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COMMON QUERIES

 

I do not accept any form of insurance at this time and would be considered an out-of-network provider. Clients with a PPO plan are often able to receive reimbursement for some of the cost of sessions through their insurance company. To determine if your insurance coverage includes outpatient therapy sessions with an out-of-network provider, contact your insurance company directly by calling the customer service number found online or on the back of your insurance card. I am happy to provide you with a monthly super-bill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. For clients who are committed to the process of therapy but facing financial hardship, sliding scale fees can be arranged as needed.

I am happy to provide you with the CPT code we will be using for most sessions.  You can use this when you contact your insurance plan to find out whether you have mental health benefits and what the reimbursement rate will be. In addition, you should ask about your deductible for out of network providers, your out of pocket maximum, whether there is a limit for number of sessions per year, and whether written approval is required in advance. You should also inquire about whether your plan covers online therapy.

In most cases, I meet with my clients on a weekly basis for 45-minute sessions. With Telehealth in place, I also meet with many clients twice a week for 30-minute sessions. The frequency of contact with parents through parent-only sessions or phone calls varies and is in addition to the regularly scheduled child and adolescent sessions. As progress is made, sessions are often extended to every two weeks, or as often as needed. Once children or adolescents are exited from regularly scheduled sessions, parent consultation and check-in may continue to be available on an as-needed basis. We will decide on the frequency of your sessions within the first few meetings and can reassess during the course of our work together.

The number of sessions required to experience improvement is different based on each family's unique needs. In general, therapy is a long-term process. It involves building rapport and creating a safe space in which I can get to know you and/or your child in order to support a process of self-awareness and skill building. Children and adolescents make progress when their parents are an integral part of the therapy process through regular communication, attendance in parent-only sessions, and their ability to practice the skills learned in between sessions. It is best to embark on the process of therapy if you can make a commitment to a minimum of 10 sessions. It is also most productive to voice your concerns about what is or is not working early on in the course of therapy to ensure our work is the right fit for you.

My role is to create a safe therapeutic relationship within which clients can explore and express a range of emotions through verbal and non-verbal means, practice new skills, and develop awareness of their unique needs . There are times when parents must be present in children's therapy sessions to promote communication, understanding, emotional co-regulation or skill building. When parents are not part of the sessions, they are typically brought in during the last few minutes of session time and the child is given the opportunity to share any aspect of the session they found meaningful. Ongoing communication with parents also takes place outside of scheduled session time. It is important to keep in mind that children and adolescents' growth cannot happen in isolation without the involvement of parents in the therapeutic process.

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