What are your fees?
I will discuss fees and payment with you when you contact me about setting up an initial visit. I do have a sliding scale option offered on an as needed basis. Payment for your treatment is due at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, checks, credit cards, and PayPal.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider and do not bill the insurance company directly. Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis, and are charged directly to you. I highly recommend you to discuss the benefits offered for psychotherapy with your insurance company to clarify your benefits, and/or regarding coverage with an out-of-network provider. You should consider asking your insurance company the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What mental health services (intake, therapy, psychological testing, etc.) are covered by my insurance plan?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, how much of my deductible has been met?
- How many therapy sessions are covered by my insurance plan each calendar year?
- What percentage of my bill will be covered for services provided by an out-of-network provider?
One reason why I have opted out of working with insurance companies directly is to protect my clients’ confidentiality. When I bill the insurance companies for my services, I am required to submit your diagnosis, sessions dates, and sometimes session notes to be reimbursed by the insurance companies. If I were to provide this information to the insurance companies, it would become part of your permanent medical history. On the contrary, paying for your sessions gives you total control of your treatment record and personal information.
Should you wish to use my service as an insurance out-of-network provider, I will provide a monthly statement (a “superbill”) that has all of the necessary information for your insurance reimbursement at the end of each month.
What are the benefits of home-based therapy?
There are many advantages of home-based therapy that clinic-based therapy is unable to offer. You might have a very busy schedule as a parent, juggling between taking care of your child, working, and other household duties. You need to plan your schedule ahead of time, and calculate the amount of traffic when taking your child to attend a therapy session. The home environment is familiar, and it is particularly important when your child has difficulty transitioning between environments.
In addition, there are issues in the family’s everyday life that can be addressed more effectively in a home setting. Your home setting provides a safe and natural learning environment for skills building and individualized interventions to meet your needs.
What is DIR/Floortime™ Model?
Relationship based D.I.R./Floortime™ Model was developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider. It is a form of play therapy based on D.I.R. (Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship based) model.
The D.I.R. model provides a framework for assessment and intervention for children presenting difficulties in communication, engagement, and social interaction. It combines an understanding of the child’s developmental level, differences in sensory processing and motor planning capacities, and the most important relationships.