CONTACT DR. CINDY
Phone: (203) 913-6105
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can therapy help my child, adolescent, or young adult?
Often therapy can help provide a different perspective on some of the problems your child, adolescent, or young adult is facing as well as help point him/her in a positive direction towards a solution. The most critical part in the therapeutic process is finding a therapist who makes you and your child feel comfortable and understood, provides empathy, and also challenges your child to relook at current patterns of thinking and behaviors. By helping your child to see the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, insight is born and growth can be achieved. Through collaborative work, a therapist can help you or your child problem solve issues, relook at unresolved family difficulties and dynamics, and develop positive strategies and coping skills to address ADHD, anxiety, depression, and relationship or behavioral issues.
How does the therapy process work?
After the first phone call, an initial evaluation is scheduled that lasts one hour. During this initial meeting, I will get to know your child and your family and help to identify the primary issues. We will also begin to discuss and create a plan for therapy. After the initial appointment, a schedule for sessions is agreed upon. These sessions last for 45 minutes and usually weekly sessions are the best. Together we will work to develop therapy goals and set a direction to move forward. The length of treatment depends upon several factors including your child’s willingness to utilize the skills and insight learned during therapy sessions and generalize them into everyday life. If you and your child are participating in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, the typical PCIT session lasts for one hour. Weekly sessions are recommended. The length of the therapy program varies depending upon how quickly you (as the parent) can master the specific techniques and skills. Supportive parent coaching is provided throughout the program.
Why consider psychological testing for your child?
If your child is either struggling in school, has issues with attention, has learning difficulties, has emotional problems, or appears to be presenting with gifted traits, parents often feel uncertain as to how to move forward. A psychological testing evaluation can provide answers to help you better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses across numerous domains including IQ/cognitive, attention, memory, achievement, and social/emotional functioning. In this way, a clear picture of your child emerges along with recommendations for moving forward. Clinical impressions are provided which may or may not result in a diagnosis. If appropriate, recommendations can also include accommodations and interventions to help support your child in the school environment. To receive accommodations/interventions at the elementary, middle and high school grades, for the SAT or ACT testing, and for college, a current psychological/psychoeducational testing report is often required.
How does the psychological testing process work?
An initial evaluation appointment is the first step in psychological testing. During this meeting, I will discuss and review your child’s history and help to identify the key presenting problems and referral questions that you need answered. I will then formulate and recommend the optimal testing program for your child. A typical psychological testing session can range from two to four hours and will vary depending upon the referral question(s), the type of psychological testing plan, and the age, attention level, and processing speed of your child. A full psychological testing evaluation can usually be completed in two sessions over two days. A detailed written evaluation along with recommendations is provided during the feedback session. The feedback session is usually scheduled within 3 to 4 weeks of the final testing session.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information can not be discussed without written permission. I am required by law to immediately report suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse to the appropriate authorities. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I must inform the police and inform the intended victim. If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take additional measures that are provided to me by law, without their permission, in order to insure their safety.
Do you accept insurance?
I currently do not accept insurance. I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. For clients who will be using their out-of-network benefits, you can submit the monthly superbill to the insurance company, which is generated in my HIPPA compliant patient portal. After the deductible is reached, the majority of insurance companies will reimburse 60% to 80% of the authorized amount for out-of-network mental health services. It is important that you develop a clear understanding of the mental health benefits provided by your insurance company for both therapy and psychological testing services.
What is your payment policy?
For therapy, payment is due in full at the time of the session. Cash, checks, and all forms of major credit cards are accepted. For psychological testing, half of the full testing fee is due on the first day of testing. The remaining fee is due on the day of the feedback session.
What is your cancellation policy?
Clients are provided with a regular weekly therapy time slot. If there is not enough advanced notice, it is often quite difficult to fill this time. As such, I require 24 hour advanced notice if you will not be keeping the appointment. If you cancel late or miss your appointment, you will be charged the full fee.