Frequently Asked Questions

How do you support my child and our family during the 12-week Comprehensive Family Support System?

Phase 1- Child Centered Phase (3-months)

Connection-We will build trust and connection so your child feels invested in the program Creative Toolbox- Your child will be taught specific creative strategies and will create their own unique coping skills to help them change their behaviors Practice- Your child will practice new behaviors and adapt tools and strategies to help them positively express their feelings and change their behaviors During this phase parents will receive support and individualized tools to support their child's changes. During Phase 1 you'll receive the following support:
  • Four- 60 minute sessions for your child per month using art therapy, creative problem solving, and coaching to help your child change the patterns that keep them from positively managing their behaviors and coping with problems when they arise.
  • Two- 30 minute laser parenting coaching support calls per month. If applicable, you may use one of these calls per month as a connection with your child's school and I will collaborate with the school to coordinate comprehensive support for your child.
  • Weekly support check-in via email (initiated by the parent) designed to keep you focused on positive outcomes and changes as you move forward boldly in the process of reclaiming your parenting power.

After the first 3-months (Phase 1) you decide if your child needs more support.

(If Applicable) Phase 2- Sibling Centered Phase (3-months)

Introduction- If appropriate, sibling(s) will be introduced to the child's sessions. During this phase rules and expectations will be developed, and negotiating differences will be addressed Exploration- Your child and siblings will develop skills and creative ways to manage disagreements and problem Integration- Your child and siblings will utilize coping strategies and communication skills in situations at home During this phase parents will receive support and individualized tools to support their child's changes and to encourage positive sibling communication.   During Phase 2 you'll receive the following support:
  • Four- 60 minute sessions per month for your child and sibling to work together using art therapy, creative problem solving, and coaching to help your child change the patterns that keep them from positively managing their behaviors and coping with problems when they arise. If you are meeting in person, these sessions can include siblings ages 5 and up (depending upon developmental level). If the program is over Skype your child and their siblings ages 9 & up can work together (depending upon developmental level).
  • Two- 30 minute laser parenting coaching support calls per month. If applicable, you may use one of these calls per month as a connection with your child's school and I will collaborate with the school to coordinate comprehensive support for your child.
  • Weekly support check-in via email (initiated by the parent) designed to keep you focused on positive outcomes and changes as you move forward boldly in the process of reclaiming your parenting power.

(If Applicable) Maintenance Phase (3-months after program is completed)

Check-in- At times when a program ends a child or sibling will go back to old behaviors because they've let things slide and the parents feel things have gotten so much better, so they they are not as diligent about using the tools and strategies they have learned. This phase will help you check-in on a monthly basis to sustain the changes made. Re-evaluation- Keep your child on track when problems arise and explore how to positively manage behaviors and feelings at home and in school On-going support- Designed to help you maintain the changes you have made as a parent and to support you as problems arise, so you continue to stay empowered as a parent During the Maintenance Phase you'll receive the following support:
  • Two- 60 minute sessions per month for your child (or siblings- depending up the child' needs) using art therapy, creative problem solving, and coaching to help your child change the patterns that keep them from positively managing their behaviors and coping with problems when they arise.
  • Two- 30 minute laser parenting coaching support calls per month. To help you to continue to support your child's changes.
  • Weekly support check-in via email (initiated by the parent) designed to keep you focused on positive outcomes and changes as you move forward boldly in the process of reclaiming your parenting power.

How do you offer the Comprehensive Family Support Program sessions for children?

Each session with your child or teen is 60-minutes. You can either meet with me in-person for your child's sessions if you are in the Sarasota area or I can Skype with your child (if it is developmentally appropriate).

How do you offer the Comprehensive Family Support Program parent coaching calls?

For your parent coaching calls I will share with you a phone number to call into. If both parents cannot attend the call live a mp3 recording of the call can be made. I'll ask you and your partner to come up with some specific goals you are working on during the program and then I will support you during these calls and weekly check-ins. If you are separated or divorced I would still encourage you and the child's parent  to attend these calls together so you are parenting consistently. If this is not possible, then the monthly calls can be split between the parents or used by just one parent.

