Elevation Counseling IN APS Schools

 

Who Are We?
Elevation Counseling is an outpatient mental health group located in Northeast Albuquerque.  We specialize in anxiety, depression, and trauma.  We have counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists on staff.  All of our staff are independently licensed in good standing with the state of New Mexico. 
 
We are contracted with Albuquerque Public Schools to provide counseling in your child's school, on site.  Counseling in the schools allows children to get the benefits of therapy without missing additional class time.  
 
All children and families in the APS school district can be seen by our staff, regardless of insurance status or documentation.  We will never ask for information such as social security number or immigration documents.  We never give information to immigration officials. 
 
We encourage you to be involved with our staff concerning your child's counseling. 

Information We Need from Families
In order to begin counseling, we will need signatures showing consent to therapy from a parent, a legal guardian or the child themselves (if 14 or older). These documents are available in paper or electronic form, in both English and Spanish.  Forms available on our FORMS page. 

We also need insurance information for your child.  The sessions at school will be billed to insurance, if such insurance exists.  Even if your child's insurance has a deductible or copay, you will not be financially responsible for any copay or deductible - these amounts are paid by APS.  If you have any questions about billing, please feel free to contact our office staff.  We would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Who Do I Contact?
If your child is not currently seeing an Elevation Counseling therapist, please let the school counselor know you would like to seek services.  If your child is currently in therapy, your primary contact person is your child’s therapist. If your child is not currently in counseling, please let the school counselor or principal know you would like to seek services.  When your child enrolls in counseling you will get contact details for our staff.  However, at any time, if you want to contact our office, please feel free to do so.  We would be happy to help you.

What We Don't Do
We only offer counseling - we do not offer medication management.  If your child needs medication, we have can refer you to professionals who work with children.  

We do not offer higher levels of care - if our staff member determines that your child needs more care than we are able to give, we will also give the appropriate referral. 

We do not mediate divorce or custody cases.  We can give you referrals for appropriate people if this is what you need.  We can see your child for issues of their mental health surrounding divorce and custody.  

We Are Confidential
While we provide support in your child's school, we are not employed by APS. We do not tell school officials the details from sessions.  The things we might communicate with the school is whether your child is receiving services from us and how often they are being seen.  

Things that you or your child say to us remain confidential, except in a few limited circumstances.  If your child says that they might hurt someone or someone is hurting or sexually abusing them, we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.  If your child reports to us that they are suicidal, we have to report this to the appropriate person within APS.  APS has a particular protocol that goes into action to help ensure your child is safe while at school.  Your child would continue services with our counselor once this protocol is in place.  

If your child is 14 years of age and older, they are able to consent to services and determine who will view their documents.  Unlike medical records, which allows this at the age of 18, mental health records become the ownership of the client at the age of 14.