Our therapists see children 5 years of age and older. Two of our therapists have a specialty in working with teens.
Our therapists also love working with young adults dealing with life transitions and parents on issues surrounding their children, please contact us to see if we can assist with your specific issue.
Yes! We accept both self pay clients as well as most major insurances including:
- New Avenues/Midwest
- IU Health Plans
**WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM OF MEDICAID OR HEALTHY INDIANA PLANS**
Indy Child Therapist will verify your benefits prior to your appointment, however, this is a courtesy and may not be accurate. It is your responsibility to verify that your therapist is in network with your insurance and that mental health services are covered. Please be prepared to pay your co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible at the first and each subsequent visit.
As Indy Child Therapist works primarily with families and children, our office hours reflect this; we have evening and weekend appointments.
- Tell your child you are taking them and why. It is not fun for any of us for a child to be surprised by this upon entering the office.
- FILL OUT ALL PAPERWORK in the client portal. All paperwork must be completed 24 hours prior to the appointment to give your therapist time to review it. Appointments will be rescheduled if paperwork is not complete.
- Talk with the other parent involved to see what insights, concerns, or information they would like relayed.
- Write down any specific questions or concerns that you have.
- Gather and bring the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any medical doctors, school, teachers, etc that you may want Jessica to correspond with.
- Make copies of any testing or evaluations done by a doctor, therapist, school, or other entity you wish the therapist to review and bring with you to the intake appointment.
Please bring the following with you to the first appointment:
- Legal guardian and child
- Any custody or legal paperwork if applicable
- State ID/Driver’s License
- Insurance Card
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone you will want your therapist to correspond with
- Any testing or evaluations that have been completed on the child
- Complete list of any and all medications the child is on
Depending on your appointment time and child, you may also wish to bring a snack and drink with you. We will be in a play therapy room and have something for everyone, therefore, we ask that no electronics be used by the child (or parent) during the intake or subsequent appointments.
There is a lot happening at the first initial intake appointment. It can be a very busy, stressful, and uncomfortable time, however, your therapist will do their best to make it as relaxed of an appointment as possible. The purpose of this appointment is NOT to have a therapy session, but for the therapist to build rapport with your child and get the most accurate snap-shot picture of the child and family as possible.
Before you arrive– make sure you have completed the intake paperwork located on the client portal. Make sure you are also aware of what your insurance benefits, including copays, co-insurance, and deductible are before the appointment. We will go over this with you at the first appointment but this is done as a courtesy and may not be accurate.
When you arrive– have a seat in the lobby and your therapist will be out to get you at your appointment time. Having your child go to the bathroom before the appointment is always a good idea!
Next- Your therapist will take BOTH the child and parent back to the office. It is rare that this does not occur and would be something to arrange prior to the intake appointment. The intake cannot be billed to insurance without the child present.
In the office- Your therapist will direct most of the questions to the child. We will ask about school, friends, home, and of course symptoms. When done, the therapist will let your child play (or sit there if they chose) while they reviews these same topics with you. Your therapist will also ask about family, developmental, medical, and mental health history. We will assess for symptoms of various issues including mood and behavior disorders.
Lastly, your therapist will ask you and your child what you wish to accomplish from therapy and how we will know when we have accomplished it. We want to have a goal and plan, right?!?
After the appointment- you will check out and set up another appointment and fill out any releases of information that you wish.
Ensuring excellent and effective client care is our mission. Therefore, we manage our caseloads in a way to make sure every client is able to be seen regularly and in a timely manner. Our therapists develop a treatment plan that is unique to each client’s needs. As such, sessions could be twice a week or once a month or something in-between!
TYPICALLY, however, we like to meet with new clients once a week for the first month to build rapport and consistency with your child. After this time, we do a check-in appointment with the family to ensure we are working on the right thing, determine progress, and make any adjustments needed.
Our therapists try to structure each and every appointment based on the needs of that specific client and as such there is not really a typical session.
There are a few things however, that are generally the same.
The first appointment after the intake is almost always done with your therapist and the child alone, unless the child or parent requests otherwise. Although subsequent sessions are typically 1:1 with the child, we rarely will deter a parent from coming into the session if requested and only if it is counter productive to the therapeutic process.
Indy Child Therapist requests to meet with parents every 3-4 sessions to ensure everyone is on the same page and address any issues or concerns that arise. Parents may request to meet with their therapist at any time they feel they need to. Additionally, we take a WHOLE SYSTEMS approach to counseling, meaning we does not identify one singular person as the “problem” and therefore will treat the FAMILY in most instances. Be prepared to engage in the therapeutic process alongside your child!
Your therapist will also ask you upon coming out to get your child if there is anything that she should know about. You may come back with the child or by yourself to share this information if you have any. Likewise, you may also email or call your therapist prior to the appointment to discuss any concerns or issues that have arisen throughout the week. Clients are also encouraged to use the client portal to communicate at any times with their therapist.
Our therapists typically gives “You-work”. This is something for you and the child to work on throughout the week such as journaling, coping skills, or a specific activity/exercise. Coming and talking once a week is not the cure. In order to change or improve things, you will need to do some work outside of the therapy office.
The intake appointment is up to 2 hours. Typical sessions are 45-55 minutes in length.
As far as the duration of the entire therapy process, this is again something that is specific to each client. We typically will suggest tapering off of sessions once there has been a period of time where the identified goal is being met.
Indy Child Therapist likes to reduce the frequency of sessions to ensure the client is able to maintain progress before discharging the client.
Clients who successfully discharge from services and find the need for therapy in the future are more than welcome to come back for a booster or refresher. Likewise, they are also welcome to come back into therapy if there is a need for that as well.
Unsure if we are the right fit for your child? We pride ourselves on ensuring excellent client care, as such, if you are concerned if we are the right fit for you, please request a phone consultation and we will be happy to discuss this with you.