When stress hits critical mass, help does make a huge difference. Expressing yourself to a trained therapist, who can serve as your own or your child’s thinking partner is the first step.
Loriann Oberlin, MS, LCPC counsels children as young as four and sees adult clients through their careers into retirement. Since children and teens don’t always sit right down and talk as adults may, Loriann uses creative modalities, including therapeutic books, games, art, toy, apps or video clips that help connect with youth whose words then emanate from play.
While maintaining that safe space for kids and teens to share, Loriann checks in with parents involving them in sessions, as needed. Men, women, boys and girls benefit from counseling when there are:
- too many worries, depressed mood or anger
- irritability, self-doubt, feeling taken for granted
- underachievement, not meeting milestones and personal goals or continued over-functioning
- peer/social conflicts, bullying or loneliness
- trouble adapting to life transitions, illness, chronic pain, grief/loss, sexual or romantic difficulties
- few assertiveness or good communication skills such that you end up pleasing others, not yourself
CANCELLATION POLICY is 48 hours in advance of your appointment OR FRIDAY in advance of a Monday appointment. Reminders for appointments are not guaranteed; in fact, they are rare. Should you miss or cancel scheduled appointments within this 48-hour window, it cannot be billed to your insurance company and you will be responsible for the charges at my usual and customary fees.
Out of session time necessary for proper case coordination with physicians, school counselors, other treating providers, attorneys and anyone else is billed at my hourly rate, pro-rated. Outside of quarterly or yearly statements, administrative fees may apply for paperwork/invoicing as payment is due at time of service. Therefore, once again, please know your benefits as this knowledge empowers you as the consumer.
Regrettably, though communicated in a myriad of ways, billing issues and misunderstandings regarding the 48-hour or Friday-before-Monday notice wreaks havoc on the therapeutic relationship. I always want to avoid that.
True emergencies mean a death in the immediate family, an ER or hospital visit, a bed-ridden or seriously contagious illness. Sports practice, games, having to work, or a babysitter cancelling are not exempt from this policy. You can avoid hassle/fees by setting reminders, keeping in close communication of potential problems in your schedule. Email is preferred; phone message as well; text only during business hours and ONLY for scheduling snafus or if you do not have email access.