First, your child’s therapist will meet with both you and your child to 1) discuss your reason(s) for seeking therapy, and 2) obtain your child’s family, medical, social, school, and (if any prior) treatment histories. Then, if you and your child are comfortable, your child’s therapist will meet with your child alone to complete a more thorough assessment and identify goals for therapy. The last part of the session you will be brought back in, at which time your child’s therapist will provide recommendations for treatment and frequency of sessions.
Communication with Other Adults
The therapists at DMC take a collaborative approach to individual therapy with your child. In doing so, they may enlist the help of positive adults in your child’s life. It is important to your child’s treatment outcomes that their therapist is able to communicate with these people when necessary to ensure your child has the most support possible, that treatment is seamless, and that your child is hearing the same messages. Examples of positive adults include: teachers, school social worker, school psychologist, school counselor, coaches, youth group leader, psychiatrist, pediatrician, and other involved treatment professionals. Each child’s situation is different and the frequency of communication varies on the needs of your child’s treatment.
Communication with You
You are the most important player in your child’s well-being and a valued part of treatment. Each therapist at DMC practices uniquely and depending on your child and family’s needs may involve you more or less frequently. Your therapist may invite you in for family meetings with or without your child to discuss concerns, explore ways for you to best support your child according to their needs, and to improve communication between you and your child.
For treatment to be most effective, it is important for your child to have trust in their therapist and, therefore, your involvement in their treatment may be limited. To build and maintain that trust, your child’s therapist will respect your child’s privacy and what they bring up in session will stay between them and those with whom their therapist has a signed consent to talk with.
If your child is engaging in behavior that may put them at risk for harm, your child’s therapist will encourage your child to share this with you in a family session or during their session if necessary. Should your child be at imminent risk of suicide, you will immediately be notified and we will take necessary steps together to ensure your child’s safety. Please note, that if your child is having thoughts of suicide and not at imminent risk, this information may not be shared with you to maintain the client-therapist trust. Please be in tune with your child and notice changes in behaviors and bring them to your child’s therapist’s attention as you see fit.
DMC values being open with clients about the communication their therapist has with you and other supports. Your child will be aware of when information is shared pertaining to them, when it will be shared and what information will be shared. You will be notified of your child’s progress and whether they might need additional therapeutic supports as necessary.
We welcome and value updates and information provided by you in between sessions. Please note, in order to uphold trust with your child, any communication from you will be shared with your child in an appropriate manner.
If you ever have questions about your child and our sessions, please do not hesitate to call or email their therapist.
Lentgh of Treatment
DMC recommends initially coming in once a week to so your child is able to build comfort and trust with their therapist, become familiar with how therapy works, and to make progress toward their goals and needs. As you and they engage in therapy and begin to make progress toward their goals their therapy needs may change. Your child’s timeline for therapy is unique to them. Some may come in with a specific goal they would like to work on and they otherwise have healthy supports, coping skills, and don’t meet criteria for ongoing care. For others, it may not be as progress toward their treatment goals and needs may take longer and ongoing therapy necessary for optimal benefits. It is important to talk with your child’s therapist about your expectations and their recommendations to avoid confusion.
DMC rates vary based on therapist, session type, and other services provided. You will be provided with a clear outline of costs based on your child and family’s assigned therapist and needs. DMC is not paneled with insurance companies at this time. If you need to use your insurance, it is recommended that you contact their benefits department and ask about out-of-network behavioral health coverage. DMC is able to provide you with the necessary information needed by your insurance provider to submit claims for these benefits. Mental health costs are approved for HSA use and DMC does accept payment in this form. For more information about costs, please contact your child’s therapist directly or call the billing department at 303-809-3341 x.2.
What to do when concerned about your child’s safety
Your therapist is available between your child’s sessions should you have questions or concerns about their safety. Please note that because DMC is not a crisis center, we have limited availability. We recommend you call, text or email your child’s therapist – keeping in mind they may not be able to get back to you immediately – and leaving a message stating your concern and best way to reach you.
If you have concerns for your child’s safety in regards to suicide and you do not feel you are able to keep them safe until you hear back from their therapist we recommend calling Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), going to your nearest emergency room or walk-in clinic for an evaluation, or – if absolutely necessary – calling 911 for transportation to an emergency room. Please inform your child’s therapist if you do engage other supports and make sure to sign a release for your child’s therapist to be able to communicate with whomever will be assisting in their care.