Counseling & Therapy Services: Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ
I welcome a phone call from you! I am available for a free 10-minute consultation to discuss whether you can benefit from individual, teen, family or couple’s counseling.
During this call, I invite you to ask me questions about my counseling practice, and what prompted you to call. I will ask a few questions about what you or your child is struggling with, and what you are seeking help for.
Sometimes people are very clear about the questions they would like to ask me, and sometimes they are not. That’s really okay if you aren’t sure. Many people have never been in counseling, and do not know what to ask or expect.
It is common for people to ask questions pertaining to:
No matter how worried you are about your child, I am confident we can find the right direction together! Your child can learn the tools and skills to be a stronger teen and find great success.
The first counseling session will be with you, the parents. This is for me to learn more about your teen, and why you are so concerned. Even if you are divorced, it is still important for me to meet with both parents, in my Phoenix counseling office, before scheduling an appointment with your child. This is to make sure I am a good fit for your teen’s needs. I can meet with you together or individually, whatever your preference is. Although it works best if I can see both parents together in this first counseling session, we can schedule the appointments separately, if it works better for you.
Prior to this first counseling session with me, you will complete some paperwork that explains a number of things, including:
I also go over this paperwork with you in the first therapy session, just in case you have any questions.
Together in this initial therapy session, we will talk about:
This first therapy meeting accomplishes several things. I begin to get a very clear idea about the concerns you have for your teen, what you have done to try and solve the problem as a parent, and what, in your opinion, has contributed to the problem.
This is a time for me to understand your child and family better, but it is also a time for you to determine if you feel comfortable with me.
As I will be interacting with both your teen and you during our therapy session, it is essential that you feel I am a good match for you and your teenager. The therapeutic relationship is the most important part of counseling. You must feel confident in my skills, my experience, and the counseling approach I use.
This assessment phase is designed to give me a clear idea of what the problems are. It is also the time to identify the different strength’s I know your teen has.
After all, I will be building on them!
The first individual counseling session with your teen is really important for a couple of reasons. It’s usually a toss-up as to whether they will want to attend or not. It is very common for parents to be more motivated for their teen to attend, than the teen is! Usually, those resistant feelings subside once your teen attends the first therapy session and sees that counseling is not so “weird” or scary.
The most important part of counseling is the therapeutic relationship, so getting off to a good start is a priority!
Each session is an hour long. In the first counseling session with your teenager, I will review confidentiality and summarize the concerns you have voiced in the parent meeting. I prefer to meet with your teen for counseling weekly, for at least a month or two, sometimes longer. This is to establish a solid therapeutic relationship and begin working on the problems he or she is struggling with.
How long counseling lasts with your teen and the frequency of sessions is really a collaborative decision. This decision is usually based on a variety of different factors, including: severity of the problem, ongoing stressors that may exist, and motivation to change.
Sometimes kids like to keep the connection and continue coming intermittently to sustain the positive changes they have made. I am excited when that happens, because it tells me they value the work they’ve done and their efforts to grow.
Counseling sessions are so much more than just “talk therapy!
Although “talk therapy” is wonderful and is always a part of the session, I regularly introduce an exciting array of techniques and ideas that keep the counseling sessions stimulating, interesting and challenging. These techniques are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles, but I have just spiced them up a bit.
In this process of change and healing, your teen will begin the journey toward great success.
Individual counseling will help your teen to:
Has your family life become chaotic?
As a counselor that works with families, I have the expertise to help you get your family back on track.
Family counseling can help if:
How many times have you asked your teenager to do something, only to be met with “just a second!” or, “I’ll do it later” or, better yet, “hold on, geez!” Or, even worse, a flat out “no, I am not doing that!”
At what point does your child comply with what you’ve asked them to do? Is it after the first request, the third, the fifth, or maybe not at all?
If you have experienced a family crisis, everyone may be under a lot of stress. There may be feelings of sadness, desperation, fear, and confusion. Tempers may flare, feelings are hurt easily, and some family members may withdraw or isolate. It may feel like your entire family is off balance.
Family counseling restores balance. You will learn the skills to talk to each other in respectful and honest ways. As parents, you will learn powerful and effective ways to set limits with your teen. Your teen will learn to establish trust and credibility with you.
You will begin to laugh and love more!
In family counseling, you will also learn to:
Family therapy sessions are usually 1 to 1½ hours in length. In the first few sessions, we will establish goals for your family, and a course of therapy, including frequency and duration of sessions. I use a combination of counseling approaches including Family Systems Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
As we work together in this process, you will develop the skills necessary to meet the goals you have set as a family.
Is your relationship causing you to lose sleep at night?
As a couple’s counselor, I have the expertise to help you create the relationship you have always wanted!
Couples or marriage counseling can help if you are experiencing any of these problems in your relationship:
It’s very common for couples to experience challenges in their relationship. It’s almost a “given”, when you have two people who are entirely different, spending lots of time with each other. Sometimes, however, these challenges become overwhelming, and very difficult to resolve.
Perhaps you are discovering significant “compatibility” and/or “value” differences that didn’t seem to be there in the beginning. These differences may be causing friction between you and your partner. It’s easy to say “forget it”, and move on. But moving on generally means you just bring the same issues with you to the next relationship.
Isn’t it time to stay put and work it through?
In couples or marriage counseling, you will learn the skills to resolve the challenges in your relationship. You will gain insight and develop a higher degree of compatibility and respect for one another.
In the initial assessment phase of couples counseling, you and your partner will identify goals for your relationship and yourselves. Couple or marriage counseling sessions are typically 1½ to 2 hours in length. The frequency and duration of couples counseling sessions is a collaborative decision, based on the severity of the problems you are experiencing and your willingness to work toward your goals.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Lynn Hoyland, M.A., M.F.T.
Lynn Hoyland, M.A., LMFT
Lynn Hoyland is a therapist and counselor who provides counseling services to parents, teens, and couples in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ.
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