How can I pay for my services?
Some insurances are accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Priority Health, ASR, Meridian, and Tricare. Some insurance plans provide out-of-network benefits also, like McLaren and Aetna. If you don't have insurance coverage and wish to be seen, please contact me. I understand counseling can be a financial burden, but I don't want that to stand in the way of you receiving help. Let's talk about some options you may have.
What happens in counseling?
We will start off our first session by gathering information about you, your presenting concerns, and your history. Depending on the issues you are experiencing, we may take a few short assessments to get a better idea of what you are trying to describe. We will discuss some possible ideas about how I can best be of help and create our plan for therapy.
How long is a session and how often will I come?
A session is 45 - 50 minutes. I recommended meeting once a week for a few weeks in a row to start. Then after a few weeks, I will check in with you so we can decide what might work best for what you are hoping to gain from counseling and what counseling might look like for you.
What should I tell my child about coming to counseling?
I introduce myself to children as a "kid helper." They usually know many helpers so I tell them my job is to help them understand BIG feelings they may be having. These BIG feelings can be hard to understand and a helper might be needed in order to know what to do with them. If your teen is resistant, no problem. I would love to talk with your teen about why they are against counseling and meet them where they are at.
If my child needs counseling, who should come to the sessions?
For a child that is under 12, I meet with Parents first. This gives parents the opportunity to get to know me and go over the paperwork. This also gives me a change to understand any history and background that will be important for me to know when working with your child. At the child's first session, they will meet with me alone while the parents wait in the waiting room. For children older than 12, I will bring both Parents and child/teen into my office for a few minutes to go over basic information. The the child/teen will meet with me alone and the parents will wait in the waiting room.
Will I hear about what is going on during each session with my child?
I always ask parents to give me limited confidentiality. This allows your child to feel the freedom to tell me whatever they want without feeling like they will get in trouble. Limited confidentiality means that if anything of concern comes to my attention I will let you know about it immediately and we will work together to figure out the best path forward.
What if my child doesn't want to come to counseling?
It is common for kids to feel a bit nervous about meeting me the first time. I have toys, games, and art supplies in my office, so usually younger children feel more at ease once they see this. Some teens feel resistant. That is okay! Let them share that with me. It's a great place to start!
If you still have questions, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help.