How Long Will My Child Need To Be In Therapy?
My belief is that children should not be in therapy forever. Some children may only require a few therapy sessions, and some children may require more sessions, which will depend on the presenting psychological concerns and other environmental life factors. I start by meeting with the parents for a brief consultation (5-10 minutes) and if more consultation time is required, I would be happy to schedule another time to have more time to discuss about your child progress and parenting guidance. Check out my blog, where I provide parenting tips.
What is your Fee per session?
My fee will vary on the type of service being provided. I will be glad to discuss this during our 15 minute consultation call. For young children I will generally meet with them 40-45 minutes. I will also meet with the parent(s) after session for a brief consultation (5-10 minutes). If consultation exceeds 10 minutes, it will be necessary to schedule an additional parent consultation session at the set fee that we have agreed on at the start of treatment per 45 minutes.
How Do I Make an Appointment for My Child?
You may call or e-mail me through the Contact page. Once we have scheduled your child's first appointment, I will send you an e-mail with a link to a secure portal where you will create an account to get access to the documentations that must be completed prior to the first appointment.
What to Expect for the First Appointment with My Child?
The first initial appointment will be with the parent(s) only. This is to gather information regarding concerns related to child and any relevant information that parent(s) wish to share without the child present. It is also an opportunity for us to determine if I will be a good fit for the family and your child. If either of us decides that I am not a good fit for the family and your child, I’m happy to provide referrals to other nearby therapists that I trust.
Do you take Insurance?
I am an in-network provider with Cigna and Optum (United HealthCare). I will verify your mental health coverage prior to your first session. To do so, I will need the following information.
Your Insurance company
The customer service number on the back of the card
Your member and group IDs
Your (and the main subscriber’s) birthdays
I am out of network with all other insurance companies. Many clients are able to utilize their out-of-network benefits for counseling services and get reimbursed by their insurance company. I can submit a claim to your insurance and have any possible reimbursement sent to you or provide you with a copy of a superbill which you can submit for possible reimbursement. Superbills are a receipt of services paid for with a diagnosis. The amount that you get back varies and depends on your specific plan. Some people get half or even full coverage using superbills. You may need to meet your deductible before you get the reimbursement, but submitting the superbills go toward your deductible. I also encourage you to verify your out-of-network benefits prior to your session. You will still be responsible to pay the full fee for service up front.
*Please be aware that using a superbill means that the child will have a diagnosis on your insurance, which may or may not have consequences in the future for your child. Contact me to discuss this further.
Do You Offer Sliding Scale?
While I do not provide sliding scale, I am part of Open Path Collective. Open Path is intended for people who either lack health insurance or are under insured, and cannot otherwise afford to work with a therapist. For more information and to see if you qualify, please click here.
Do you see clients through CALVCB?
Yes, I do see clients who have a current case/application open with California Victim of Compensation Board. If you and/or your child are a victim of a crime and require mental health services, you and/or your child may be eligible to receive services. To see if you are eligible click here. To apply for Victim Compensation please click here.