Frequently Asked Questions
We have attempted to answer some common questions, but if you have others we would love to hear from you.
What are the benefits and risks of therapy?
While therapists may employ different styles and techniques, the goal remains the same. Therapy is about change. All sessions involve ongoing verbal interaction. The degree of parental involvement in the session varies from situation to situation. Through interaction with the child and/or family, new ways to manage life stressors will be addressed.
Therapists do not make decisions for clients. Instead, they provide the assistance necessary to allow the individuals to become more confident in their abilities, and to make healthy decisions for themselves or their children.
While therapy has been proven quite beneficial in most instances, it does involve some risk. Exploring emotions can be painful. Learning that habitual ways of dealing with situations is not effective can be disheartening and discouraging. However, continuing to explore and address these issues typically brings about resolution and a significant sense of achievement.
What are the responsibilities of the therapist and the client?
The therapist’s primary responsibilities are to assess your concerns and in consultation with you, to plan and execute an appropriate course of treatment in the most effective and efficient manner and in the least restrictive setting. It is also the therapist’s responsibility to address concerns regarding treatment or billing.
As the client, your responsibility is to be open to change. You will need to be active, open and honest during your sessions. Additional effort outside the therapy session is necessary for positive results. You will need to complete any assignments given by your therapist. This work may involve a review of session materials, development of self-awareness by completing certain tasks such as logs or journals, or other specific assignments. It will be important to be forthright in sharing concerns about therapy.
It is also your responsibility to be on time to sessions, to fulfill you financial commitments, and to notify the office in advance of any cancellations.
Do you do custody evaluations?
Although the therapists at TCCP work with family problems please make note that we do not testify in court regarding custody or divorce actions. Custody evaluations and expert testimony require a very specific procedure and relationship with the client and is very different from a therapeutic relationship. It is, in fact, unethical for us to move from a therapist’s role to one of advising the court regarding the fitness of a parent or the child’s needs concerning who would be the “best” parent. Should the need arise for this type of evaluation and testimony, we will be happy to refer you to independent psychologists we have found to be expert in this area of psychology.
Because of the great risk of malpractice suits, and because we do not want to participate in these cases, a minimum fee of $5000 per half day or less out of the office will be assessed should we be legally required to testify in any court proceeding. We do ask that you respect this professional boundary.
What insurance do you accept?
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield for Therapy only (no HMO's). BCBS testing clients would be considered as Self Pay and would need to pay for testing out of pocket at the time services are rendered. We can recommend psychologists in the area that do Psychological Assessments and are BCBS providers, if Self Pay is not an option for the parent.
Any person that has private insurance only, may still receive all services at Tulsa Center for Child Psychology. Payment would be required at the time of services and the parent could file their own claims with their insurance company. Parents should check with their insurances to make sure this is an option with their plan.
We accept SoonerCare / Medicaid payments for all covered services which includes all Assessments and Therapy. The SoonerCare must remain valid from the time we do the Intake appointment through the time we do the final Feedback Results appointment for all services to be covered. Any lapse in Medicaid coverage during Therapy or Assessments process will result in parental responsibility for payment of services. If you have dual Private Insurance and Medicaid, you must use a provider that accepts the private insurance first, It is considered your Primary Insurance and Medicaid is a payer of last resort.
How do I prepare my child for coming to therapy?
Start talking about the appointment a week ahead of time (or earlier if your child is usually nervous about new things). Explain calmly that they will be visiting a special doctor, not the kind that gives shots or listens to their heart, but who will ask questions and maybe have them draw a picture or work a puzzle. Tell them this doctor (or therapist) will help them work through a struggle, or figure out how to help them feel better when they are upset/sad/angry.
What types of assessments do you offer?
Evaluations conducted at Tulsa Center for Child Psychology include:
Neuropsychological Evaluations are administered to answer questions regarding problems with memory, executive functions, visual motor integration, etc. and to diagnose ADHD and similar disorders..
Developmental Evaluations help to identify delays in development as well as strengths; diagnose developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders; make recommendations for intervention; and determine eligibility for additional services.
Psychological Evaluations are used to identify specific emotional and behavioral problems which may be interfering with a child's social, academic or family functioning, and includes issues such as depression, anxiety, problems with anger management or conflicts with authority figures
Do you prescribe medication in your office?
If you would like to discuss the role a medication may play in the well-being of your child, your child will be scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation with our Physician Assistant. This will include an overview of your child’s symptoms, preliminary diagnosis, and a determination of whether or not medication might be a good option in treatment of your child’s mental health. Based off the treatment plan, your child will then be scheduled for follow up with Sarah Aafedt, PA-C, and as needed, Dr. Don Hamilton.
How can I learn more about the NOPIP pre-doctoral internships?
TCCP is an APA accredited internship site, and is part of the Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program consortium. This group is made up of five placement sites, whose members meet weekly for didactic training and supervision. In addition to the information found on the About Us page, you may visit the NOPIP website at http://www.nopip.org/ , or view their handbook https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b51fa2f9772ae28438c129d/t/5be53c8c1ae6cf20ddd23164/1541749901513/2018-19+HANDBOOK.pdf