Jessica has a special passion for working with teens and young adults. Jessica will not see children under the age of 5. If your child is currently enrolled in 1st grade, or if on summer break, will be enrolled in 1st grade in the fall, this is the youngest Jessica prefers to see. She only sees adults on a case by case basis.
Yes! I accept both self pay clients as well as most major insurances including:
**I DO NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM OF MEDICAID OR HEALTHY INDIANA PLANS**
Jessica 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 Jessica 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 Jessica works primarily with families and children, her office hours reflect this and she has evening and weekend appointments.
Her current availability, which is subject to change, is Tuesdays AM & PM, Thursdays PM, and Saturday AM.
Jessica typically is able to see new clients within 1-2 weeks if she is not on a waitlist.
Please bring the following with you to the first appointment:
Depending on your appointment time and child, you may also wish to bring a snack and drink with you. Jessica has a play therapy room and has something for everyone, therefore, she asks 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, Jessica will do her 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 Jessica 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. Jessica 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 Jessica 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- Jessica will take BOTH the child and parent back to her 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- Jessica will direct most of the questions to the child. She will ask about school, friends, home, and of course symptoms. When done, Jessica will let your child play (or sit there if they chose) while she reviews these same topics with you. Jessica will also ask about family, developmental, medical, and mental health history. Jessica will assess for symptoms of various issues including mood and behavior disorders.
Lastly, Jessica 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.
Jessica tries to 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 inbetween!
TYPICALLY, however, Jessica likes to meet with new clients once a week for the first month to build rapport and consistency with your child. After this time, Jessica likes to do a check-in appointment with the family to ensure we are working on the right thing, determine progress, and make any adjustments needed.
Again, Jessica tries 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 Jessica and the child alone, unless the child or parent requests otherwise. Although subsequent sessions are typically 1:1 with the child, Jessica rarely will deter a parent from coming into the session if requested and only if it is counter productive to the therapeutic process.
Jessica 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 Jessica at any time they feel they need to. Additionally, Jessica takes a WHOLE SYSTEMS approach to counseling, meaning she 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!
Jessica 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 Jessica prior to the appointment to discuss any concerns or issues that have arisen throughout the week.
Jessica 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.
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. Jessica typically will suggest tapering off of sessions once there has been a period of time where the identified goal is being met.
Jessica 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.
Jessica also offers a FREE 15 min. initial phone consultation to make sure that she is the right fit for you!