Psychotherapy and consultation for individuals and families
Erica Reischer, PhD | Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY23228 | 510.488.3143 | DrEricaR@gmail.com
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If I decide to begin or just try therapy or coaching, what happens next?
If you decide to contact me, we will begin by briefly discussing why you are considering therapy or coaching, as well as scheduling, fees, and any questions you may have. At that point, you may choose to schedule an initial session so that we can meet in person.
In our initial session, we will continue to talk about your situation and how we will work together. The goal of our first meeting is for you to get a sense of how I work and how you will feel working with me.
If we agree that I can be helpful to you, then I will give you my initial perspective on how we can best work toward your goals, and we will discuss a schedule for our subsequent meetings. If, for some reason, it doesn't feel like a good fit, then I can provide you with a referral to help you find the right therapist or parenting specialist for you.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more, or to arrange a no-fee, initial phone consultation.
How often do we meet?
For therapy, in most cases we will begin by meeting once per week; this allows for the regularity necessary to build the understanding and trust that contribute to a good working relationship. In certain circumstances, we may decide together to meet more or less frequently.
For parent coaching, the frequency of our meetings depends primarily on the issues you would like to focus on.
What are your fees?
My standard fee for an office appointment is comparable to other professionals in the area. I also offer home visits as part of my parent coaching work, and group workshops on positive parenting. Please contact me for more information.
Therapy or coaching is an investment in yourself and your life. You should expect that working with me will make a positive difference in your life, and help you achieve your goals.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider and do not work directly with insurance companies on their panels. If you have out-of-network coverage for mental health or counseling services (contact your benefits administrator), I can provide you with an invoice if you would like to submit a statement to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Please be aware that if you decide to utilize your insurance benefits for mental health services, you may not have the same extent of privacy and confidentiality that you would otherwise.
What is parent coaching?
Using my training as a clinical psychologist, and insights from research in the fields of child development, learning theory, and developmental psychology, I work with everyday parents of children ages 1 through 10 on age- and development-appropriate issues.
The focus of parent coaching is as it sounds: to give you, the parent, the knowledge and tools you need to achieve your parenting goals. Parent coaching is like life coaching, but with a different emphasis.
One aspect of parent coaching typically focuses on helping parents minimize problematic behaviors, and cultivate pro-social, constructive behavior in their children. Often our daily interactions with our kids unintentionally and implicitly reinforce the very behaviors we want to minimize (lack of listening, impatience, power struggles, etc).
Another aspect of coaching focuses on teaching parents how to foster happiness, confidence, empathy, patience, and self-reliance in their children.
I offer both one-on-one parent coaching, and positive parenting workshops. More
Who should consider parent coaching?
Like most things we do in life, parenting is a skill. However, many parents receive little or no training in child development and behavior, developmental psychology, and learning theory. Parent coaching is for any parent who:
- Feels like their kids don't listen to them
- Sees areas of behavior in their children that they would like to be different
- Deals frequently with power struggles around homework, bedtime, meals, clothes, etc.
- Didn't have positive parenting role models when they were children
- Has little energy left over after parenting for their adult relationships
- Wants to do their best parenting
I specialize in working with everyday parents of children ages 1 through 10. More
What should I expect from parent coaching?
My goal in parent coaching is to give you the knowledge and tools that will enable you to achieve your goals as a parent. Most of the consultation time is directed toward you, the parent, and children are included when appropriate, ideally during a home visit, which is the most natural and comfortable setting for kids.
After working with me, you will have a better understanding of what drives your child(ren)'s behavior, and what you can do specifically to shape it. You will also understand how to guide your child(ren) toward becoming happy, confident, responsible, kind and accomplished young adults.
You should also expect a concrete set of tools and an action plan, with techniques that you can put into practice in your family immediately. More