Why Provide Behavioral Services In-Home?
Have you ever taken your kids somewhere and people comment on how well-behaved they are? The standard response is "You should see them at home!"
Children will often behave differently in public, or when they are around new people. While this may be welcome relief for the parent, it is not helpful for a therapist who is trying to work with you to change behaviors. You can either try to explain the behavior to me in the office while your little one colors and uses good manners, or I can observe the "meltdowns" in real time.
It is extremely valuable to be able to observe the problem-behaviors that are concerning you in the natural setting. Children are much more relaxed, and behave as they normally do. This also affords me the opportunity to observe interactions between family members that may be contributing to difficulties at home.
Why Provide Mental Health Services In-Home?
If you are seeking help for your child for other concerns, such as anxiety, school refusal, or depression, there are many benefits to being seen in-home. Besides the convenience for you, your child is likely to feel more comfortable, be less guarded and be more open during the session. Further, if your child is hesitant or resistant to therapy, it is often much easier to build a rapport on his or her own turf.
But are you judging me?
Do I have to clean before your visit?
No and no.
I get it. It can be a little awkward to have someone in your home. But believe me when I tell you, I am not judging your housekeeping skills. I'm pretty sure there is applesauce on my ceiling.
I choose to provide services in-home because I have found that it really makes a difference. When creating a plan to change behaviors, it is absolutely essential to understand when a behavior is occurring and why.
For those who prefer it, office hours are available by appointment and located in Chagrin Falls.