My child is young and I live outside of the Sarasota, FL area, can you still help me?

Yes, if you are looking for parent support with individualized strategies and tools to help your child then you'll want to read about the Parent Coaching Program. You have access to my 'insider' secrets to help your child shift their behaviors- so no more second guessing on how you could handle problems when they arise. Essentially it's like having your own doctor on 'speed dial'. You can learn more about parent coaching program here>

What happens during the Comprehensive Family Support Program sessions with my child?

If appropriate at the start of the session I ask the parent(s) to check in with the child to explore what’s been working and what has not been working during the last few weeks. During our initial consultation we can discuss how to best support your child, without sharing too much information. Then your child (or children) and I spend the session creating. When we work in -person I will provide art materials to work with. If I am working with your child for the whole program over Skype then I will send the art materials to your home. During our time together we will develop individualized coping strategies to help your child manage difficult emotions and situations. I have a toolbox of proven strategies to help your child self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, the ones that work the best will be the strategies your child feels a sense of ownership and interest in. At the end of the session we will wrap up and your child can choose to share what they have made during our time together. You can ask questions during the 30-minute support calls or weekly email check-in. I can talk about themes and generalize information, and out of respect I will only share with you what your child says is okay to share. If there are any serious concerns regrading your child’s behavior I know of therapists throughout the country and will share with you referral information. Please note: When working via Skype I ask that you set aside a quite space where your child can work without interruption and were there is privacy.

How can you help us? What are your qualifications?

I have a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and I am a nationally Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, NY State licensed art therapist, certified coach, with 23 years of experience working with families, children and teens in over 21 school districts. I founded the Creativity Queen, LLC, 2007 Small Business of the Year to help children, teens, adults, and families tap into their creativity to solve problems, strengthen their relationships, and welcome in self-love, compassion, and acceptance. Over the span of two decades, and having the privilege of working with over 1,000 of individuals, I noticed that the most rapid progress made towards change involved focusing on my client’s strengths, not deficits. This is a family support program, helping your child express themselves through the creative discovery process, as well as supporting you as a parent to best help your child. All of the feelings and behaviors your child expresses are an opportunity to learn how to communicate what they feel and what they need. I will not diagnose or label your child. If your child needs more support that I am able to provide, I will provide you with referral information.

What if my child doesn't like the program?

Children are naturally creative and intuitive. They know also know when something is full of baloney. I’ve found that over the last 20 years working with children, teens, and families, there were less than a handful of children or teens who didn’t want to “play” together. These were children who were not given a choice to see me. Children like to play, they like art and being creative, they like the attention, and they want to be heard (teens love expressing themselves even more than you imagine)- this is the basis of the Comprehensive Family Support Program. With that said, your child needs to feel invested in the program, and that it is their choice to work together over the time we determine. I can meet your child the 1st time and if they don’t want to continue you will only be charged for that initial session.

What’s the best way to describe to my child what’s going to happen during a Comprehensive Family Support Program session?

Let your child know they are meeting Ms. Laura (please don’t use the word doctor for smaller children, as it will often make children feel scared or uncomfortable). Let your child know that you've noticed that you've been yelling and arguing more or everyone in the house has been getting upset easily (identify family problem and use language that does not shame or blame your child), and Ms. Laura is a person who helps children and parent get along better. She uses art supplies like paints, markers and clay; together you make art, play, and share what you are feeling. When talking with a teen you can explain they can talk about and create what they want, and it’s confidential. Of course, adapt the language to fit your child’s age. Please be aware that children are more likely to be successful in this program when they feel invested and you can help them by allowing them to make a decision about who they work with. You can own your parenting power by deciding that your child will receive support, and then letting your child know that they have a choice of who they decide to see.

I see there are different Phases- tell me about how that works?

