Fees: My practice is fee for service. The fee for the first diagnostic appointment with parents is $165 and it generally lasts from 60 to 75 minutes. The fee for subsequent 45-minute sessions with the child, parents or family is $125. Sliding fees are available for victims of child abuse and sexual assault who are uninsured or have no out-of-network benefits. Payment is expected at time of service. I accept checks or cash.
Insurance Participation: I participate with a few health insurances for which I have agreed to accept reduced fees for their subscribers. I participate Multiplan/PHCS and Value Options. I accept Tricare as a Non-Network Participating Provider. I will submit claims for these plans, and you will be responsible for deductibles and co-payments as determined by your policy.
Other health insurance plans' out-of-network benefits often cover my services. Call your insurance plan to find out. Some insurance plans use a different provider network for mental health, and you may find that it is one with which I participate. I will complete treatment plans if your insurance company requires it. I will give you a receipt for each session or a monthly statement with the information you need to submit claims for reimbursement. The amount you will be reimbursed will depend on your plan benefits.
Clinical Assessment takes place over two sessions. In the first session, I meet with parents to obtain a detailed history of their child's symptoms, development, family, academic performance, relationships and other relevant issues. During the second session, I interview their child to obtain further history, assess symptoms and gain his or her perspective on treatment needs. I may ask parents and adolescents to complete questionnaires, and I generally contact teachers or other service providers for additional information.
Play Therapy is the most effective approach for young children because they are developmentally unable to sit and discuss their problems at length. I use therapeutic play activities to interact with children about their problems and worries. Through directed symbolic play, children are able to express their feelings, understand the issues that brought them to therapy and learn how to use words rather than behavior to deal with their concerns.
Individual Therapy for older children, adolescents, and young adults is more focused on discussing their symptoms and daily problems, changing their negative beliefs about themselves and others, and developing problem-solving and coping strategies to address their treatment needs. I also use games, art activities and other structured activities to facilitate communication and learning.
Family Therapy is used to enhance a child's individual treatment, facilitate parent-child communication, address issues with siblings and improve family relationships. Although I do not provide marriage counseling, I do meet with parents and step-parents to discuss co-parenting concerns.
Parent Counseling for adults whose children are not in treatment with me is focused on improving parenting knowledge and skills. For more information, see the Parenting Issues page.