Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
Standard session (45 minutes) - $190
Intake appointment (45 - 75 minutes) - $300
Payment accepted by debit, credit, HSA or FSA card
Additional fee information available in my practice policies
How does insurance work?
I am an out of network provider. If you’d like to get reimbursed for our meetings, call your insurance company to get informed about your coverage. I can provide you with a monthly “superbill” (a statement to submit to your insurance company).
Insurance companies do not cover all of the concerns that may bring a child to therapy, or all of the services psychologists typically provide. For example, phone consults, whether with you, your child's teacher, pediatrician, psychiatrist or other professionals, are a common part of child therapy and are not typically reimbursable.
How does your billing work?
Your credit card will be billed the evening of each session. At your request, you will receive an insurance-ready statement of services monthly via email.
What if I need to cancel or change my child's appointment?
Just notify me by email or phone within 24 hours of the appointment to avoid being charged the regular session fee.
How do you work with parents?
I meet regularly with a parent or parents to discuss their child's progress and their concerns. For example, I typically meet monthly with a parent or parents of children who are in elementary school. Speaking with a parent or parents between sessions is common. Sometimes a parent or parents may join in a child's therapy session or part of a session.
For young children, counseling usually involves a lot of collaboration with parents - checking in with one another, comparing notes, sharing ideas and progress updates. The amount and form of the parent consultation piece of counseling changes as children develop. It is individualized for each client.
As children leave elementary school and enter middle school and beyond, issues of privacy change developmentally. The parent consultation part of my work adapts accordingly. If your child is in middle school or older we will speak about how developmental considerations, including children's evolving sense of privacy and autonomy, impact the parent role in counseling.
Therapy with teens usually involves less parental involvement, although parents are still kept informed about their child's progress and are welcome to share feedback and concerns. With adolescents, it often works best if they play an active part in the therapist selection process. Parents may select a handful of options and go over with them with their adolescent, giving them the options to meet with a few to see who they feel most comfortable with. This can help a lot of with buy-in and is age appropriate as well.
It is my goal to establish a safe therapeutic environment for my young clients while also developing collaborative relationships with their parents. As a parent, you can expect that you will be informed of the treatment plan, progress toward goals, and situations regarding risk or harm. I will speak with your child about this (as age and developmentally appropriate) and encourage you to discuss it with him or her as well.
How do you work with schools?
Links between social/emotional or behavioral concerns and learning/school-related issues are common. If your child is having issues at school, I will want to try to understand what is going on there.
As appropriate, with your written permission and depending upon the age of your child, I may ask to:
View your child's report card/school records/test results
Observe in your child's classroom (with younger kids)
Speak with school staff such as your child's teacher(s), school counselor, school psychologist and/or principal