How long do sessions last?
Sessions can range in length, depending on the needs of the patient. Typically, an initial assessment (for patients I haven’t previously seen) runs about an hour. This allows ample time to identify the needs of the patient, and to see if I am a “good fit” for the patient. Subsequent sessions usually range from 45 to 50 minutes. Your insurance company may only allow a certain session length. I will help you determine what your insurance company allows.
Can you prescribe medication?
No. I am a licensed clinical social worker. Only a medical doctor (MD) or a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) may prescribe medications. If you and I think that assessment for medication is advisable, I will refer you to a Psychiatrist, or provide clinical documentation/recommendations to your existing medical practitioner to support such a decision. Please note that a release of information (ROI) is needed for any third party with whom you would like your information shared. Please inform me of any medications you may currently be taking during your first session.
Why don't you see children younger than 10?
The answer to this question pertains to my personal and professional beliefs about the effectiveness of 1-on-1 counseling with young children. Many times I find that working with parents on ideas or strategies they can implement at home is far more effective than anything I could accomplish with their child in a session.
Why don't you see couples?