Family Service Inc.
 
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Family Services is a non-profit social service
agency located in Lawrence, MA
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COUNSELING CENTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will happen when I call Family Service?

Our intake coordinator will take some basic information – your name, address, date of birth, insurance information – and will ask you a few questions about why you are calling to see a therapist. The intake coordinator will make every effort to schedule an appointment during your first phone call.

How will I pay for services?

Most services are paid for by your insurance. If you have a co-pay, it must be paid the day of your appointment. The intake coordinator will discuss any co-pays with you when you first talk by phone.

If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for our sliding fee scale. You will need to bring in your most recent W-2. The office staff will discuss your payment amount with you.

Please note that psychiatric (medication) services are not subject to the sliding fee scale and you must pay the full amount for appointments. The fee for intake is $185 and $70 for med checks.

What should I do before I come in for my first appointment?

You may download the forms below which you will need to bring with you for your first appointment. Please complete the appropriate Personal Information and Medical History Form and a Treatment Agreement form.  These forms provide our office and your clinician with important information to help make treatment effective.

It’s often easier to fill out these forms before you arrive at the office. If you can’t fill out these forms before your first appointment, please try to arrive at Family Service fifteen minutes before the start of your appointment to give you time to fill them out at the office (you will receive the forms when you arrive here).

If you have any questions about the forms, the front desk staff or your therapist will be happy to speak to you about them.

What happens at my first appointment?

When you first arrive at Family Services, you will complete our intake forms. Once you have completed the forms, you will meet with your therapist. You and your therapist will review the forms and your therapist will answer any questions you may have about them. Your therapist will then begin to talk to you about your reasons for coming to Family Services. Your therapist may ask you questions about your family, your job and your history. This information is important in helping your therapist understand you and your unique story.

Will I feel better right away?

Probably not, but many people do report that just being able to talk to someone that really listens and does not judge them helps them feel somewhat better.

Therapy is not advice. Therapy helps you rediscover your own voice and supports you as you make the changes and adjustments that will help improve your life and relationships.

Therapy is not instantaneous. Psychotherapy is an ongoing, collaborative process. You and your therapist will brainstorm ways to make changes. It is up to you to work on these changes and to discuss with your therapist what is helpful and what is not.

I want my child to be in therapy, what will the therapist do?

Therapy with young children is different then therapy with adults. Most adults participate in “talk therapy” in which they and their therapist discuss issues and brainstorm strategies to deal with them, children participate in talk, play and expressive therapy. Play therapy is play with a purpose.

Play therapy allows children to express themselves and their feelings in a non-threatening way. Play and expressive therapy can include play with toys, art supplies, music and movement.

Therapy with adolescents can include both talk and play and expressive therapy depending on the preferences of the clients.

Your child’s therapist will discuss behavioral interventions with you and will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.