Consultation / Therapy
The first step is to contact me to set up a brief phone conversation where we can talk about the issue that brings you to therapy and determine if my services fit your needs. Following that we will set up an initial (60 min) consultation, during which we’ll talk about the history of your challenges and assess any symptoms. We will also have an opportunity to get a sense of what it might feel like to work together and if we are a fit. At the end of this consultation, I will share my preliminary impressions and we will begin discussing a plan for treatment and define your goals for therapy.
I typically meet with clients for 50-minute sessions once or twice a week. We will discuss a plan for session frequency as part of the consultation.
Length of Therapy
The length of the therapy will vary and depend on the nature of your difficulties and the goals we set. I work with both individuals who are seeking short or long term therapy, and we will identify realistic goals for each time frame.
Working with Children and Families
When I treat families, I work with the parent(s) either in parent guidance or with the child in play therapy or a combination of both, dependent on a family's unique needs. In the initial parent consultation, we'll talk about your family history, including a developmental history of your child. We'll also talk about the history of the problem(s) you'd like to work on and about how things may have gotten to where they are. During following sessions we'll talk through potential appropriate interventions, in addition to discussing suggestions for ways of talking with your child about these changes. As our work progresses we'll review together how things have been going, which interventions have worked and what needs tweaking. Family meetings can also be a powerful intervention, to get everyone on the same page and committed to working together towards a positive shift in the home.
Play therapy is a well-established therapeutic modality, representing a unique form of treatment geared toward young children, using "language" (playing) they can comprehend and make use of. A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to access their inherent creative abilities, engaging in symbolic play and opening up their inner world. Via play, the child is helped to "play with" a challenging situation and given opportunities to try different ways of responding to it. Using play, different strategies can be “tried out” to cope with difficulties children face in life. This provides a more positive view of their future life and one in which different, more positive outcomes to a situation, are possible. Parents and siblings may be invited into a play session when it is indicated.
Fee / Insurance
Please contact me to obtain my current fee.
I am currently not a provider on any insurance plan and am therefore considered an out-of-network provider. I provide my clients with monthly invoices including necessary codes that can be used to submit to your insurance for partial reimbursement.
Here are some questions to ask your insurance carrier regarding mental/behavioral health coverage you may have and/or what type of out of network benefits: