Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make an appointment?
Family Therapy Center of Bethesda (FTCB) is currently accepting new clients and has immediate availability. FTCB offers daytime, after-school, and evening hours to meet the needs of anyone’s schedule. To get started making an appointment, you can visit our appointment request page, contact page or you can send a direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also make an appointment during your free 15-mintue phone consultation. Just call (240) 630-3733 today!
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
If parents are divorced, please bring a copy of the legal documentation stating legal and physical custody over the child to your initial appointment.
If my child is receiving therapy, do I have to attend each session?
What can I expect from therapy at FTCB?
If after the first session, you wish to continue, you will discuss with your therapist the frequency of ongoing appointments. It is typically recommended that you have weekly 50-minute appointments to begin. Once goals are established and progress is being made, it is possible to move to biweekly and/or monthly appointments. FTCB also recognizes that therapy can be a financial strain for some individuals and families, in which case biweekly and monthly appointments are an option to start.
As mentioned above, therapy is a very personal journey and your involvement in your own therapy is strongly valued. Please know that you are always able to communicate your needs and/or concerns to your therapist. It is our goal to help you reach your goals in a way that best first who you are so that you are able to sustain progress long after therapy ends.
What is Marriage & Family Therapy?
What should I look for in a therapist?
- The therapist is caring and compassionate to all participating members.
- The therapist challenges each of you about your contributions to the problems and about your capacity to make individual changes to resolve the problem.
- The therapist is active in structuring the session.
- The therapist offers specific strategies for changing your relationship, and coaches you on how to use them.
- The therapist is alert to individual matters such as depression, alcoholism, and medical illness that might be influencing your problems.
- The therapist does not take sides.
- The therapist does not permit you and your partner or family member to engage in repeated angry exchanges during sessions.
- Although family of origin backgrounds may be assessed to understand their influences on current problems, the focus is on how to deal with current issues.
- The therapist does not assume there are certain ways that men and women should behave according to their gender in relationships.