FAQ 2017-09-19T17:13:59+00:00
How do I know if my child or I need counseling? 2017-09-19T17:19:33+00:00

If you or your child are having difficulty with daily tasks it may be time to make an appointment for counseling. Daily tasks and activities include school, work, social or home life.

How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me? 2017-09-19T17:23:49+00:00

Finding the right “fit” with a therapist is very important. Many studies show that it’s one of the most important factors in a client’s success. In order to be a good fit we don’t have to be the same age, gender or sexual orientation. Most importantly, for me to be able to understand your unique experiences, I listen closely, appreciate, and value your feelings and struggles. Many of my client’s feel that I’m an excellent fit for their goals and personality style however there have been some who have not. In such cases, I will help you find a therapist who better fits your therapeutic needs.

In an attempt to make sure you are with the best therapist for your needs, I offer a free phone consult prior to our initial session.

 

What can I expect at the first appointment? 2017-11-14T17:10:49+00:00

The first appointment is designed to gather information, address any questions you may have and discuss goals for our time together.  You will be asked to complete paperwork in advance, using the forms provided. The first session will also give you the opportunity to get a sense of your level of comfort with me before we get more involved in the therapy process. At the end of the session, I will summarize my understanding of your presenting concerns, and will suggest how we may be able to work towards your goals.

Parents typically attend, either individually or with their children, for the first part of the appointment then I meet with the child individually for the remainder of the appointment.

How many counseling sessions are needed? 2017-08-08T18:15:49+00:00

Typically sessions are provided on a weekly basis. Although each client’s needs are individualized, the average client attends treatment for 10-12 sessions. Some clients require further sessions and others require less. Sessions last for 50 minutes.

How should I introduce counseling to my child? 2017-11-14T17:21:53+00:00

For Young Children: Prior to the first appointment, explain to your child in an age appropriate manner that you are going to meet with Dr. Angela who talks to children to help them problem solve and make them feel better. Also, mention that they will have their own time with Dr. Angela to talk and play without mom/dad present.

It may also be helpful to clarify the difference between Dr. Angela and their regular pediatrician to ensure there is no fear about shots or unpleasant procedures.

For Older Children/Teens: Prior to the first appointment, explain that meeting with Dr. Angela is nothing that can be forced. It’s an opportunity for them to have someone outside of their family and friends to confide in and process difficulties. Therapy is a judgement free and safe space. Many children and teens are initially nervous or uneasy but find it helpful to talk in therapy and end up looking forward to sessions. People do not have to have a diagnosis or be “crazy” to come to therapy. Nobody has to share the fact that they are attending therapy unless they choose to.

Walk & Talk Therapy 2017-06-20T13:07:07+00:00

Walk and Talk therapy is conducted in the same manner as in office sessions, except instead of sitting on a couch we are walking in nature. Walks typically occur on the Venetian Waterway Park (Legacy Trail) which is located directly behind the office. Clients can make the “weather call” and set the pace for the walk. For additional information see Services.

What is confidentiality and do children have confidentiality? 2017-11-14T17:24:14+00:00

Confidentiality is the privileged communication between a client and their therapist. Keeping your personal information private is a priority. The exceptions to confidentiality include: if there is suspected child or elder abuse, threat to harm yourself or others, and/or if records are subpoenaed by a judge.

Confidentiality when working with children is different. As legal guardians parents technically have the right to know what occurs in therapy. However, in order to build trust within the therapeutic relationship, a certain level of privacy is requested between the therapist and child. Overall topics and progress are discussed with parents however specific details of conversations are not. Rest assured that if any significant risks of harm to themselves or others comes about then parents are made aware of any concerns in order to ensure safety.

Who attends sessions? 2017-08-08T18:13:27+00:00

Parents generally accompany younger children to each session. If the child is of driving age it may be appropriate for them to attend sessions by themselves after the initial appointment. For individual therapy cases, the child often spends the bulk of time individually with the therapist. The therapist will check in with the parent either individually or with the child present for a portion of the session. For family therapy or family issues, multiple family members are often seen together.

