PeaceTree Kids FAQs

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PeaceTree Kids FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions, if your question is not answered below feel free to

contact us at 610-265-3400 or and we can answer your question.


Q: How do I schedule my therapy appointment for my child or teen?
You can call us at 610-265-3400, email us at or complete the new patient appointment request form.
Q: As a parent, will I be involved in my child’s therapy?
It is always recommended that parents be involved in their child’s treatment. The level of involvement will depend on the child’s age, developmental functioning, and reason for referral. For children 0-5 years old, parents may be asked to attend sessions with their child to provide hands-on, in-the-moment interventions. Children who exhibit more externalizing behaviors (e.g., noncompliance, tantrums, aggression, etc.) may benefit from increased parent involvement so that parents can learn skills to reduce these behaviors. For children who are older than 5 years old and who do not have externalizing behaviors, parent involvement may include brief check-ins between sessions, or collateral calls on an as-needed basis.
Q: How do I explain therapy to my child or teenager?

The words you use to describe therapy to your child will depend on your child’s age and developmental state. For younger children, therapy can be described as going to a “feelings doctor” where they can share about their feelings or learn ways to solve different problems. For older children or teenagers, you can share that a therapy is their own private space to explore and better understand their feelings and experiences. If there is a specific reason your child is coming to therapy, it may be appropriate to disclose that to your child. The more that therapy is discussed in an open manner, the less likely it is that your child will feel shame or associate negative stigmas. Your PeaceTree Kids therapist will help guide your explanation of therapy to your child based on their age, needs, and reason for coming to therapy.

Q: Will you be sharing what my child or teenager discloses in their therapy sessions?

In order to maintain the trust and safety that is required for effective therapy, the content of
your child’s sessions remain confidential unless your child expresses issues that may affect
their safety. Rather than sharing the specific content of therapy sessions, we will provide
parents with general information about what your child is working towards in therapy, and
what can be done to further support your child in your home setting.

Q: How long does therapy last?

There is no concrete answer to this question as the duration of therapy is different for each
individual. At the beginning of treatment, your PeaceTree Kids therapist will collaborate
with you and your child in creating treatment goals, and therapy will end when we believe
these treatment goals have been achieved.

Q: What is your private pay fee for sessions?

A. $200 Psychologist session
B. $175 Master’s Level Therapist session
C. $110 Post-Doctoral therapist session

Q: Can I use my health insurance?

We currently work in-network with most BCBS PPO plans including (highmark, capital, federal),
united health care and Aetna plans. We work with ALL other insurance companies as an
out-of-network provider. Working as an out-of-network provider is a simple process and we will
assist you with it throughout treatment. First, your insurance company needs to be contacted to
inquire about your mental health “out-of-network benefits.” Generally, insurance companies can
reimburse anywhere from 50% to 80% percent depending on your plan and deductible. You would
then pay our fee at the time of our session and our billing department can then submit the
claim/what you paid directly to your insurance company. Your insurance company will then send
you a check for your reimbursement based on your specific insurance policy’s benefits.

Q: Do you have flexible hours?

Yes, we offer appointments Monday through Saturday from early morning (8am) until late
evening (9pm/10pm) appointments.

Q: What is the No Surprises Act/ Good Faith Estimate?
Under this law, health care providers and facilities are to give patients an estimate of the expected charges for non-emergency medical services not covered or being paid by insurance. Therefore, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining the total expected cost for your medical and mental health care, including psychotherapy services, during a 12-month period.  This law currently applies to patients that are private pay.  For any patients that are using insurance or submitting to insurance, the out of pocket costs are determined by your insurance plan.   You can ask your healthcare provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you are private pay and you receive a bill that significantly exceeds your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

Psychological Assessments:

Q: How do I schedule an appointment for a psychological assessment?

Call us at 610-265-3400 or email us at and one of our
psychologists who specializes in psychological assessments will call you back.

Q: How should I prepare my child for an assessment?

It is important to talk to children about what will happen before any procedure.
Children feel less anxious when they know what to expect. Be sure your child knows
that there will be no physical exam, so no needles or medicine. For younger children,
you may wish to emphasize the play aspect, focusing on the puzzles and games. For
older children, it is often helpful to describe both games and school-type work, but
there are no marks or grades given.

Q: What should I bring on the day of the assessment?

If your child wears glasses or a hearing aid, please make sure to bring these to the
assessment. If possible, bring copies of recent report cards and any reports of
previous assessments of any kind (e.g. psychological, psychiatric, speech and
language, OT). If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan), please bring a
copy of this as well.

Q: What can I expect after the assessment is completed?

The psychologist will meet with you for feedback to discuss your child’s results. A
written report will be completed, outlining the results of the assessment and the
recommendations for intervention. You will receive a copy of this report. A copy is
also placed on your child’s record at PeaceTree. A private psychological assessment
is completely private and confidential. If you require a copy to be sent from our
office to another professional involved with your child such as other physicians,
therapists, or your child’s school, you will be required to sign written consent to our
office to release your records. Sharing of reports and results is always your decision.
Children over the age of 14 will be made aware of their rights to privacy as identified
by Health Information and Privacy Act.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Q: What is PCIT?

PCIT is an evidenced-based treatment program that was originally developed for young children between the ages of 2 and 7-years-old and has been adapted for children up 12-years-old. Your PCIT therapist will teach the caregiver’s behavior management techniques as well as discipline procedures to support both the caregiver(s) and the child. PCIT is appropriate for

children who have challenges with the following:

  • Emotion regulation/expression (i.e. temper tantrums)
  • Listening to adults or authority figures
  • Sharing and taking turns with others
  • Connecting with peers and/or playing with other children
  • Managing/regulating attention
  • Self-esteem
  • Attention seeking behavior (i.e. whining, bossiness, aggressive/destructive behaviors)
  • Restlessness and impulsivity
Q: What should I expect?

PCIT is short-term and delivered either at our PTCC Kids office or via Telehealth. We have

found that Telehealth services are equally as effective as in-person and will provide families with

the approach that best fits their needs and preferences. PCIT sessions generally occur for 10-

20 weekly one-hour (at times 1.5 hour) sessions however, treatment progress is largely

dependent upon the frequency that the caregiver(s) is practicing the skills outside of session.

PCIT consists of two phases:

Phase One Child Directed Interaction (CDI) – Caregiver(s) learn play therapy techniques as well

as the use of selective attention that they will implement with the child. During this phase the

child will develop prosocial skills, focus on tasks for extended periods of time, improve self-

esteem, and enhance caregiver-child relationship.

Phase Two Parent Directed Interaction (PDI) – Caregiver(s) learn behavioral management and

discipline techniques. During this phase the child will learn to follow directions, accept limits, and

behave appropriately across contexts.


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