Helping Hand Counseling LLC

Psychotherapy for Children,
Teens, and Families.

ABOUT

I’ve always been drawn to helping others. My passion is working with children, teens, parents, and families. I practice from a strengths-based and client focused foundation. I use an eclectic approach to meet the client(s) where he/she is at to resolve the issue(s) that brought them into therapy. Depending on the client’s needs, I tailor my approach to best meet their goals. I provide a genuine, warm, and open environment.

As a registered play therapist, I work with children at expressing themselves in a manner that feels safe and non-threatening. Play is a child’s natural language. In therapy, I may use a combination of directive and non-directive play therapy techniques, depending on the child’s situation. This form of therapy has helped me connect with children and teens who previously have not responded to traditional therapy in the past.

I have over 20 years experience working as a licensed clinical social worker with children and families. I have done in-home family counseling, served as a deputy juvenile officer for St. Louis County, worked as a crisis counselor with Behavioral Health Response, and as a school social worker with Special school district. As a school social worker, I provide consultation on childhood social emotional issues, conduct individual and group counseling, and function as part of students’ IEP teams. I am a certified instructor through Crisis Prevention Institute and train staff in non-violent crisis intervention.

I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your child’s or your specific needs and concerns. You’ve already made it this far! Take the next step and call. I would welcome the chance to speak with you about your situation and concern.

About Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy

“Simply put, play therapy is a relationship in which a trained therapist creates a safe space for clients to explore and express themselves through telling stories, having adventures, dancing, hearing stories, making up songs, messing around in the sand, doing art and playing.” (Kottman & Meany-Walen 2018) Using play, the child or teen’s natural language, the therapist can help the client explore their worries and concerns. Many children and teens don’t know how to tell us what is bothering them in the same way we as adults do. They are more likely to show us what’s going on through their interactions and play. The job of a play therapist is to listen, watch, and interact to try and get a better understanding of how the child is thinking and feeling.

Play therapy can be used to help children develop emotional regulation skills, process trauma, improve sibling and family relationships, handle strong emotions such as anxiety or depression, and improve self-esteem. It’s a research and evidence based form of therapy. Play therapy is beneficial for clients of all ages, not just children. Play therapy techniques can either be directive or non-directive. In directive play therapy , the therapist guides and directs the activity. With non-directive play therapy, the therapist allows the child to guide the direction of the activity. Both approaches have value and benefits. Many play therapists use a combination of both.

How Can It Help My Child?

Research shows that Play Therapy can be effective with children experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. Play Therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

Services

I provide counseling for children, teens, families, and parents/guardians. I use a combination of non-directive and directive techniques. I may use toys, sand tray work, role playing, games, imaginary play, bibliotherapy, therapeutic games, or arts and crafts. I believe in meeting the child where he/she is at when determining which modality of treatment will best be suited for them. The therapist and parent/guardian work closely together as a collaborative team to help support the needs of the child.

I provide parent counseling/support too. Just as our children are faced with so many stressors today, we as parents are as well. As a parent, you may be feeling overwhelmed by your son or daughter’s behavior. Do you struggle with disciplining your child? Or do you simply feel as if you have run out of strategies to manage your children? If you can relate to any of those and are feeling helpless, than I might be able to help. I work with parents who are facing these issues, feeling frustrated, and not sure what to do.

Insurance & Fees

● Do you take insurance?

➔ I don’t take at insurance at this time. My fee is $100 per session. Most sessions are 50 minutes.

● How to find out if you can submit for out of network reimbursement through your insurance?

➔ You can contact the number on the back of your insurance card to inquire if they cover therapy. There is specific information that you’ll want to get from your insurance company which I’m happy to help you with.

➔ For a more in-depth explanation please read therapist, Katy Sebestik’s website about how to access your out of network benefits.

http://www.playfulgrowthcounseling.com/fees-insurance.html

● Why don’t you accept insurance?

➔ Insurance companies operate on a medical model, which means they require a diagnosis to establish that you have “a medical necessity” to seek services in order to pay providers.

➔ They might not feel that sibling rivalry, parenting support, or low self-esteem are medically necessities for counseling. Therefore, I have to diagnose you or your child with something in order for your insurance company to pay for therapy.

➔ That medical diagnosis becomes part of your medical record. Your insurance company also has the right to review and audit your treatment plan, which means they can read therapy notes that I take regarding our sessions.

➔ The people that audit treatment plans and records are looking for ways to save the insurance companies money. They scrutinize records to determine if you are overusing services or trying to defraud the insurance company. If you aren’t making progress as fast as they think you should, they could refuse authorizing further sessions. Certain diagnoses are only allotted a specific number of counseling sessions and then the therapist has to request additional sessions if needed.

● Benefit to Client(s) of Not Using Insurance:

➔ You aren’t required to carry an unnecessary diagnostic label on your medical record.

➔ Confidentiality & Privacy- you and your therapist are the only ones who know you are in therapy. You get to decide who you disclose that information to.

➔ Self-determination- you get to work with a therapist who is free to use the best approach she feels will meet your specific needs and therapy goals. You and your therapist decide on the length of therapy. You don’t have to get authorization for additional sessions if new issues arise in therapy

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