How long is each session? Sessions are 60 minutes. The first session is 90 minutes - you receive an additional 30 minutes at no extra charge.
What does a typical session look like?
The first session is typically caregiver(s) only. This gives us an opportunity to discuss your child in depth. We will discuss the type of structure that will work best for your needs.
Examples of a session structure:
Entire family meets together
Mother and child meets one week, the father and child meet the next
I meet with child for the first 45 minutes, and together with the caregiver(s) for the last 15 minutes
I meet with the parent alone for 30 minutes, meet with the child alone for 30 minutes
I meet with the caregivers alone for a "parent session"
This structure changes week to week, based on the needs of the family and the treatment goals.
Will I know what you are working on with my child?
YES. I am a temporary helping person. You are your child's permanent helping person. Because of this, I strongly encourage parent participation. At times, I may give your child homework, and I will encourage you to be a part of it. At other times, I may give you homework. You will always know what we are working on and will be given information on how you can follow-up at home.
How often are the appointments? That is up to you, but we can talk more about what will work best for your family and your situation. Generally, it is helpful to meet weekly - especially in the beginning - as we are establishing a relationship. I know this is not always possible, and meeting every other week can also work well. Some families choose to "taper down" to meeting less frequently when we are nearing the end of treatment.
How long will my child need to be in therapy? That is such a difficult question to answer because this varies so much. It really depends on your child and family as well as the type of treatment that we proceed with.
Do you work with older children and adults? While I specialize in ages 0-12, I also work with older adolescents and young adults. I do see adult clients for help with parenting.
How much does it cost? Please call to discuss fees. Sliding scale - I have a limited number of slots available for a reduced fee. I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation as well as a complementary 30 minute in-person "meet and greet".
Is this covered by my insurance?
I am an authorized out-of-network provider for Tricare. If you have any type of insurance that is a PPO, you can request reimbursement. I will help you figure that out.
Although I am not contracted with any other insurance plans, some insurances will agree to do a "single case agreement" with me, since I do have a specialization in play therapy and young children. You can contact your insurance plan to make this request.
Paying out of pocket, rather than going through your insurance company, allows me to work with your child without having to diagnosis him/her. Your information does not go to a third party insurance company.
Many families also choose to pay through their company's health spending account. That way the services are tax-free, and you do not need a diagnosis to get reimbursement.
What if I still don't know? It is important that you find a therapist that is a good fit for your child and family. Therefore, I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation as well as a complementary 30 minute in-person "meet and greet". If you would like to schedule either, please contact me at (619) 218-5002 or through the contact form below.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." -Fred Rogers
*I am currently on maternity leave. Please check back in August 2017!*
Laura Christofferson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist LCS26576