Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you see clients?
My sessions are 100% virtual, always. So I can see clients who are physically located anywhere in Virginia, Vermont, and (soon) New York, which are the states in which I am licensed.
How much is this therapy going to cost me?
I charge $225 per session, but I do have an income-based sliding fee scale. In terms of the number of sessions needed, I usually meet with families for an average of 4-6 sessions. This tends to be enough time to set up an effective parenting system that includes a reward system for inspiring your child to do the right thing, and meaningful disciplinary consequences that will make your child try to avoid doing the “wrong thing”. If your child lacks critical skills he or she needs in order to make better choices, we might spend a few sessions working on teaching those skills. Those skills training sessions range from an additional 1-5 sessions, depending on how many skills you identify your child as needing. For those individuals who are grappling with OCD, the number of sessions that we need will depend on how entrenched your OCD compulsions are, and how much time and energy you are able to devote to doing Exposure and Response Prevention exercises between sessions.
What will my child get out of behavior therapy?
What type of therapy do you do?
How frequently do you meet with clients?
Who is the client?
Do you ever offer in-person sessions?
Since sessions are virtual, can I attend sessions even if I am away on vacation or out of state for some other reason?
Do you take insurance?
I’ve tried play therapy for my child before, but it wasn’t all that helpful. How will this be different?
Behavior therapy does not start with kids, it starts with parents. This is because kids are often not motivated to change their behavior, or they don’t know the skills needed to choose different behaviors. We need to teach those skills through everyday experiences (not in the therapy room), and then make sure that kids feel that there is a positive pay-off for putting in the effort. It is also essential to make sure that if your child chooses to engage in negative behaviors, your disciplinary response is meaningful – i.e., something that they want to avoid – while never being overly punitive. Your actions as a parent are way more likely to impact your child’s behavioral choices than any kind of 1:1 talk or play therapy.