your family members can strengthen relationships between each other
  • You will understand how your childhood family relationships and extended family relationships can impact your current family relationships
  • You will learn how a healthy family structure contributes to healthy family relationships
  • You will learn to encourage separateness of individual family members, while still maintaining and developing connectedness between family members

 

 

Kathy Mattox, MA, MFT
The Art of Family
Strategic Parenting
Licensed Child, Marriage and Family Therapist
Independent Facilitator of Love and Logic® curricula
kmattox@The-Art-of-Family.com

707 Civic Center Drive, Suite #106
Vista, CA 92084