Prospective clients may have a variety of questions about the process of child, teen and family therapy. These are my responses to some of the most common questions I have received on topics such as: reasons for therapy, duration of treatment, expectations, cost and insurance.
can my child benefit from therapy?
Children can be significantly helped by therapy if they are experiencing sadness, anger, worry or anxiety that lasts more than two weeks. They can also benefit from the therapeutic process if their grades have dropped, have experienced a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable, or have experienced changes in eating or sleeping habits. Expressing thoughts of suicide, developing an eating disorder or participating in violent acts are all signs that your child needs help.
What do I need for my first session?
what can I expect in terms of results?
During our time together you should expect a reduction in negative and unwanted behavior. You will get a deeper understanding of how your family functions and develop strategies to work though challenges and improve communication.
how long and how often will I, my child or family be involved in therapy?
I recommend one session per week. The average client typically has sessions over 6 to 12 weeks to reap the full benefits of therapy. Of course, you or your family may need fewer sessions, depending on the challenges you bring to therapy.
WILL JOAN KEEP ME UPDATED ON PROGRESS DURING THE THErAPY PROCESS?
Each week I will discuss the progress that is taking place with your family or child in therapy. This is an opportune time to add any additional goals you may have for treatment.
how much does each session cost?
My fee per session is $120 per hour.
Do you offer a sliding scale for your fees?
I offer a sliding scale for a few clients. I evaluate this option on a case by case basis but manage only two to three active clients that pay a reduced rate.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I do not accept insurance but can provide you with a receipt of services that you can send to your insurance company in order to satisfy your Out-of-Network deductible.