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Why do parents seek therapy for their children?

Parents are often referred to psychotherapy by their child's doctor or by the school.  Usually, parents have tried to help the child on their own for quite a while without much success. As a psychologist I am  a specialist  who helps parents and children deal with and find solutions to emotional and behavioral problems.  I want to be useful to you and your child, and will, therefore, focus quite a bit on very practical issues and goals.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Typically  a session lasts 45 minutes. I tend to be on time and it is important for you to be on time in order to take full advantage of your appointment.  Usually, at least initially, we tend to meet for weekly sessions.  Please do not bring your other children with you, because it creates problems and limits your participation in the session. 

 What benefits can I expect from taking my child to a psychotherapy?

 Therapy provides parents with a fresh perspective on a difficult problem with their child and  points them towards solutions.  Therapy also helps parents implement these solutions at home in the form of new ways of interacting with their child, finding more effective and consistent ways of disciplining, managing their own emotions, particularly anger and anxiety.
Overall, therapy helps with

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your child
  • Developing skills for improving the parent-child relationship
  • Creating a happier and more functional family life
  • Creating a more competent, happier, and healthier child
  • Developing effective coping skills in children and parents

I don't know what my goals are for therapy!

Part of psychotherapy is to help you clarify your goals for yourself and your child by helping you understand more fully what is going on.    At the end of the initial evalutation of your child, which may take one to two sessions, I will meet with you, the parent, to create a treatment plan so that we are on the same page during this process.

 Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • Is primary care physician approval required?

 The Rates and Insurance link on the left side of the page will show you some of the major insurance carriers I accept.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.