Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
The Center does not accept reimbursement from insurance companies. Clients must pay the Center directly for services. However, most insurance companies will reimburse clients for a substantial portion of treatment. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. The Center will provide you with a copy of your receipt on a monthly basis, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if you so choose. If you and your insurance company request it, your provider will fill out forms that are necessary to help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of fees.
How long does treatment last?
The length of treatment varies depending upon each individual.
What kind of treatment is right for me?
Every individual’s treatment is different. The type, length and frequency of treatment is determined by the therapist and patient together.
Do you prescribe mediation?
Psychologists in Washington, DC are not licensed to prescribe medication. Should you request a medication consultation or should we believe that you might benefit from a medication consultation we will refer you to a psychiatrist in the community.
Do you offer parenting classes?
We do not currently offer parenting classes. The Center provides a place where you can consider and explore different parenting options and strategies for the dilemmas parents face in raising their children. To this end, it is our aim to help you locate tools within yourself to better arrive at parenting decisions and strategies that are consistent with your values and your hopes for your family. However, the Center will not directly advise clients how to parent and does not promote a specific parenting philosophy.
Can I bring my baby to sessions?
You are welcome to bring your baby to your therapy sessions. However, we do not provide child care. While some women find it helpful for their infants to participate in the session with them, others find it distracting and need or want the time for themselves. We also offer interventions designed to help mothers who are struggling to bond with their baby or young child. Your therapist would be able to make a recommendation after an initial consultation.
Shouldn’t I just go to a parenting group or mommy and me group?
Parenting groups and classes are a wonderful way to establish connections with peers who are dealing with similar issues with their children and may provide just the support you are looking for. Some moms, however, are not comfortable sharing certain feelings or experiences with a group. Others may find that their particular group’s discussion does not cover the topics or reach the depth they want.
Babies and the process of parenting can arouse complicated feelings in us. Some of these feelings can be hard to share with family and peers. Therapy offers a confidential place in which to discuss and process these experiences and reactions.
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