Dr. Lee Ann Scott specializes in working with young children, adolescents, and young adults.
Individual psychotherapy involves an exploration of the patient’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and interpersonal relationships, so that an individual can increase self-awareness and insight and develop positive tools for coping more effectively with difficulties.
In play therapy, toys and other materials play role in the therapeutic process. If play is considered the language of children, then toys are their words. Children in play therapy are able to choose from an array of toys. They are given the power to determine what toys to use and how to use the toys most of the time. If a child decides to use a toy in a destructive manner, the play therapist will use limit-setting to help the child learn more effective and socially-appropriate ways to express himself or herself and develop self-control.
Any psychological therapy begins with the client’s (or parent/guardian’s) careful and detailed completion of our intake/developmental history form (prior to the first session), which gathers basic background information about the client and their past and current life circumstances, as well as a description of the current concerns and symptoms which have led to the decision to seek psychological therapy. If there are previous psychological or psychiatric evaluations (or other pertinent medical records, such as pediatrician or neurological), please also provide these along with the completed intake form.
The next step is the intake session, which is typically a 60-120 minute consultation session (with therapist and client and/or client’s parent/guardian), during which the therapist will discuss symptoms and concerns which have led to seeking psychological therapy for self or child, and the outcomes sought from psychological therapy. This time will vary according to the complexity and/or severity of the problem issues/concerns being addressed, as well as whether an individual discussion is needed with a minor client as well as parent/guardian, in addition to discussion with the minor client and parent/guardian together. At the end of the consultation session, feedback and recommendations for psychological treatment, as well as other possible types of treatment, will be provided. A plan for treatment will be discussed and agreed upon by therapist and client or parent/guardian, designed to assist in meeting the treatment goals in the treatment plan. (Cost for intake session = $100 per 30 minutes of time)
Individual Psychotherapy sessions for adolescents or young adults are typically 45-50 minutes (with 10-15 minutes for therapist notes). Thus, typical charge for 1 hour therapy session = $200.
Play Therapy sessions for children (typically appropriate for ages 4-5 up to 10-12, but may vary based on child’s maturity) are usually 45 minutes, but may be shortened, based on age and attention span/cooperation of child (with 15 minutes for therapist notes). Thus, typical charge for 1 hour therapy session = $200.
Parent/Family Sessions: For effective psychological therapy for children and adolescents residing with parents/guardians, in most cases there must be some sessions scheduled which include the caregivers, in order to make meaningful progress with the child. This can usually be done in 30 minutes, but sometimes may need a longer session of an hour (these sessions are also billed at the rate of $100 for 30 minutes of time).
During the parent session, sometimes the child is included and it is like a family therapy session, if this is needed to negotiate or work out certain issues between the parent and child. Sometimes the parent may initiate scheduling this type of session with therapist in private to discuss concerns about the child. At times, the therapist will request this type of session, in order to provide the guardians with psycho-education or instruction about certain issues, recommendations or techniques to be utilized. These types of sessions can be scheduled as often as therapeutically needed during the course of therapy.
Also, parent and therapist communication can occur through email at parents’ request and approval, especially when parents are providing updates to the therapist about the child’s recent behavior, symptoms and progress just prior to a therapy session (updated information being provided prior to therapy sessions is vital for a child to make progress in therapy).
During our initial meeting, fees and payment arrangements will be discussed. Dr. Scott often helps clients utilize “out of network” insurance benefits to obtain reimbursement for services. Many plans cover a substantial portion of therapy costs (ranging from 50-100%).