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What Is Counseling and How Can It Help?

Counseling is the use of therapeutic techniques to assist another person to address concerns related to emotional, behavioral or psychological concerns. We strive to work collaboratively with other service providers to build on techniques, skills and things that we already know work with the child to create a greater likelihood for success.

Our therapeutic approach is integrated, which means your therapist does not use the same therapeutic technique with all clients but uses a variety of treatment methods within their scope of practice to address each individual’s unique needs. The length of treatment varies by the needs of the individual and/or family. The therapist works with the individual to set treatment goals and to set benchmarks to measure progress.

Possible risks and benefits of counseling:

Counseling is not an exact science and outcomes can vary from individual to individual based on each person’s individual factors, needs, concerns and life situation. Individuals who work on having good communication with their therapist about their progress, difficulties and challenges as they work on their treatment plan have overall better outcomes through the course of treatment. Counseling requires making changes and this can result in added strain, stress in the family system and the risk that emotions may arise that cause discomfort.

How Are Services Delivered?

Cloverleaf Therapy offers services by appointment only. Sessions are scheduled for differing lengths of time
based upon your individual treatment plan, however most sessions are for 45 minutes. Please be prompt to
arrive at the time the appointment was reserved. Sessions cannot be extended if you are late.

Individual sessions: The focus of the session is working directly with the child to address treatment concerns and building new skills. This can be done with parents present in the room or in another room.

Group sessions: The focus of a group is to join others who are working on similar skills or have related goals and create a social opportunity to learn from peers or others outside of the family system. Groups are conducted on an as needed basis and vary in length and duration depending on the needs of the group.

Family sessions: The focus of the session is to address the concerns the child needs to address with other family members. Other family members are present in the session to help work on the child’s treatment goals. For example, siblings joining the session to work on play skills or a session where the child is not present and the counselor is working with other family members to learn new skills related to the child’s treatment.

It is the policy of Cloverleaf Therapy that caregivers remain onsite at all times during the session. Unaccompanied
children will not be seen. This is to guarantee the safety of the child as a staff person is not always available to
supervise children (including siblings) in the office before, during or after sessions.

How long does it last?

The length of time in counseling varies by individual depending upon their own circumstances. An average treatment time is 3-6 months but can be more or less depending on each person’s progress. Depending on a person’s need, the frequency may also vary. Typically, most clients start with one session once a week and as gains are made the frequency might be reduced to every other week or once a month. Once it has been determined that gains have been maintained or the family feels their goals have been met services would be concluded.

How is it paid for?

Depending upon your insurance coverage, there may be additional fees associated with receiving services such as co-payments and deductibles. You might also be required to pay a different amount if our providers are considered in network or out of network for your insurance. It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance coverage is accurate and up to date. If you are requesting services and your insurance determines that they are not medically necessary or is not covered by your insurance you would be expected to pay for that service out of pocket. Cash payments and co-payments are expected at the time of service. We are in network for most major insurance providers in the area including Medicaid.

What Are Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5th edition (DSM V) defines Neurodevelopmental Disorders as disorders that are typically manifest in early childhood, often before the child enters grade school.  They are a group of conditions that are characterized by developmental deficits or delays in personal, social, academic or day to day functioning. The degree to which the child is affected varies greatly from one individual to another and can range from specific limitations one area such as learning or executive functions to global developmental delays.

Neurodevelopmental disorders frequently co-occur with more than one condition such as a learning disability and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Other conditions might have specific characteristics in addition to deficits. For example, Autism Spectrum Disorder is frequently characterized by excessive repetitive behaviors, restricted areas of interest and unusual use of language in addition to deficits in social communication or other areas. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (2013). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.