Frequently Asked Questions About Working One-on-One With A Parenting Expert and Child Therapist
Deciding whether or not to work with a therapist to address parenting issues is a very personal decision. Sometimes it is hard to make that first phone call without knowing what to expect. Here are a few common questions people have. Feel free to contact me by clicking here or by calling (704) 413-3323 if you have other questions.
- What kind of people do you work with?
Most of my clients are intelligent, successful people who are struggling to understand why their child is displaying challenging behaviors. I work with parents who are feeling stuck in parenting patterns that aren’t working and who are motivated to make lasting changes that lead to reconnecting with their child in meaningful ways. I also work directly with children who need a little extra one-on-one support.
- What if the things my child is doing, that are driving me crazy, are totally age appropriate?
Parenting is both wonderful and extremely challenging. For much of our history as human beings child rearing was a responsibility that was shared by multiple, closely-related family members. Today’s parents face pressure to figure out each stage their child enters on their own, as though it is a right of passage. I believe it takes a village to raise a child. If you are frustrated or concerned I am happy to work with you to identify new strategies even if the problem behavior is completely age appropriate.
- Where do you see clients?
I do outpatient therapy for children and adolescents in my office in Matthews, NC. The location is across the street from the Siskey Y (now the Brace Family Y) and minutes from South Charlotte. If you are looking to do preventative work/parent coaching I will see you virtually using VSee, a HIPPA compliant tele-medicine platform. This means that we can find a time that works for you and you can meet me from the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office during your lunch break.
- What payment methods do you accept?
I accept all major credit cards as well as Health Spending Account cards (HSA or FSA). I find that working with insurance companies leads to a third party dictating the duration of work and how we work together and this limits my clients success. If you would like, however, I am happy to provide you with an invoice as an out-of-network provider that you may submit to your insurance company. It is your responsibility to confirm whether or not services will be covered by your insurance. If you need help finding out whether your policy will cover out of network services I recommend downloading the Better app (which is an amazing service that specializes in just this).
- How much do sessions cost?
The fee for an initial intake appointment is $150 and follow up appointments are $125/session (for virtual and in office visits). If your preference is for me to come to your home for parenting work the fee is slightly higher ($175/$150). Fees are payable by credit card. Phone consultations, paperwork, and other requested services outside of our formal session time will be billed at my hourly rate at increments of 15 minutes. You will not be charged for services requiring less than 15 minutes.
- That seems like a lot, how much is a fair price anyway?
You know how much you pay your handy man, your plumber and your beautician but maybe you’ve never gone to therapy before and you have no idea what a fair or typical fee is. To get a better idea, you can check out Healthcare Bluebook and Fair Health Consumer. Type in your zipcode and search for “psychotherapy 45 minutes” or CPT code 90834.
- What will happen if I decide to contact you?
Here is a short summary of what you can expect from start to finish in working with me.
You pick up the phone…
You call me at 704-413-3323 to find out more about how I can help. You provide me with a brief overview of what you and your child are struggling with and I share how I can help and answer any questions you have. From our talk you get an idea of whether our personalities match and whether these services will be a good fit. We discuss fees and your schedule and at that point you will have an opportunity to set an appointment.
You decide to schedule an appointment…
We choose a time that will work for you and I ask for a private email address. I provide you with a secure sign-on where you will read over forms, fill out electronic consent forms, and submit a developmental history securely.
We have our first session…
We discuss any questions you have regarding the forms I sent you, the limits of confidentiality, and my policies. The bulk of this session will be spent with me gathering information about you and your child so that I can better understand what components have led to the current behavior pattern. We will clarify what your goals are and what behaviors you would like to see instead. We will decide if it makes more sense to do only parent consultations or to do a combination of child therapy and parenting consultation.
Follow up sessions…
I will develop a summary of your child, his or her behaviors, contributing factors and what your goals are. This will be reviewed with you and we will use this as a guide to help identify what information you need to better understand what is behind the behaviors and what skills you and your child need to learn to change your interactions and make your child more successful. I will give you concrete parenting tools you can begin using immediately that are specifically tailored to the behaviors you are seeing. If you have chosen for me to work with your child one on one work will occur in my office. The goal will be for me to connect with your child, help him or her learn new skills and then help you build on this so that your child can thrive.
When you and your child have met your goals we end our sessions. I give you final recommendations and we go over any questions you may have. I help connect you with any referrals you may need. I continue to be available if you would like additional support with any of the recommendations I have made. This could look like monthly appointments for a period of time to fine tune any of the work we have done. If in the future a different issue arises with this child or another you understand that I am available for additional support.
- How do I schedule my first appointment?
If you have decided that I may be the right person to help you reach your parenting goals, scheduling your first appointment is easy. You can give me a call at (704) 413-3323 to schedule your first session. Be sure to leave a message if I am with a client and I will call you back promptly, usually within 2 business days. You can also click here to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation.