Tell me how to choose a child/family therapist.
November 17, 2009 8:05 AM Subscribe
Should I go for the in-plan, cheap co-pay therapist or pony up more cash for the therapist who seems a better fit for my family? Would it be bad to switch therapists shortly into the process?
posted by anonymous to society & culture (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My family needs some help from a therapist. Specifically, my daughter needs some help. She's young (in elementary school), and she was adopted into our family a few years ago. It was a huge trauma for her, and we're all still dealing with the after effects, including huge and frequent tantrums and bedwetting that would be more typical in a child much younger than she is (among other issues). She's still grieving and she's really suffering.
My understanding is that children who were adopted do best when dealing with therapists who understand adoption and how that can hurt a child years after the actual adoption, and so I would like a therapist who has worked with similar issues and similar kids.
I have a pretty good health plan for mental health issues. However, in my area, there are only one or two therapists who are in network, with a reasonable co-pay (around $15), who work with kids and who seem to have knowledge about adoption. I haven't spoken with any of them yet.
There's another practice in my area which specializes in dealing with adoption and dealing with kids who are in foster care or who were adopted. They work with everyone in the adoption triad (ie adoptive parents, kids, birth/first parents). They are out-of-network. My insurance company would cover some of the fees, but we might be looking at $60+ per session.
My inclination is to go right to the therapists who specialize in adoption. But should we give an in-network therapist a try first? Being able to have a low copay would probably mean we could afford much more therapy for much longer.
Will it mess up my daughter if we start with one therapist and switch?
I'd welcome any advice you have on choosing a therapist, especially one who works with kids. Thanks.