Please note: Parents are expected to remain onsite for the duration of their child’s appointment.

Does Fundamental Psychology accept my insurance? 2017-05-04T13:14:56+00:00

Fundamental Psychology is considered an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. We collect the full rate at time of service. Then will provide you with an invoice to submit an out-of-network claim to your insurance provider. Depending on your benefits plan and once your out-of-network deductible has been met, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Your insurance company then sends the reimbursed amount directly to you.

For additional information about filing for reimbursement from your insurance provider please see the information under the FAQ [How does out-of-network billing work?]

How does out-of-network billing work? 2017-11-14T17:08:01+00:00

I encourage you to contact your insurance company to inquire about your specific out-of-network coverage. Below is a step by step guide to ensure you’re obtaining the necessary information from your insurance provider.

1. Indicate that you would like to see an out of network psychologist and inquire if you have out of network benefits.

If they say no, then you do not have out of network benefits.  That would mean that seeing me would involve you paying for my services and your insurer would provide no reimbursement.

If they say yes, you do have out of network benefits, you will want to find out the details of those benefits, and if there is any out of network deductible.  Many insurance plans will pay some percentage of a bill for out of network coverage.

2. If your insurer says the out of network benefit is specific to the type of treatment you receive, then you would want to know how you would be reimbursed for the following billing codes:

90791 (Initial Intake)

90837 (Follow-up appointments)

90846 (Family therapy without client present)

90847 (Family therapy with client present)

90785 (This code may be used for patients under 18)

3. If they give you your out of network benefit or specific reimbursement amounts for the above codes, you should be able to determine what amount you’d get back from them.

4. Request the insurance companies address for you to send your “superbill”. That’s the invoice form I provide for you.

 

What are the fees for services? 2017-05-04T13:20:11+00:00

Fundamental Psychology’s rate for individual sessions is $125.00 per 50 minutes.

For additional information about filing for reimbursement from your insurance provider please see the information under the FAQ [How does out-of-network billing work?]

 

What is your cancellation policy? 2017-11-14T17:26:46+00:00

If it is necessary for you to cancel an appointment, a notice of 24 business hours is required prior to the scheduled appointment day and time or the usual fee for services will be charged (e.g. a 2pm Monday appointment must be cancelled before 2pm on the preceding Friday).

Insurance does not reimburse for missed appointments therefore it is the client’s financial responsibility for the $125 session fee. Remember, when you schedule an appointment with a therapist, you are securing not only his or her services but also that person’s time.

Crisis Information 2017-08-08T20:33:42+00:00

Fundamental Psychology offers outpatient psychotherapy and education services. This practice is not geared to aid in the case of emergency. While you are able to leave a voicemail after-hours, this does not guarantee the availability of emergency psychotherapy coverage. Should you require emergency services after hours, please call 911.

ADDITIONAL CRISIS INFORMATION- Available 24-Hours

2-1-1 Directory of Social Services for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties. This extensive directory has information about local services such as: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Child Care & Youth Services, Abuse Treatment, Medical & Dental Services, Clinics, and Hospitals.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

SPARCC’s (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center) Helpline: (941) 365-1976

Suncoast Behavioral Health (941) 251-5000

Bayside Center for Behavioral Health (941) 917-7760

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (941) 364-9355

 

Can you help with my legal issues or custody evaluation? 2017-08-08T18:10:12+00:00

Dr. Angela Steranko is not a forensic psychologist nor a child custody evaluator. Therefore, she does not typically provide evaluations, reports, or letters for legal matters.

If you become involved in legal proceedings that require Dr. Steranko’s participation, you will be expected to pay for all professional time, including preparation and transportation time/costs, even if Dr. Steranko is called to testify by another party. Please make the office aware of any legal matters as early as possible. Professional fees for any legal work is $400 per hour billed in one hour increments.

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