1. What should I expect from the session?
While each session varies depending on the issues and the parent, you can generally expect to identify a parenting topic/concern that is important for you to address, receive education in that area and come away with actionable steps to take. Following the session, you will be able to reach out to Dr. Courtney via chat or text over the next week to ensure that you are implementing these action items correctly.
2. What are coaching & consultation and how are they different from therapy?
While Dr. Courtney is trained as a clinical and school psychologist, this work does not focus on identifying a clinically diagnosable concern or special need and addressing that. She also does not focus on a diagnosis. Dr. Courtney does work with clients who have special needs and diagnoses, but the focus of coaching is to provide brief, solution-focused, evidence-based information tailored to your needs, not ongoing therapy. Coaching can be used collaboratively and in conjunction with your therapeutic or school-based team if you have a child with clinically significant needs related to his/her diagnosis. For example, we love working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders to teach them evidenced-based social skills using the UCLA PEERS model or an adapted individualized model of that, but our work doesn't replace school-based services or other intervention and applied behavior support.
Dr. Courtney will review psychoeducational evaluations and assessments with you and provide consultation on navigating the school systems, but she will not provide a diagnosis or eligibility for special education. She is happy to provide referrals to excellent therapists and psychologists in the area upon request or if a concern meets a level of needing clinical support.
3. Do you accept insurance
We do not accept insurance at this time. This provides a number of benefits to our clients. However, we do realize this can be a financial burden for some and will consider reduced fees or scholarships.
3. Can I really book a session via video chat or phone and not have to leave my house?
YES! Video coaching allows you to be in the comfort of your own home or any location you want that has a secure, high speed internet connection or a clear phone connection. While I prefer the first session be face-to-face via video or in-person, follow up sessions can be conducted by phone or video. Please email to schedule a video session and we will walk you through the process.
4. Cancellation Policy
Please cancel 24-hours in advance of your session or you will be charged for your session.
5. What can I talk about?
Anything related to raising your child(ren), including work-life balance & co-parenting; some suggestions are below -
Prenatal/New Parent Prep - identifying milestones, self-care, parenting values
Supporting Developmental Milestones
Sleep, Potty Training, Developing Routines, Communication
Educational Support/Academic Readiness
Screen Time - education, setting limits and easing transitions
Grief and Loss - how to communicate about loss in a developmentally appropriate way
Social Skills - how to make and keep friends
Resilience - building perseverance, letting our children fail for their own good
Co-parenting with different styles
Creating support systems with other parents - how to identify other parents with similar values