Getting Started

Seeking help can be daunting or overwhelming, but it can also be the best thing you can do for your well-being.

It can be hard to find the right therapist fit for your family. It is important to be an educated consumer and to look for three main criteria in a therapist:

1. Relationship

A therapist who can build a positive relationship with you, your child, or adolescent.

2. Research-based

A therapist who practices research-based, effective treatment strategies such as behavioral therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy

3. Experience

A therapist who has experience treating your specific age group or issue (e.g., children, couples, adolescents, etc.).

Be an informed consumer; don’t be afraid to seek a therapist that is a good fit for your family.
— Dr. Aimee Kotrba

The Process Of Working With Our Team

When you call to schedule an appointment, we will get a brief overview of your concerns. Based on these concerns, we will match you/your child with a therapist who could best help. Additionally, we will obtain some demographic and insurance information. This phone call will take approximately 10 minutes.

The first appointment will be a “diagnostic intake,” and consists of obtaining information about concerns, history/background, strengths and weaknesses, etc. Based on these indicators, our therapists will work together with individuals, parents, and couples to develop an action plan to help your family thrive.

You will be asked to fill out paperwork online prior to the first appointment (a link will be sent to you by email). All paperwork can be discussed with your therapist..

Seeking help can be daunting or overwhelming, but it can also be the best thing you can do for your well-being. 

Child Psychotherapy

After the first session, an appointment will likely be made with your child and the therapist. The main goal of the first sessions are to develop a positive relationship with your child, since much of a child’s motivation for and outcomes from therapy are based on the relationship with the therapist. These sessions truly set the stage for the success of the intervention!

Many treatments last approximately 20 sessions and necessitate weekly sessions, but this differs for each child and presenting concern. Your therapist should be able to give you a good idea of treatment progress and timeline after a few sessions with your child. Additionally, most treatments are active and involve a component of “work” outside of the therapy session, so “homework” or “projects” may be assigned to encourage use of learned skills during the week.

Adult or Couples Psychotherapy

After the diagnostic intake, your clinician will work with you to schedule future appointments. These appointments typically last around 50-60 minutes, and will include research-based intervention techniques (and empathetic listening).

 
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Social Media and Communication Policy –

Our licenses require that we follow the Code of Ethics from the American Psychological Association (APA). This code considers “virtual relationships” to be equivalent to face-to-face relationship and the code generally discourages multiple relationships with clients. Further, the code states that therapists are prohibited from engaging in a personal virtual relations with individuals with whom they have a current counseling relationship (e.g., through social and other media). Therefore, our practice policy shall be to not knowingly accept a “friend” request (or similar virtual relationship that uses another term) on any social networking platform from current clients or in any case in which I believe that blurring of counselor-client relationship may be adversely affected. This policy includes (but is not limited to) the following social media platforms on which we may have a personal presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-In, GroupMe. 

We maintain a professional presence for our practice (Thriving Minds) on Facebook. This presence exists solely to provide information to the public pertaining to the practice and related topics. It also assists in directing interested individuals to the official practice website.

It shall be the policy of our clinic not to knowingly communicate with clients via instant messaging, “chatting” or similar technologies. This includes, for example, instant messaging through Facebook and other social networking sites.

Email:

It is our policy to only communicate through email with clients through the secure email system that is accessible through the a secure portal.

Texting:

It is our policy to not communicate with clients via texting. The best way to contact us is by phone call.