Here are some of the most common questions Jennifer receives from parents before starting counseling for their child. If you don't see your question on here, I'm only a phone call or e-mail away.
Do you only see children?
No, as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor I am trained to treat a variety of populations and presenting issues. My practice consists of clients from toddlerhood to adulthoodwho present to counseling for various problems.
Do you accept insurance?
I work with insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. Since out-of-network benefits vary based on policy, I encourage parents to contact their insurance carrier to obtain information about utilizing out-of-network benefits and reimbursement percentage.
Why do you not accept insurance?
I have chosen to not accept insurance for a number of reasons, primarily to further protect and maintain you and your child's confidentiality. Insurance companies require that participating providers (the therapist) provide them with information about you or your child's diagnosis and treatment in therapy. Information obtained by your insurance company that includes diagnosis and other patient health information could hinder the ability to obtain or apply for certain types of jobs, such as military, law enforcement, aviary positions, and other high security jobs. This information may also be used to determine future benefits and circumstances regarding future insurance policies. Additionally, information about you and your treatment could be obtained through your insurance company by the FBI or law enforcement if legal issues arise.
There are also concerns pertaining to diagnosis. Many parents do not want a mental health diagnosis to be a part of their child's insurance record. Furthermore, there are some insurance plans that will not cover certain diagnoses, such as those pertaining to adjustments or relationship issues. Insurance companies may also limit the number of sessions a client can use based on of their diagnosis or pay for only certain types of treatment, influencing the overall treatment process without client's best interest in mind.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, credit card, as well as Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) cards.
What are your hours?
Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
What is play therapy?
I use play and expressive art therapy with children as young as 3 years old. If you're interested in learning more about the use of play therapy and how I incorporate it into my practice with children, read this blog post:
I’m a parent who is interested in learning more about Child-Parent-Relationship Training. What can I expect and how can I get started?
Your first step is to determine if you’d like to participate in CPRT on an individual basis or in a group setting. Despite which option you choose, both options require an intake session, which will occur in our first one-on-one appointment together.
After the intake appointment, CPRT is a 10 week program where I only meet with parents. Children do not participate directly with myself. Instead, I teach parents how to be their child’s therapeutic change agent. The primary focus of CPRT is promoting optimal child development and parent empowerment, in addition to bonus parenting and communication strategies.
Your commitment for a total of 11 weeks is meeting with myself weekly or bi-weekly for 50 minutes each, plus having one “special playtime” per week with your child for 30 minutes in the comfort of your own home on days/times that work best for you and your child.
Once the full 11 weeks have concluded, parents see improvement in their child’s behavior, have an increased ability to handle challenging situations that arise with their child, and report having a closer relationship with their child. Resultantly, therapy usually ends after the 11 weeks. However, if you are in need of additional help for yourself, your child, or in need of other resources, those will be addressed in therapy prior to services ending.
Getting started with CPRT is as simple as calling me directly or by clicking here.
Am I required to schedule a Free 15 Minute Pre-Screening Phone Consultation in order to participate in the group Child-Parent-Relationship Training?
Yes, if you plan to participate in the CPRT parenting group a Free 15 Minute Pre-Screening Phone Consultation is required. This must be scheduled by contacting myself via phone or email. The Pre-Screening Consultation allows you to ask specific group related questions & other general questions. It provides us with the opportunity to determine if CPRT in a group setting will fit your needs. We will discuss the benefits of participating in the group and other considerations to be aware. If we determine that group CPRT is right for you, we will schedule a time for you to have the intake session (individually) before the group begins.