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What is the difference between therapy & consultation?
Our consultation services are not therapeutic treatment, and there is no insurance reimbursement for this service. It is a service for parents who are seeking guidance about their child's diagnosis or their functioning in school. Consulting with our seasoned professional gives families an opportunity to gain support and guidance when navigating the 504 or IEP. Clear Mind consultants help parents make an optimal education and treatment plan for their children and point parents in the right direction for outside services. Clear Mind does not necessarily provide the services.
How does the scheduling of therapy work?
Once you have been assigned a therapist, we recommend that the therapist and client meet consistently once or twice a week. You will communicate with your therapist about the best times and days for you to meet. Keep in mind that mental health providers are very busy, and they will do their best to accommodate you.
How do I know if a therapist is right for me?
Research about effective therapy consistently points to the client's relationship with the therapist as the most important agent of change for clients. Make sure that you feel comfortable with your therapist while also keeping in mind that a therapist should be professional and should set respectful boundaries between themselves and their clients.
How do we schedule the first session?
When you phone our office or submit the form on this website, one of our team members will reach out to schedule a free 15-minute phone call with the appropriate clinician based on the age of the patient you are contacting us about.
Does Clear Mind take insurance?
At this time, Clear Mind does not take insurance. Our advice to clients is that they phone their insurance company to ask if there is coverage for "out-of-network mental health services". Our clinicians are either licensed psychologists or licensed clinical social workers. The procedure codes most often used are 90834 (Individual Psychotherapy, 45 min.), 90791 (Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation without Medical Services), and 90847 (Family Psychotherapy with client present 50 Minutes). Reference these credentials and codes when speaking with your insurance company to inquire about rate of reimbursement.
Does Clear Mind see patients in person or virtually?
Yes to both! We see clients in person in our lovely suite of offices in Rye, NY. When needed or desired, we can also see our clients through an encrypted virtual platform. This is particularly helpful for busy parents or college students studying away from home.
When should you seek help from a therapist for yourself or your child?
Although seeking therapy is a very personal decision and there is no definitive list of reasons to do so, here is a list of a few general things to consider that can help you decide if and when you or your child could benefit from therapy:
Your family is dealing with a stressful situation in life, such as bullying, a health problem, divorce, a new sibling, or a move to a new city, new job or school.
You or your child’s problems seem to be getting worse with age, instead of better.
Tantrums last longer than you’d expect, or your child gets destructive or hits people when angry.
The emotional problems started after a trauma in the family, such as a death, accident, or abuse.
You notice big personality changes in yourself or your child: for example, your child spends most of the day in her room and has dropped out of school activities.
You or your child’s anxiety is interfering with activities like job performance, relationship, school, homework, meals, or bedtime.
It is harder for you or your child to make and keep friends.
Your job performance is impacted by a lack of focus or your child’s grades are dropping, or she is frequently having trouble with her behavior or paying attention in class.
Anxiety causes you or your child to experience physical symptoms like stomach aches or headaches that don't seem to have a medical origin and causes you or your child to avoid new people or uncomfortable experiences to the point where it limits you to only a small, overly safe lifestyle.