Although services are tailored to meet the needs of your particular family, sessions are typically structured in the following manner:
♦ 30-60 minute initial telephone consultation/interview: NO COST (this is not considered a formal session).
This initial telephone conversation is conducted in order to allow the parent to share information about their parenting concerns with Dr. Egan. In addition, the parent will have the opportunity to become familiar with Dr. Egan’s communication style, ask questions about potential services, and schedule a future meeting, if appropriate. If Dr. Egan feels that she cannot adequately address the referral concerns, she will assist the parent in finding the appropriate service provider, if possible.
♦ Initial session(s): Home and/or School Observation(s)
Dr. Egan provides parent coaching services that are individualized to each specific family, based on the needs expressed in the telephone interview. In order to collect further information about a child (or children), Dr. Egan typically conducts a formal observation in either the home or the school setting (depending on the age of the child and/or the area of concern). If necessary, she will conduct an observation at both home and school. The goal is to become familiar with the child, their family, and the environment they’re living in, so that goals can be created that are developmentally appropriate and build the strengths of the child and their family.
♦ Follow-Up session(s): Individualized Parent Coaching in order to address your specific concerns (session length: approximately 60-90 minutes)
Each follow-up parent coaching and/or counseling session will take place in your home and is tailored to address the specific needs of your family. The strategies recommended by Dr. Egan will take into account your family’s structure, schedule, time constraints, resources, preferences, culture, interests, and current parenting style. Oftentimes, Dr. Egan works very closely with your child’s school or child care facility. Follow-up sessions may have the following format (or a combination thereof):
a) Parent Coaching: the focus is on the interaction between Dr. Egan and the parents, with emphasis on how the parents can more effectively interact with their child(ren).
b) Family Counseling: the focus is on the interaction between Dr. Egan and the entire family, with emphasis on learning more about the perspective of each member of the family and creating both individual and group goals so that the family will function in a healthy, satisfying way.
c) Individual Counseling: the focus is on the interaction between Dr. Egan and the child, working on coping skills, emotional regulation, self-esteem, and overall self-awareness with regard to their social, emotional, and behavioral well-being.