During the first phase I will work with your child and you on the problems they are encountering. During this time they will learn new tools to help them and they will be given the opportunity to practice these new tools during sessions and at home. This phase lasts three months. At the end of the 3-months we will discuss how the program has helped your child and what may be next for your child. You may decide that your child and his/her sibling(s) could use support to help them improve they way the communicate, then your child would begin Phase 2- of the program and work with their siblings over the next 3-months. You may decide you want your child to stay in the program and receive more support, we will then re-enroll your child in Phase 1- and continue to provide on-going support and tools. You may want to continue to support your child with a less intense program, but you still want to meet to keep things moving in the right direction when problems come up, then we will enroll your child in the 3-month Maintenance Phase, where your child and you meet with me only 1 time a month. You may decide your child is done with the program, and we will terminate the program and if your child needs support again they can enroll in the Maintenance Phase. We will talk about what will best support you and your child and choose a program that meets your needs.

My child does not have a diagnosis or label, they just need some support, can you work with them?

Yes, your child does not need to be labeled or diagnosed to learn how to express their feeling and behaviors in a positive way. I help children and teens work on the core issues of control, safety, responsibility, and self-esteem. Parents are often grateful to receive support for their child and themselves, without a label or diagnosis.

My child has special needs, can you work with them?

During our phone consultation I will be able to assess if this program is appropriate for your child. I see a wide range of children in my office-from children who are gifted to children with autism spectrum disorders, to children diagnosed with attention and impulsivity issues, and mood and processing disorders. Some children need to been seen in-person based upon their developmental and emotional needs, others can work with me successful over Skype. If we decide that your child is appropriate for Skype sessions we will conduct a trail session to see if it is a good fit. If I am not a good fit for your child's needs I have many referral resources I can recommend.

What if I need to change an appointment?

I'm happy to re-schedule appointment when given 24-hour notice. If you do not notify me prior to 24-hours you will be charged for the session time. Please note any rescheduled calls or sessions need to be completed within the 3-month program period and you will be responsible for the full payment of the program, regardless if you use all of the sessions.

Can you work with my child or children for the school year or a full year?

Yes, some families choose to enroll in a full year of support or choose to have their children work with me for the full school year. When you schedule your Complimentary Child Support Consultation we can explore what options would best suit your child's needs.

I would like some support just for me and what's happening in my life, do you help adults too?

Yes, I found that many of the families I work with the parents want support just for themselves. Many adults also find that things surface from your own childhood when you are trying to better support your child. There is something nice about having some time to focus just on your needs without having to think about taking care of others all the time. What many of the adults discover when they work with me 1:1 is that they became an even better parents because they were more clear on what they are feeling and what they need, and they learn how to communicate the support they desire from their partners and their children.  You can learn more about support for adults here>

Comprehensive Family Support Program details:

During the 3-month program (Phase 1 and Phase 2) you'll receive:
  • Twelve-60 minute sessions to support your child or children (4 sessions per month)
  • Six-30 minute parent support phone calls with specific strategies to help support you and your child. You’ll get clear, concise feedback on problems and concern you may have about your child, and parent coaching to help you find new ways to support your child and make family changes that fit your individualized families' needs. (phone calls will occur bi-monthly-two phone calls per month).
  Weekly email support & accountability check-ins (initiated by the client)
  • These weekly emails will support you as you move through the process of transforming your relationships. My clients have found this check-in to be invaluable in helping them to remain consistent and focused on open compassionate communication during this process.
You’ll have access to my private email and you can email me weekly on a designated check-in day. I’ll return all emails with-in 24 hours. Art Supplies and Materials
  • All art materials are included in the program, so you don’t have to worry about running to the store to pick-up supplies. If we meet in person I will provide supplies, if your child’s program is over Skype then art supplies will be shipped to your home at no extra cost.
BONUS-parenting support tools
  • I offer a bonus audio series on encouraging creative problem solving to help your child feel more confident and connected. When you register for the program created you’ll receive the links to a 7 part audio series with specific strategies to help support your child make lasting changes and for you to re-claim your parenting powers. (Value $247)

I’d like to talk with you about my child and learn more. What’s the best way to reach you?

You can schedule a complimentary Child Support Consultation by clicking here