Rich & Associates

Erika Rich, Ph.D., Owner and Director

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are your fees?

Because fees vary by associate and by the type of therapy offered, it is best to please contact Dr. Rich for the current fee schedule.

2. Do you take insurance?

We will provide you with a "superbill" to submit to your PPO insurance for reimbursement at out-of-network provider rates.

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check payable to Rich & Associates, and credit cards. Payment is due at the time the service is rendered unless you wish to have your credit card routinely charged every month. We also require that each client have a credit card authorization on file with us in the event of an outstanding balance.

4. Are you vendored with the Regional Center?

Yes, Dr. Rich is a Regional Center vendor. If your child is a Regional Center client, then the Regional Center will provide reimbursement for some services. It is important to note that not all Regional Center clients are appropriate for my services. Please contact Dr. Rich for more information.

5. When is your next social skills or parenting group starting?

Parenting groups are formed periodically as demand dictates. The social skills groups are ongoing groups that meet in 12-session cycles throughout the year. Group placement is based on the developmental level, age, and social skill level of the children. LTC and COMPASS group cycles typically begin in October, January, April, and July and meet in the late afternoons. Occasionally, a mid-cycle opening is available. Please contact Dr. Rich for openings in the Key Skill Groups for 9-12 year olds, which are ongoing throughout the year.

6. How is your approach unique?

We follow a family-centered model in all of our services. Even in the social skills groups and individual sessions, parents are involved in or are a part of the intervention. Our philosophy is that change is maximized with parent participation. It is important for parents to know how to encourage skill-building outside of the child's time with us.

7. What kinds of children are a good match for your services?

Our group services are best for the child who is having problems in one or two areas, but is otherwise doing well. The children in the groups are usually bright, well-meaning children who just need some pointers on how to be welcomed and accepted by others. These children might have a diagnosis of some kind, but are all children who are in a mainstream classroom. Children who are having great difficulty in more than one area are a good match for individual sessions. We also work with particular issues, such as dealing with divorce, improving homework behavior, and breaking habits (e.g., thumb-sucking, nail-biting).

8. Is it a good idea to put my child in a group with other behaviorally-challenged children?

We get this question a lot. Because the groups are structured with clear expectations right from the start, few problems arise. Any negative behavior that is displayed is handled in a consistent and positive manner. Every action in the group is a teachable moment - not just for the children involved but for the onlookers, as well. It is important for children to know where the limits are. For children that tend to get taken advantage of, the group is helpful in pointing out how they should expect to be treated - what is okay and what is not okay. When a child has a tantrum or meltdown, it is also instructive for other children that sometimes behave this way. As in, "Wow, look how upset he is over this. Isn't it hard to play with him right now?" These moments encourage perspective taking. We want you to know that we value your opinion every step of the way. If you are ever concerned about whether this is the right place for your child, please speak with Dr. Rich about your concerns.

9. When will I see improvement?

Without ever meeting you or your child, this is a hard question to answer. In our experience, most children demonstrate noticeable improvement during the first 8-10 weeks. Some children improve faster, and a small group of children need more time. The average amount of time a child stays with us is 9 months. It is rare that children stay with us for longer than a year. And, when they do, it is usually because something else has come up - like a pet died, or the child changed schools, etc.

10. Do you have groups for children over the age of 12?

Not typically (sometimes a group that forms when the children are 12 will continue into their 13th year), but please contact Dr. Rich to discuss your adolescent's needs, as one of our other services may be appropriate. It can be difficult to find a group of teens with similar issues and needs. Therefore, we find that individual therapy that is specifically tailored to your teen's social and emotional difficulties is the most effective approach.

11. Do you see adults?

We definitely work with adults struggling with their own social and emotional difficulties and with parenting issues. For other issues, please contact Dr. Rich to discuss your situation and whether our approach may be appropriate.

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