How long is each session? Sessions are 50-60 minutes. Occasionally, a 90 minute session is scheduled for EMDR or for a parent session.
How much does it cost? $130 per session Sliding scale - I have a limited number of slots available for a reduced fee. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation. 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. The best results occur when the parents are involved in the child's treatment. 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 ever work with just the parents? Yes, I strongly encourage frequent parent-only sessions as the parents hold the key to creating changes in the home. I also work with families who want parent-only sessions for the entirety of our work together.
Is this covered by my insurance?
I am in-network for Cigna, and 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.
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 15 minute phone consultation. If you would like to schedule either, please contact me at (619) 218-5002 or through the contact form below.
San Diego, CA 92108
"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
*Currently accepting clients for online/telehealth only
Laura Christofferson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist LCS26576