Looking into therapy for yourself or your child is a huge step and my goal is to make it as streamlined as possible. The first step is to determine your health insurance benefits.
The most common billing codes I use are:
- 90837 Psychotherapy session
- 90846 Family Psychotherapy without patient present
- 90853 Group Therapy
Please use this information contacting your insurance company to determine reimbursement benefits. A superbill will be generated monthly in your client portal for insurance purposes. A comprehensive reimbursement FAQ can be emailed to you, just request one from firstname.lastname@example.org.
It can be a big commitment searching and researching mental health providers for your child and family. Here are some common questions:
- Where do I start?
- Find someone that aligns with your parenting philosophy and will commit to work with you as parents along with your child. A therapist should be willing to work with the client (child), parents, siblings, school, and other medical professionals.
- Does therapy get covered by insurance?
- Determine if a private pay practice is right for you. Practices that do not take insurance typically have more flexibility to do what is best for the client, without the red tape from insurance carriers. Some providers do provide billing codes for you to submit claims to your insurance company.
- How much do I tell me therapist?
- Be open and honest with your therapist. It can feel awkward to share private struggles within your family, but the more information you provide to a clinician, the better they are equipped to help the client.
- How long should I go to therapy?
- There is no “one size fits all” in therapy. Some clients come weekly for years, others just need a few sessions to feel back to “normal.” Some clients do a combination of individual and group therapy. Feel comfortable sharing what might work best for your family.
- My child goes to therapy, but I’m having trouble at home with my child. What do I do?
- The majority of the wins/struggles fall on the parents. Ask for help from your or your child’s clinician when you are overwhelmed. Parent coaching is a large part of the game, and we can all benefit from it!