My child is under 18 and needs therapy. What is the process?

 

I do work with adolescent clients and their families, treating the Eating Disorder by addressing complex family dynamics and attempting to heal any miscommunication connected with the Eating Disorder. I ask that for the Intake session, all parental figures or guardians attend with their teen to review Minor Consent policies, contribute to the assessment, and share their hopes and goals for the therapeutic process. 

 

During the Intake session we will come up with a very concrete and specific plan for the inclusion of the family during therapy sessions and discuss how open or closed communication regarding content of sessions will be. I value the perspective and treatment goals of the adults and attempt to include these into my treatment plan as thoroughly as possible.

 

There are two dominate theories that exist for the treatment of Eating Disorders in adolescents - one is focused solely on the patient and the other involves the entire family. Based on your family schedule and dynamics and the adolescent's diagnosis and symptoms, we will discuss which theory best fits your child and family.

What is therapy like?

 

The content that occurs in each therapy session is unique and caters to each client and their specific goals. Most sessions last around fifty minutes and clients typically schedule weekly sessions. I recommend therapy at least once a week in order to stay on course. If  your family desires to be actively involved in the treatment process, I recommend two weekly sessions where one of those sessions is entirely devoted to exploring the family system. For more on the type of work we will do in a therapy sessions, see the our work page.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

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What is your rate? Do you take insurance?

 

My current fee is $150 per session and I have limited space for sliding scale clients.

If you live in the state of California and are interested in Video Conferencing therapy sessions, my fee is $100 per session.

 

"Boost Calls" Sometimes clients need to touch base in between sessions. I offer 20 minute phone sessions for $50 for additional support.

 

I am only contracted with Aetna PPO and accept a limited amount of clients with Aetna insurance. If you have a different provider's PPO I will provide you a monthly statement of services rendered (a superbill) for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. To determine if you have mental health coverage, and are eligible for insurance reimbursement, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

 

  • What are my mental health benefits?

  • What percentage of my bill will be covered if I attend therapy with an out-of-network provider?

  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover per calendar year?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

 

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What are your office hours?

 

I am available for face-to-face sessions on Monday and Thursday’s based on availability. I offer video chat or phone sessions for a reduced rate to be set up according to your schedule outside of my office hours.

Is therapy confidential?

 

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

 

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

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