Why Attachment-Based Therapy?
The first three years of a person’s life can establish relationship patterns for a lifetime. As children develop they learn how to be in the world through the relationships they have with parents, caregivers, and close adults. These relationships can be challenging at times, despite our best efforts, but understanding these challenges can create a starting place for change. Sometimes children might come to their parents through adoption or extraordinary circumstances, leaving the time before this vacant of the needed relationship patterns to form a secure base. From the time of conception, children begin to develop their understanding of the world. The interactions they have with adults helps to form who they are, their ability to regulate emotions, as well as their ability to feel calm and confident. The best news in all of this, is that we can create change by building on these important relationships at any age.
What types of concerns can attachment-based, family therapy or play therapy be helpful for?
- Challenging behaviors at home or school (inattention, difficulty following directions, difficulty following a routine, talking back, tantrums, difficulty developing friendships or social skills)
- Difficulty with expressing or regulating emotions
- Parent-Child Conflict/Sibling Conflict
- Life Transitions (Divorce, separation, death of a loved one, birth of a sibling, transition to new school)
What can I expect to get started?
At intake we will discuss your goals for your child, yourself, or your family. It will also be important to consider the age of your child and what is developmentally appropriate. Treatment might be specific to supporting moms and dads who are experiencing post partum symptoms or providing parent coaching and behavioral interventions to increase social-emotional skills. Theraplay techniques or Child Parent Psychotherapy could be utilized to improve parent-child relationships or non-directive play therapy might be best for individual children (with the parent attending the end of the session). If all members of the family will participate, family therapy can be quite effective and efficient depending on the identified goals.
Frequency and Duration of Therapy?
We will also discuss treatment goals, frequency and duration of treatment during the intake. Typically we will start with weekly sessions and decrease as we get closer to the termination of therapy. How long you will be in therapy varies and is dependent upon your goals and the child’s developmental history if applicable.
$120/50 minute therapy session
$85/60 minute Clinical and Reflective Supervision
I do have a limited number of reduced fee sessions available. If you need to discuss a reduced fee please inquire when setting up your initial intake appointment.
Payment is due in full at the time of the appointment. I accept cash, check, debit and credit cards.
Do you bill Insurance for services?
I do currently take Cigna and United. For those companies I am not in network with I would be considered an out of network provider. If you are eligible for out of network benefits I can provide you with a detailed invoice that includes all the billing and diagnostic codes needed to submit to your insurance company.
How do you work with families that are separated or divorced?
When both parents have legal custody/shared decision making rights then both parents must provide consent for treatment and agree to the treatment plan. I will need for you to provide a current copy of your parenting agreement for your file. If a parent chooses to revoke their consent for services this must be provided in writing.
At the time of your initial intake, we start by establishing clear boundaries and expectations for the level of engagement each parent will have in the therapy process. This includes scheduling, receiving parent feedback, and payment for services.
What other skills do you bring as a treatment provider?
I have had over six years of experience providing early childhood mental health consultation in early childcare settings. I have worked collaboratively with early intervention providers and can screen for developmental delays, providing referral and connection to early intervention services. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and educational professionals.
I am endorsed in Infant Mental Health (clinical mentor level IV) and can provide reflective supervision to other infant and toddler providers seeking this support.
I also have over 10 years of experience providing clinical supervision to those seeking licensure, currently working with children and families.