Questions


Q. What’s the best way to schedule an appointment?
A. You may call 619-272-6858 x701 or send an email to Erika@anxietytraumatherapy.com. If you call simply leave a message with your name and number.  Your call or email will be returned promptly. You can also fill out the form on the contact page.

Q. Are sessions confidential?
A. You are protected by the privacy laws of California as well as the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession. As your therapist, I cannot discuss anything about you with anyone without your written permission, unless it is a question of safety. During the first session you will be provided with what is commonly referred to as an Informed Consent Form. You will also be provided information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These documents and our discussion will clarify the bounds and limits of confidentiality.

Q. What happens during our initial session?
A.  The first session focuses on the particular situation or problem that brings you to therapy. In addition, some background information will be gathered, which will help me understand the context of your situation and aid in determining our focus and direction. Matters of fee payment options, and scheduling will also be worked out in the first session.

Q. How long is a session?
A. The initial session is approximately 60-75 minutes. Sessions that follow are about 50 minutes. Coupleand Family sessions may be a little longer if needed.

Q. How often do we meet?
A. It is most common to attend weekly sessions or bi-weekly sessions at the beginning of therapy. However, we will continually check progress to see if it may be a appropriate to attend less later in the therapeutic process. It is important to know that research confirms that consistency in therapy increases success.

Q. How much does therapy cost?
A. My current fee is $140 per session. I do have limited low fee spots available and offer an income-based sliding scale to those who qualify. If you need financial assistance please do not hesitate to discuss this with me. I will do my best to support you with an adjusted fee, an alternative plan that fits your needs, or a referral to another professional who can accommodate you in this area.

Q. Do you have a sliding scale or do you take insurance?
A. I do not accept insurance at this time, however, if your insurance company reimburses you for services I can provide a "Super Bill" as proof of payment. I also accept self-pay clients on a sliding scale based on your individual needs. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Q. Is there parking at your location?
A. Free street parking can often be found around our office. Additionally, there is plenty of metered parking immediately outside the building. 

Q. Your primary approach with children is "Play Therapy". Can Play Really be Therapeutic?
A. Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters (Reddy, Files-Hall & Schaefer, 2005). Play therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

Meta-analytic reviews of over 100 play therapy outcome studies (Leblanc & Ritchie, 2001; Bratton, et. al., 2005) have found that the over-all treatment effect of play therapy ranges from moderate to high positive effects. Play therapy has proven equally effective across age, gender, and presenting problem. Additionally, positive treatment effects were found to be greatest when there was a parent actively involved in the child's treatment.

(taken from the Association for Play Therapy www.ap4t.org)