“I never realized how much my ADHD and executive function weaknesses were affecting my work life, family relationships and friendships. I now understand myself so much better and know when to ask for help. Thank you!”

Contact Information

Meredith Cohen, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director of Assessment

 

Judith Stein, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

4 Militia Drive, Suite 20
Lexington MA, 02421
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Ph. 781-861-3711
Fax. 781-861-3701
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Counselling Services FAQ

What kind of psychotherapy is offered?

Our experienced counseling staff use a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, focusing, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  We specialize in working with children and adults with learning, attention, and executive function difficulties, anxiety disorders, depression, and stress-related problems.  We also offer couples and family therapy as needed.

What should I tell my child about psychotherapy?

Children are often aware of their problems and are usually relieved when help is offered.  It is important to identify a problem that your child has talked about and acknowledged. You can tell your child that you know someone who can help her ( or him) learn better strategies to handle her fears, frustrations, or sadness.  If you child is having difficulties with peer relationships, you could tell her (or him) that she can learn some better ways to make and keep new friendships.

How long will my child be in therapy?

The length of therapy differs for each individual and is dependent on many factors including the type and severity of the problem, the interest and motivation of the child, and the commitment of the parents.  Generally, we recommend that a child participate in at least 6-8 sessions to see if a positive relationship can be developed and if the child is receptive to help.  After an initial relationship is formed, most children are in treatment for at least six months and often for longer periods of time.

How do I know if my child is making progress?

When your child begins treatment, the therapist will discuss the treatment goals with you and your child.  If your child is making progress, you should notice a decrease in the frequency and intensity of the behaviors or symptoms that you were concerned about when your child began treatment.  Your child’s progress will be reviewed with you during regularly scheduled meetings.

How do I communicate with my child’s therapist?

Parents should play an active role in the treatment process. In most cases, your child’s therapist will schedule regular appointments with you to discuss your concerns and your child’s progress.  In addition, you can establish a means of communicating regularly or when urgent matters arise.  Therapists may be available by phone, FAX, and /or e-mail.  If your child is an adolescent, the therapist may need to protect his/her privacy to a greater extent to insure the development of a therapeutic relationship.  In this case, communication may be limited to phone calls or emails.

Can I use my health insurance to pay for services?

All health insurance plans pay for a certain number of mental health visits on an annual basis but they may only pay for services provided by an in-network provider.  At the present time, our therapists are providers for Aetna, Beacon Health Strategies, Fallon, Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO and PPO, Harvard Pilgrim, HMO Blue, Tufts Health Plan, and United Behavioral Health.  Many other plans offer out-of-network benefits and will provide reimbursement for our services.  Please check with your insurance company to find out if our services would be covered under your plan and what your deductible  and co-pays would be.

How do I arrange psychotherapy for my child or me?

Please call our office for an initial consultation. We will arrange for an appointment to understand your concerns and gather important background information.  If you decide to pursue treatment for your child, an appointment will be offered soon after the initial consultation.

 Do you prescribe medication?

We do not have a physician on staff at the current time.  However, if we feel that medication might be helpful for your child, we will refer you to an appropriate physician in the community of your choice.