How do I get my child started in therapy?
The first step is to contact me, Juli Hindsley, by phone or email for a free consultation. From there, an intake session will be scheduled. The intake session is typically with the parent(s) only (if child is under 16).
Do you accept insurance?
We do not currently accept insurance. Fees range between $130-200, and are based on a limited sliding fee scale. Quite often, fees are similar to the co-pay you would have paid. Payments are made by cash, check or credit card. We are flexible and will work to avoid obstacles in having your child receive services.
What is the cost?
Therapy costs range between $130-200 depending on the therapist and type of service. Children 5 and under will be offered half sessions (25 mins long) at a cost of $95. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card.
How flexible is your schedule?
Our practice is built around serving children and therefore we are available to schedule appointments seven days per week. We understand that late afternoon, early evenings and Saturdays are usually most convenient for clients.
How long are the therapy sessions?
Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes. Intake sessions and family sessions last up to 90 minutes.
My spouse and I are getting divorced – can you be involved in our custody and court case?
My role as your child’s therapist is to provide information and tools for your child to reach his potential for happiness and success. While family (parent) sessions are imperative for helping a child succeed in the home and at school, they will only be used during litigation with the consent of both parties. Because confidentiality is strictly enforced, my work and notes are not available in litigated environments.
Divorce is a stressful time for the family and therapy will help your child navigate this confusing and difficult time. Divorcing parents can meet with me separately for family sessions or to discuss parenting plans and how your child(ren) might react to certain options.
How long will my child be in therapy?
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a therapy timeline. The goal is for your child and family to feel confident and positive and for you to feel comfortable using the discussed strategies and techniques on a daily basis.
Typically, I recommend that your child and I meet for three sessions, and then have a family (parent) session to discuss progress and home implementation. This flow of three child sessions, one family (parent) session provides a way to monitor progress and discuss concerns and a timeline that works for everyone.
What approach do you use in therapy? What if it doesn’t work for my child?
Because of our extensive research and professional experience we use many different therapeutic styles. Each session is tailored to fit your child’s unique issues using a variety of talking, activities, play, worksheets and therapeutic homework. Based on the information you provide during intake and our impression of your child during each session, sessions will be tailored to the specific needs of your child.
During the parent sessions, your child’s progress and compatibility with my style will be discussed. We are available seven days a week to discuss concerns by e-mail or phone.
I have read about confidentiality and therapy; I’m his parent and want to know what happens in sessions! What will you tell me about my child?
To have the most success in therapy, children need to trust their therapist; therefore, they need to know that they can share things in confidence in a session. This is an important aspect of building the therapeutic alliance and will only benefit your child in the long run
In cases of abuse, neglect or if your child discloses she is going to harm herself or someone else the law mandates that confidentiality be broken. This will be discussed further with you and your child in early sessions. Depending on the age of the child and the nature of the disclosed information, what is discussed with you as a parent may change; for example, when working with young children issues may be discussed in more frequency with parents, as young children often need additional discussions with parents at home about particular topics. In the case of teenagers, however, it may be beneficial that I work with your child to help him learn to talk with you about sensitive information disclosed in a session rather than discuss this with you as the therapist. Again, during the intake and initial sessions confidentiality and disclosures will be discussed in further detail.
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Child & Family Therapy Center
558 94th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702