What will therapy be like for my child and family?
That’s a great question, especially if you have never had therapy yourself. My hope is to help you and your child deal with your particular problem or situation. While I have years of experience and lots of training and education, I am not an expert on your particular child. I strongly believe that parents know and understand their child the best. Parents may need help in a certain direction but parents are certainly key to the therapeutic process for their child. Including parents in treatment and in sessions, at times, is key to the success of therapy.
What happens in a session?
Your particular interventions will be tailored to your child’s needs and your family needs. I believe therapy can be helpful, joyful, fun and engaging. It can also be painful to face difficult and scary feelings. You can expect your child (and even yourself) to experience a wide range of emotions.
Depending on the age of your child, we may sit and talk, or we may play games and move around the room. It all depends on what is happening on that particular day, the age of your child, and the intervention(s) I may use at a given time.
For younger children, I often use play therapy as an intervention. Parents often worry that ‘play therapy’ is ‘just playing’. Play therapy is a powerful intervention that can allow children to express themselves, feel relief from difficult feelings, gain insight, and build self esteem. In addition, play therapy has so many other benefits for a developing brain. It may be helpful to check out www.aapt.com.
I am also competent at providing cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and I utilize elements of dialectical behavioral therapy.
Do you have a plan for treatment?
Yes! A treatment plan is key to providing good, quality service. We want to be able to determine when the problem is getting better, and inevitably, help decide when we will end treatment. For children, I typically create a preliminary problem statement and see the child for four to five sessions. I then have a parent session to go over the treatment plan with 2 to 3 goals and an estimate on how many sessions we need for the future.
Will I have to wait for 4 to 5 sessions to talk to you and find out how my child is doing?
No! Depending on the age of your child, you may even be in the first session for the entire time. For other children, I am happy to schedule a phone call or talk with you at the end of the session for a few minutes. Sometimes, I give children something to ‘practice’ and will go over this with the parent at the end of the session.
What are your areas of expertise?
I have several areas of expertise including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression and anxiety, adoption, abuse, neglect and trauma. I have also worked with children who are refusing to go to school; children with extreme tantrums and meltdowns, and children who need help with social skills and social learning.
What kind of experience and training do you have?
I have Master of Social Work degree and am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide independent counseling. I exceed the number of continuing education hours mandated by the state of Virginia to keep my license up to date.
Do you have evening availability?
I have some. But everyone with children would like an evening appointment spot. There are many good reasons to take your child out of school to come and see me during the day. The first is that after a full day of school, many children are not going to do their best work in therapy, particularly pre-school and early elementary children. The second reason is that parents often feel more available to participate in therapy when they are not exhausted after a long day at work. There are certainly children who do not like to miss school and don’t like to go in late or leave early. I will do my best to accommodate appointments during prime hours but it may require being placed on my waiting list.
Do you offer a free consultation call?
I do. I am happy to speak with you before we meet in person. I am happy to answer any questions you may have and give you a sense of who I am and how I may help you and your family.
Individual Therapy Range:
$110 - $165 per session
Approved non-network provider for Tricare.
Out-of network for other panels but check back or inquire about your particular insurance.
Karen Chaudhry, LCSW
3600 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030