Below are some of the questions most asked by clients. We hope the answers below will clarify some of your questions about coming to the clinic.
What is the evaluation process? What can I expect?
For school-aged children, both the child and parent(s) will be involved in the process as follows:
The parent(s) and child will meet with the psychologist for a 1-hr clinical interview to determine specific testing needs.
The child will return a second day for testing that is conducted by a psychometrist and is usually scheduled from 8-12 or 1-5. Depending on the tests ordered, the testing session could last up to 4 hours. Parents should plan for their child to be out of school for a 1/2 day. Be sure your child sleeps and eats well for peak performance.
Parent(s) will in return 4-6 weeks for a feedback session with the psychologist, during which he or she will review the results of testing, discuss medication and non-medication treatment options, and provide you with a detailed report.
How much will it cost me to see someone at your clinic?
That depends on your individual insurance policy. When you make your first appointment, we will call your insurance to verify your benefits and let you know what your anticipated out of pocket expense will be.
My child is nervous about coming. How can I help him/her?
Most importantly, kids often look to their parents to decide how they should feel about something, so if you are anxious about the appointment, your child may also be. Remind your child that you are here to help get them fix a problem that's getting in their way. Child therapy involves a lot of play activities with the therapist, and most kids really enjoy that one-on-one play time with their therapist. A therapist is also someone the child can talk to without anyone else knowing what they say (unless there is a danger presented).
Finally, young kids often fear that needles could be involved, so assure the child that there are no needles in our clinic!
How long does therapy take?
Most problems that bring clients into therapy have taken a long time to evolve. There is no 'quick fix' in therapy. It involves a commitment of not only time but also energy. That said, cognitive behavioral therapy is meant to be a short-term therapy aimed at helping the client function well in his or her current environment. It usually involves an investment of several months of weekly sessions to achieve this goal. Some clients are ready to dive in and take action, while others need more time. Each person is different.