Frequently asked questions about therapy:
Who benefits from our services?
Our services are targeted towards children, tween, teens, and young adults with various emotional, behavioral, learning and developmental issues. When a client is experiencing difficulties and those difficulties are impacting their home, school, professional, or personal life, help from a professional may be the answer. Additionally, if a client has sought help elsewhere but has not found the specialized help they need, San Diego Therapy Group has highly trained clinicians that can help.
What are evidence-based practices?
When searching for a mental health provider it is important that people ask specific information about the type of treatment that the provider offers. There are many philosophies on how to reduce psychological symptoms. Some philosphies are based on scientific evidence that indicate the best treatment to reduce symptoms.
Evidence-based practices (EBPs) are treatments that are based directly on scientific evidence. Most EBPs have been studied in several large-scale clinical trials, involving thousands of patients and careful comparison of the effects of EBPs versus other types of psychological treatments.
The most commonly used evidence-based practice approaches for the treatment of psychological symptoms involve cognitive and behavior therapies.
My child refuses to come in for therapy, what should I do?
At San Diego Therapy Group, we do our best to be flexible. If you are unable to convince your child to come in for the first session that's okay. We will use that first session to discuss the issues and problem-solve how to include your child in future sessions. A treatment plan can still be developed even if your child is not physically present.
My child has other service providers. Do you coordinate care?
Yes! We strongly believe in consistency across all environments. We will obtain a release of information from you to allow us to communicate with all those involved in the success of your child.
If doing group therapy, how do you group people? When do groups meet?
We group clients based on developmental skill level, cognitive skill level, and age. We take careful consideration when placing clients in groups to ensure the success of the group process. Because of this, prior to being placed in a group, we sometimes require an individual session. This allows us to assess your individual needs and ensure we find an appropriate placement for you.
We do our best to schedule groups based on clients' schedules. Groups meet once a week for about one hour on a 8 -12 week cycle throughout the year.
How long does therapy take?
We are here for you and/or your family for however long it takes you to see positive changes.
Do you accept insurance?
If you choose to use insurance, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We accept Blue Shield, Cigna, and MHN (typically administers the mental health benefits for Healthnet and most recently Tricare). We request you contact your insurance to find out what services are covered and obtain information regarding your deductible and co-pay/co-insurance as well as whether or not you require prior authorization before starting treatment.
Questions to ask your insurance provider:
Do I have mental health benefits?
Do I have a co-pay? If so, how much is it?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
Do I have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits? If so, what is the percentage that is covered for out-of-network providers? What is my co-insurance?
Do I need to obtain prior authorization before starting treatment? If so, how do I do this?