There are many reasons why young people come to MCYAF. You may be struggling with schoolwork, having difficulties with friends or other relationships, coping with the loss of a loved one, or experiencing another difficult transition that is affecting your overall well-being. You may even feel sad, angry, or anxious for reasons you don’t quite understand.
Regardless of why you came to us, we’re here to help. We begin by learning more about your family, your life, and anything that’s causing you frustration or stress. Then, we work with you and your family to identify solutions to make your life better.
We’re interested in getting to know you. We’re here to help with hard feelings, like worry, fear, or hurt.- MCYAF Clinician
What To Expect
You might be nervous the first time you come to MCYAF – and that’s OK. We understand that it can be hard to open up to people you don’t know and talk about your life, especially if you’ve never done that before. We’re here to listen, and when you arrive, we’ll make sure you feel comfortable and at ease.
The terms “intake,” and “assessment” can be intimidating if you’ve never heard them before. Here is some information about what to expect when you come to our clinic.
The intake is our first “get to know you session.” One of our experienced clinicians will sit down with you by yourself and with your family members, to learn more about your life, challenges you are facing, and any recent or past experiences that might be affecting you. After this meeting, our team will get together to talk about the best way to meet your needs and we will recommend the next step in the process.
Therapy is an opportunity to work regularly with someone who will get to know you very well and help you work through any difficult feelings or other challenges you may be facing. Therapy can include talking about what’s on your mind, playing, drawing, or any number of activities that you enjoy and feel comfortable to you. Everything you say to your therapist is kept private. The only time therapists will repeat something you share is if it causes them to worry about your safety or that of someone around you.
Assessments help us get a better understanding of your strengths, fears, things you enjoy, and things you find difficult. In order to understand you better, one of our assessment psychologists will talk with you and ask you to take a series of tests during three different morning sessions.
There are no right or wrong answers, so you don’t need to worry about “passing” or “failing” any of the tests. Each test or activity is specifically chosen to get to know you better. Some will look like school assignments, while others may involve drawing or storytelling. You’ll have a chance to take breaks in between and to ask any questions that come up as you go.
After the assessments are complete, our team will have a better understanding of you and how we might be able to help make your life easier. We might offer some suggestions to help with your schoolwork or classes, or might suggest that you, your parents, or your family talk to someone about your life and experiences.
The idea of an assessment can sometimes seem intimidating, but once you get started, you might find it interesting, and may even learn new things about yourself through the process. If you have questions, you can ask us at any point before, after, or during the assessment.