How do we begin?
The first step is to complete my application packet, which you can download by clicking here. Once I receive the completed application I will contact you to schedule the assessment. There typically is not a long wait between completing the application and the assessment. At the assessment I will first meet with the parent(s), then the child or adolescent. At the end of the session I will share my recommendation for treatment with the parents.
How do I schedule?
All appointments are scheduled directly through me.
Where are you located?
I have two offices. On Wednesdays I am in Athens at 17 Blue Line Drive 45701. The rest of my time is spent in my Hilliard (West side of Columbus) office at 3966 Brown Park Drive 43026.
How are sessions paid for?
Most families access PASSS funds to pay for services. PASSS is a state adoption subsidy that is administered by the counties. It was designed to pay for the cost of services that are not covered by insurance or Medicaid. All adopted children, except those adopted by step parents, are eligible for this subsidy. This includes all children adopted internationally. Each child is eligible for $10,000 ($15,000 in special circumstances) per fiscal year. To access these funds, contact Children Services in the county you live (even if your child was adopted through a different county). The caseworker who works with adoption subsidies can provide you with the PASSS application. A PASSS committee in each county reviews the applications. You will need a letter of need, treatment plan and credentials form from me. You can download the credentials form here (this link will open a PDF file). I will provide the treatment plan and letter of need following the assessment. Are you provide me with your approval letter, I will bill the county directly. You may be assigned a small copay by the county. A typical copay is 5%.
I also accept private pay clients.
How much are sessions?
Assessments are $425. Following that sessions are billed in 45 minute increments at $137.50. Typical sessions are approximately 90 minutes.
What about insurance or Medicaid?
My services aren’t covered by insurance or Medicaid.
What ages do you work with?
I work with clients from birth through young adulthood. The treatment model is developed according to the unique needs of each family. Parents with concerns about their infant’s attachment can meet with me for parent consultation. As children age and become more verbal, they are more involved in the treatment process.
What about your dog?
My Wheaton Terrier, Scout, is with me for almost all sessions. She is seven years old and has been doing this since she was just a puppy. Wheaton Terriers don’t shed and rarely cause allergy problems. Scout is happy to lie in your lap, she always knows when someone needs extra comfort. If you aren’t a dog person, that’s fine. Scout can lie on the floor by me.
Where are you located?
I have office hours in Athens County at 17 Blue Line Drive Athens 45701. Equine therapy is provided at Natural Freedom, 41810 State Farm Road, Albany Ohio 45710. My Columbus office is located at 3966 Brown Park Drive, Suite H, Columbus Ohio 43026.
What else do I need to know?
The child or adolescent will wait in the waiting room for the first part of each session while I meet with the parents. If you believe your child will need supervision during this time, please make arrangements to bring a caregiver.