What is Floortime? Floortime is a type of child-centered play therapy that encourages parents and therapists to get on the floor and follow the child’s lead in play. In the Floortime model, parents learn how to enter a child’s world and how to gently expand that world. Therapists work alongside parents using a coaching model that helps strengthen the parent-child interaction. While Floortime was intended for use with children on the Autism spectrum, it can be used for children of all ages and stages.
What is CBT? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective, scientifically validated treatment used to address a number of concerns including anxiety, depression, phobia, and PTSD. It seeks to identify and understand patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior. With my help, the client learns how to change and control these patterns. CBT is unlike other therapy in that it relies on client involvement including keeping thought records and homework assignments. Since the client is active in this process, benefits can be seen much more rapidly, usually within 12-16 weeks of treatment.
What are PMADs? PMADs refer to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, also known as the emotional and physical symptoms that can affect women or men during the pregnancy and postpartum period. While it is normal for all new parents to experience some baby blues during the transition to parenthood, when these symptoms don’t get better over time or feel like they’re too much to handle, it is best to seek treatment. We can work together to find the treatment that’s best for you. Do you work with fathers as well? Yes! The transition to parenthood can be very difficult for both mothers, fathers, partners, and caregivers. While much of the postpartum support is focused on mothers, fathers can also experience PMADs and often there is limited support and help available. Helping all parents is a mission of mine.
Do you offer sliding scale fees? I am currently a partner with the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) where I offer sliding scale fees to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I also accept compensation from the DC Crime Victim Compensation Program.
Do you accept insurance? Many insurance companies offer partial reimbursement for “out of network”providers. I am currently an “out of network" provider but I can provide a monthly receipt which you can submit to the insurance carrier for reimbursement. When you call your insurance company, you should ask:
What are my Out Of Network, Mental Health insurance benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Is preauthorization (e.g. pre-approval, pre-certification) required from my insurance company or primary care physician?
Am I able to use a health savings, flex spending, or other similar types of accounts to cover the cost of treatment?