Do you offer face to face or tele-health services?
Your Story Rewritten offers both face to face and tele-health options via a HIPPA compliant and easy to access platform.
Do you accept medicaid or other insurances?
At this time, medicaid is not accepted. Your Story Rewritten is currently working to become an in network provider for some private insurances and will update the site as those finalize.
To assist with financial burden for those that are uninsured and/or medicaid eligible there are a limited number of sliding scale openings each week. Please reach out for more information.
What are the pros and cons of paying privately for mental health services?
The biggest and most significant negative of paying out of pocket when you have insurance with mental health benefits is financial burden. The entire cost of the service would be out of pocket and likely 3-4x the cost of a co-payment.
An advantage to not using insurance benefits includes more flexibility in the services provided and increased level of confidentiality. Insurance providers place limits on how many sessions are authorized, the number of sessions that can be with caregivers versus must include the client (if the client is a minor) and what must occur during these sessions. In regards to confidentiality, in order to use insurance benefits the client must receive a mental health diagnosis and this diagnosis is added to the clients medical record. There is also the potential of an audit in which the insurance provider request full access to a client's file in order to ensure services were provided and documented to their standards. For some there is concern of having a child and/or themself being diagnosed with a mental health illness which is required if utilizing insurance benefits.
If you have questions about this, please reach out.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes! Please contact me to see if you qualify and if there is space to be seen at the reduced rate.
What techniques do you use?
I use a variety of evidenced based techniques depending on the client, their symptoms and diagnosis.
I am a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapist (CPP) and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) provider in the state of NC. I have received training in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused.
Depending on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment goals, I will work with the client to offer a specific treatment model and/or a mix to best fit the needs identified.
How long does therapy take?
This depends and will be discussed during the initial intake and assessment. Typically, CPP & TF-CBT is weekly for 9-12 months and involves both the children and caregivers equally.
Do you prescribe medication?
This is a great question! While best results are often gained using a combination of medication and therapy only a medical doctor or nurse practitioner can prescribe medication. If a prescriber is needed, referrals can be made.
Can you really engage kids in telehealth?
YES! Even if you have tried telehealth in the past, I highly recommend trying it again. Especially if the options are telehealth versus no therapy.
Therapy with kids whether in person or virtually is active, involves a lot of play, creatively and often results in making a mess. :)
Your Story Rewritten will work with you to identify the ideal location in your home, gather the needed supplies and create the environment needed for your little one to not only engage, but enjoy their telehealth services.
If my kid is the client, why am I required to be so involved?
As your child's caregiver, you are the most important and influential person in their life. One of the biggest goals of therapy with children especially trauma therapy is to strengthen attachment, increase emotional safety, and improve the relationship between caregiver and kiddo.
Therapy for children is a big commitment for both the kiddo and caregiver. There will be activities and strategies to implement and practice outside of sessions and these are vital to the success of treatment. With that, the goal is for your kiddo to graduate therapy, this means that the therapist will not always be in the kiddos life; however, the caregiver is. The next time there is a stressful event (and there will be) the kiddo will be able to overcome it with the assistance of the caregiver due to what both learned during therapy.
What about school?
Mental Health is vital to the success of your child and I would argue just as important as visiting their pediatrician. A school note is provided after each session stating that your child had a medical appointment and that their absence should be excused.
In some cases, it is appropriate to have session via tele-health and many of our schools are assisting students with accessing mental health services via tele-health with out leaving the school.
How come my kid keeps saying "all you do is play?"
Because play is magical at all ages. For those under age 6, play is their primary language and the best way to communicate. For older kids, play offers distraction, builds rapport and establishes safety.
Trust me, we may have "just played uno the whole time," but we also discussed their nightmare, the test that is causing anxiety, the bully and even their urges to self-harm....all while "just playing uno."