The First Few Sessions: Child and Family Therapy

First Session

  • The first session will be a time to complete paperwork, understand your rights and limits to confidentiality and decide whether Peninsula Play Therapy will be the right place to get the support you are seeking.


  • You will also be encouraged to begin to share some of what has brought you to seek services and decide on the type of assessment that seems most useful. 

Second Session

  • This will be a time for you to go into further depth about your concerns and think more deeply about the best services for you and/or your child. An assessment schedule will likely be decided upon and you will begin to imagine the possibility that together we will be able to make sense of whatever is going on.


  • If your child will be coming for an assessment or treatment we will plan how to prepare your child for this next step.

Third Session

  • In the third session we will continue our collaboration around understanding the situation, either through the formal assessment you have decided upon or observation, screening tools and discussion.


  • If you have decided to involve your child in treatment they will be welcomed and helped to feel comfortable in the setting.


  • You will most likely begin to have a new idea or two at this point about something you can try with your child at home.



The First Few Sessions: Consultation and Parent Groups

Consultation

  • Consultation is a less formal agreement and undertaking then therapy services, but we will still use the first session to complete paperwork, understand your rights and limits to confidentiality and decide whether Peninsula Play Therapy will be the right place to get the support you are seeking.


  • You will also be encouraged to begin to share some of what has brought you to seek services and make a plan for frequency of consultation services.

Parent Groups

  • For parent groups, prior to the first group session, you will be scheduled for a 45 minute individual intake to complete paperwork and share some of what has brought you to seek services. This will give you an opportunity to consider the group that will best meet your needs. 


  • The first group session will be a time to introduce yourself, get to know the group members and become oriented to the group process. You can listen or share when you are ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you take insurance?


Yes, I accept San Mateo County MediCal, San Mateo County Healthy Kids, and Health Plan of San Mateo. 


Many insurance plans offer some coverage for diagnosed conditions treated by out of network providers. I would be glad to help you make use of that option.


Many families choose not to use their insurance to pay for mental health or behavioral health services because using insurance requires a diagnosis and involves the insurance company in the treatment plan. If you are worried about your child, it is recommended to seek support services before your child has significant symptoms, so you may be seeking early intervention services, which might not be covered by insurance.


Also note that insurance often does not cover couples work,  consultation, or IEP/IFSP support.

2. What options do you have if I can't afford therapy rates?

It is important to me that every family have the support that they need. That is one of the reasons that I offer so many group options (see services tab or see below). I have extensive experience with group work and have seen first hand that it is an exceptional way for some families to receive services. Among many other benefits, group treatment builds community for you and provides supported socialization opportunities for your child. 

3. What age range do you see?

As an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist I love to begin prenatally with families when they are in the last trimester of pregnancy, or even earlier. If there is concern around parental depression, anxiety, developmental or health concerns, these issues weigh heavily on families and early support is recommended.


I typically see children up to fifth grade/ten-years-old. However, all children develop differently and an older child might have needs that can be met best through play therapy. If you are in doubt, contact me and we can decide together through a free phone consultation.


I work with parents who are frustrated, worried, sad or suffering from other  parenting or  post-partum challenges. If you or your partner are caring for a child you deserve to have support for yourselves, in your own right, so that you are best positioned to provide the care you want for your child.



Fees for Services


Contact

I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation

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Peninsula Play Therapy, Leslie Baxter, LMFT

1117 S. B St. #9, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA

(650) 703-3288