How Do I Know If My Child Or Our Family Needs Therapy?
Life is full of unexpected challenges and therapy can provide a safe, nurturing environment where these challenges can be faced. Parents usually pursue therapy for their child because of a concern they have or because it was recommended by the child's pediatrician or teacher/guidance counselor. Children present with a variety of issues including behavioral difficulties, anxiety or fears, depression, school refusal, problems with peer relationships, impulsivity/hyperactivity, dealing with family stressors such as divorce or separation, and trauma or loss related concerns.
Family issues may also be a reason to seek support from a therapist. Some of the challenges listed above can take a toll on the family system and therefore, create conflict among family members. In some cases, family stress is the cause for a child's behavior and therapy can help tease this out. What Can Be Expected in a Therapy Session?
A typical therapy session is 50 minutes; however some young children can only tolerate 40-45 minutes. Family sessions are anywhere from 50-80 minutes, depending on the needs of the family and goals for the session.. Extended individual sessions (80 minutes) are used on occassion should the therapist feel it is appropriate for a client who is in need of extra support.
Parents are at times invited to join a child's session and parent guidance is often done at the beginning or end of a child's session. Separate parent sessions are scheduled as needed to address clinical concerns that cannot be discussed with the child present. Payment and Fees
Payment is due at the time of services. Clients are expected to cancel with a 24 hour notice to avoid being charged for the missed session. Fees related to court or collaboration with other professionals will be discussed at start of therapy. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
Insurance coverage varies depending on the plan. Although I do not participate in-network with any insurance plans, many clients are able to get out-of-network reimbursement. Clients are provided with a statement at the end of each month to submit for reimbursement should they choose. It is recommended that clients contact their insurance company and ask these questions if unfamiliar with their out-of-network coverage:
What is my coverage for out-of-network, outpatient mental health services?Do I have a deductable?Do I need preauthorization?How many sessions are covered per calander year?How do I submit for reimbursement?