While privacy in therapy is crucial to successful progress, parental involvement is also essential. It is necessary that a legal guardian with the rights to consent for medical treatment is present with the minor child for the session, even if I am seeing the child individually for the duration of the scheduled session.
It is also important to remember that the process of building a therapeutic alliance requires trust and treating the sensitive information discussed in session as confidential. If a child or adolescent cannot trust me to create the same environment for them as my adult clients, the process is not likely to be beneficial.
Please consider this when asking for details of the session and continue open dialogue with me about your concerns. Please know that I am legally obligated to report abuse and neglect, as well as to inform the caregivers or take precautions to protect the child/adolescent from harm. If the session is concerning any imminent danger to the minor child, the parent/guardian and/or proper authorities will be alerted.
Please be advised that prior to the commencement of services with a minor client who is named in a custody agreement or court order, I am obligated to obtain and review a current copy of the custody agreement or court order, as well as any applicable part of the divorce decree. I am obligated to maintain these documents in the client’s record and abide by the documents at all times. Please bring these documents with the minor child when presenting for the first session.
If you are seeking services for a minor that is involved in a suit affecting the parent child relationship (example: custody, divorce, guardianship, parental rights), please be aware that I provide strictly therapeutic services. I am not a forensic evaluator or parent coordinator and I do not offer case studies, parent fitness evaluations, or home studies. If I am subpoenaed for testimony in a legal proceeding related to custody, please understand that it will be detrimental to the therapeutic relationship and I will in most cases be ethically obligated to terminate services. For any legal concerns regarding subpoenaing your therapist as a witness or the protected and confidential records, please contact me directly – Kelly McCabe at (512)688-5615