A tricky pressing issue arises in your family. You may talk about it with your friends, hearing their opinions and individual experiences on the matter, if they have any. But there are some questions that you might want an expert opinion on, or might be too embarrassed to ask your brunch buddies.

RightStep is a consultation service and is not therapy. What’s the difference? Therapy, whether individual, family, or group, is only one type of intervention available once a concern is identified. RightStep is meant to answer a specific question or concern you have and give you recommendations on what you should do next.

Recent examples have been a Mom who was dropping her daughter (who is on the spectrum) for her first year of college and wanted to make a connection with a therapist in the area who can be a touch point for her daughter in the future if needed. Another parent was thinking about divorcing her spouse and wanted to talk through how and when to tell their children about it. The parents of a 4 year old boy who had some difficulties in pre-school socially wanted some guidance on signs and symptoms that may indicate their son was not ready for kindergarten next year.

In each of these situations, the concerned parent came into the office with a question and left with a series of next steps. Similar to therapy, the next step will most likely be a part of an ongoing process or decision tree of options to follow. RightStep therapists help parents map out and navigate their next steps.

With the wealth of connections and experience In Step and its clinicians have from over 20 years in the field, you will leave with lists of outside referrals, behaviors to watch for, questions to ask your kids, and resources for what is on your mind, including the ability to follow up with them for another appointment or one of its other services.

So the next time you’re thinking something like —

I think my child is trying drugs and I know it’s overbearing and impossible to keep an eye on him 24/7 or ban him from seeing his friends. What do I do?

I found naked pictures on my son’s phone! Ack! How do I address this without breaching our sense of trust?

My daughter seemed more withdrawn during our family vacation than last year and my gut says there might be something to it. How do I know how to recognize if it’s something more?

— consider setting up a RightStep appointment.