What should I expect when I email or call you? First, I will work with you to find for us to talk and for you to briefly share with me your questions and concerns regarding your call. During this time I will consult with you to see if my services are most appropriate, or if a referral may be a better fit for you. If we decide that going forward with my services would benefit you and your family, we would find a time that works together to have what I call an in-take or introductory session.
What is an in-take or introductory session? These sessions are designed to allow me to gain a broad picture of you and your family. During this time I will be asking questions about not only the current circumstance that you are struggling with but also other aspects of your life such as work/life balance, stress management, family dynamics, and psychological history. For this type of session I typically meet with the adults first, then with the children, and finally with the whole family. During this time, we will also discuss goals and a timeline for the current circumstance you and your family are struggling with. This type of session can last anywhere from 1 hour - 2 hours, and can also be split up over a few visits if necessary.
What happens after the introductory session? After I have met with the family and together we have agreed upon goals, we will then begin the process of ongoing sessions. These sessions typically happen in your home. However, if that is not an option we can discuss other possible places to meet. As each family and client are unique and have individual needs, the length of sessions will vary. Times for sessions are generally as follows:
young children 30 - 45 minutes
older children and adolescents 1hour - 90 minutes
adults and couples 1 hour - 90 minutes
How many sessions will it take to meet our goals? As each individual and family are faced with unique needs, challenges, and life circumstances there is no specific timeline I can guarantee. Typically, I collaborate with you and your family before or after individual sessions, as well as have a monthly check-in to assess if our goals need to be changed or if we can begin the process of ending our sessions together.
What is your fee? My fee's vary depending on the type of service I am providing you and your family, travel and distance to your home, frequency of sessions, and number of children or family members being seen. If you are interested in knowing more about my services and fee's, I offer a free 15 - 30 minute telephone consultation. I can also offer a sliding-scale for families that are experiencing financial difficulties.
Do you work with insurance companies? I do not work with insurance companies. Many insurance companies require a psychological diagnosis for reimbursement. As such, many of my clients and their families seek supportive care, even though they do not meet criteria for a psychological diagnosis. I can provide a 'super-bill' and you may submit to your insurance company for some reimbursement.
What is the difference between the services you provide and play therapy or psychotherapy? I believe in a non-pathological view of human suffering, coping, and managing crises and trauma. In my practice I focus on challenging life experiences rather than diagnosable psychological illness. While many of the approaches I use are similar to that of psychotherapy, I am not a licensed psychotherapist.
I have other questions that are not addressed on your website. How can I find out more? Please go to the CONTACT page and leave me a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you offer other services? Yes. Please visit www.functionalhealthandwellness.org to learn more about working with a health coach to meet your health and wellness needs.