First Time Clients

Welcome to Creative Play Therapy Center

Thank you so much for considering Creative Play Therapy Center. We’re glad you are considering counseling for your child and your family, it is a really BIG step.  Being a kid in today’s world is really hard and being a caretaker of a child can be even harder.  I am here to help your family!  There is a lot more information throughout this website such as tips and how to get started.

How to set up a counseling appointment

1. Give us a call at (317) 969-8777

2. We will talk with you to make sure we are the right fit for your family and then send you information to fill out electronically. 

3. In the first 1st session we will discuss your history, story, and goals.  This session is usually done only with the primary care givers for younger children and with the child and care givers for older children. 

4. The 2nd session will be an individual session with the client…then we are off to the races.

How do I pay for counseling?

Creative Play Therapy Center is private pay.  We currently do not accept any insurance.  If you have a health savings plan, we are happy to provide you with a detailed bill to meet your insurance company’s requirement so that you can be reimbursed.  You can pay with cash, checks or credit cards.

FAQs

Q: What type of counseling license do you have?  


I am a LMHC which is short for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  I have undergone intensive training, internships, and testing to receive this credential.  I am registered with the state if Indiana and current regulations.  


Q: What type of therapy training do you have? 


I have been trained in several types of therapy as all good therapist should be.  I work mostly out of a couple of theories the biggest one being PLAY therapy. I am currently in a very intensive yearlong training to become a Registered Play Therapist. I will be registered through the Association of Play Therapy.  I also have training in trauma informed therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.  


Q: What are the counseling sessions like? 


Each session is unique to the client.  The first, what we call an intake session, is similar for just about everyone.  Basically we are sitting down and getting all of the background information and making sure that we are a good fit together.  This intake session is usually done with the primary care givers and the therapist.  The younger kids would be bored with this process so it is best that they just skip it.  It is very important though for the older kids to be part of this process.  I want to hear what they are thinking and feeling.  The young adults it is all on you, no more parents to hold your hand, so I try to make it as painless as I can.    Most families will receive a few session types while in services; individual, family, and play.  Each has a different feel but all have the same goal.  Bring you and your family closer, allowing you to all succeed in live, and bring some much needed laughter into all of our lives.  


Q: What therapy theoretical approach do you take? 


This can be a deep question for a lot of people and we can often get bogged down in tech jargon.  My main theoretical approach is client centered therapy.  This basically means the client is the center of everything.  I can explain this more in depth when we met.  


Q: How many counseling sessions do most clients attend? 


This really depends on the issues that you and/or your family are facing.  Some clients are in and out in just 6 sessions while others take up to a year or longer.  There are many things that factor into how long you are in services: How often you attend sessions?  How much effort you/your family put into therapy?  If there are any set-backs?  Most of my client when first starting attend 2 times a month for a couple of months, then we start to spread out sessions as we see progress.  Most client’s and/or families are done within 6 months.  


Q: Is counseling confidential? 


Counseling is always confidential except for a few distinct areas; harm to self, others, or someone is harming you is the basics of it. Children have the right to their confidentiality as well.  I will not discuss with you (care takers) what your child says in sessions.  They need a safe environment for them to express themselves and to work out the issues that they are having.