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What is the process to get started?
I like to meet with parents alone the first session. To set up the initial parent-only session, email me to schedule a session.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I typically accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, HealthNet and MHN. I recommend that families call their insurance to verify that I am on their particular plan.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
Yes, I believe that therapy should be affordable for everyone. I offer a sliding fee scale that is based on annual household income. My fees range from $45 to $150 depending on where you fall on the scale. Feel free to email me for a copy of my sliding scale.
Do you get involved in custody or court cases?
No and no. I have a strong policy of not getting involved in any court or custody matters. I do not write reports to the court or give my opinion on custody arrangements. I do not work with parents who have a contentious and volatile relationship with each other.
I believe therapy is for the children and in such, I avoid taking on families that will use therapy as a battle ground or to gather evidence for court.
I require that both parents know about and consent to therapy, prior to starting services with their children.
What type of issues do you treat?
After practicing for 16 years, I have handled most every issue that impacts children and teens. I do not, however, treat kids with eating disorders or substance abuse.
My area of specialty include anxiety and OCD. I have written two books on the topic and I am frequently sought after to train and write on that issue.
How long are your sessions?
Sessions are typically 55 minutes long.
What approach do you take in therapy?
I do not believe you should have a one-approach-fits-all mentality as a therapist. I assess what approach works best for your child. I am a strong believer in cognitive-behavioral therapy and if possible, I try to be very solution-focused. For younger children and trauma issues, play therapy is often the most appropriate modality.
In our initial parent-only session, we will work together to find the approach that will be the most effective with your child.
How long can I expect my child to be in therapy?
I don’t want kids to live in therapy. My ultimate goal is to give children and parents the tools to handle their issues at home. Most coping mechanisms are developed in the moment – and not in a therapy office.
I always meet with parents alone the first session. Typically I recommend that I meet with kids for three sessions after the initial parent-only session. I will often see kids once a week or every other week when I initially start. After three sessions, I meet back with parents alone to discuss my clinical impressions, suggest parental approaches and to assess if the child needs three more sessions.
Ongoing need for therapy and therapy goals are reassessed every three sessions with parents.
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