FAQ’s For You and Your Teen

Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC. Experiential & Holistic Marriage and Family Therapy.8 West Main St. Niantic, CT 06357. 860- 451-9364. KatieZiskindMft@gmail.com. www.WisdomWithinCT.com

What is your approach?

I help couples learn to see the positive in the midst of chaos and the magnificence in the messiness of couple hood, family life, and growing up together. I help individuals make sense out of what’s going well on their journey of life as well as what is within their control that can be modified to be healthier and well.  

I use a variety of approaches depending on my client’s needs. At times, it can be difficult for a child, adolescent, or teen to talk about their emotions. Therefore, I offer a highly effective, whole-body approach using the holistic, mixed methods of yoga, art, animal, nutrition, and music therapy with talking.

Read more about each of these below.

Art Therapy


Animal & Adventure Therapy 

Yoga Therapy for PTSD

Why Animal Therapy?

Support For Parents

Who do you work with?

I work with individuals (children, teenagers, families, couples, and adults) as well as couples. I have a sweet spot for helping adolescents and young adults feel confident in themselves and explore how to create trusting relationships with others. I love helping couples define and express love in addition to building a special space for more intimacy.

What happens in couples therapy?

In couples counseling and marriage therapy, you have an opportunity to work through past trauma, understand the source of the demon fights, lower intensity of fights, take responsibility for your part, better understand your partner, and learn healthy conflict resolution skills, so fights no longer affect your children negatively. I make marriage counseling fun through enactments, play, and art.

Where do sessions take place?

Sessions generally take place in my private therapy office (located near Tony D’s Creamery and directly across from Casablanca’s Wicker Furniture on Main Street in Niantic, CT). I also provide phone or secure video conferencing sessions.

How long are the sessions?

As we enter into our therapeutic work together, we typically meet for 45-50 minutes per session. I suggest beginning with consistency, with weekly sessions, until therapeutic goals are met. I offer 90-minute sessions, upon request.

When it comes to marriage and family therapy, personal growth and inner resilience are most effective with structure, reliability, and consistency. I do my best work with clients when we meet consistently each week. I see clients by appointment, both daytime and evening hours. Clients also make the most progress when they commit to themselves.

Traditionally, client’s attend one 45 minute session per week. Some clients may attend as often as three times per week when that structure is appropriate. Some clients attend for six to nine months, while others enjoy going to therapy for years. You’ll want to keep up your motivation as you develop an open mind, positive perspective, and healthy coping skills. Your old habits and behaviors will gradually and organically develop into positive habits. During this process, new neural pathways in your brain will form.

What are your session fees?

Read More About Rates Here. Please contact me for more information.

When is payment due? What are payment options?

The full session fee for your appointment is collected at or before the time of service via cash, credit card, debit card or check. There is an option via your online portal to select autopay. I can also securely record your card, if you’d like, so you will not have to take time for payment during the end of your session. I do not bill for services, or carry account balances. I accept cash, check, debit, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express at the time of service.

Do you accept insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider. You may be eligible to submit a claim for reimbursement of out-of-network services, if you have mental health insurance benefits on your plan. I recommend that you contact your insurance company, before our first session by calling the member services number on the back of your card to ask questions about out of network coverage. www.GetBetter.co can assist with HSA reimbursement. Also see Policies.

FAQ’s For Teenagers

Why Would I See a Therapist?

To talk about anything that may be on your mind. You might use therapy time to talk about things that are causing you stress or things that are bothering you. You can also share joyful experiences (friends, relationships, parents, school, etc.)

To get an adult’s perspective on your situation that is not your parent, relative, or teacher.

To work through an issue that you don’t want to talk with parents or friends about. Perhaps you want help learning how to talk to your parents about a specific issue. A therapist can act as a mediator.

To work through a problem that seems to never go away. You may want better coping skills or to feel better about how you handle situations.

To better understand yourself, you thoughts, your feelings, and your behaviors.

Other Benefits From Therapy
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or relationship
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What will happen when I go in to meet with the therapist for the first time?

Your therapist will answer most questions you might have about their background, education, perspective, and therapeutic style. Your therapist will ask you a few opening questions about what brings you to see out therapy and your personal goals for therapy. Your therapist will give you feedback about the few things you shared and together you will talk about therapy homework, if appropriate, and goals. You will schedule your next session. You will go home.

What will happen during my first session with my therapist?

You (and your parents) will complete the intake paperwork online before the session. Your therapist will read through what you wrote on the intake forms and will ask a few more questions. You can also ask questions to clarify what you are signing. The initial intake questions may involve the following topics: your history, your reason for coming to therapy, your birth story, development as a child, and your goals for therapy. After the first session, you will begin meeting with your therapist for individual sessions, or family sessions if you choose.

What kinds of things can I talk about with my therapist?

Whatever you want to talk about! Sharing with your therapist about self-harm, harming another, suicidal or homicidal thoughts and plans, or anything of harming nature will not be kept confidential and will be reported to keep you and others safe.

Will my therapist tell my parent(s) what I talk about in therapy?

No. Your therapist will only talk with your parents if you are in danger. Your therapist will discuss the rules about this during your intake session. In therapy, you really do have a private place to discuss whatever is on your mind.

What does Wisdom Within Counseling want you to know about therapy?

Therapy can be fun and offer you freedom! You will never be forced to talk about things you don’t want to talk about. You have control. You can be honest about yourself. Your therapist will fully accept who you are. You can wear anything you want without the fear of being judged. You can be in charge of what is discussed in therapy. Your therapist can help you to work better with your parents (if this is one of your goals). Sometimes having a trusted adult work with you and your parents can help you improve your relationship with your parents.


Call Katie for your free 20-minute consultation and to answer all of your questions (860) 451-9364.