Lynnwood Child and Family Therapy, PLLC
Individualized Therapy Services for Children, Teens, and Adults
These are incredibly difficult times. For many, the Covid-19 pandemic is one of many stressors. As stress accumulates, it can exceed an individual's capacity to cope, resulting in distressing feelings, unwanted behaviors, and emotional outbursts. You don't have to suffer in silence. Reaching out can be incredibly difficult, and at the same time, it is the first step towards improving your mental and emotional wellbeing.
For parents and caregivers, it can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming to see your child struggling, and it is not uncommon to feel as though you are at a loss. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and I am here to support you and your child during this difficult time.
Email me at Tiffany@lynnwoodchildandfamilytherapy.com to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation.
Office Safety Precautions in Effect During the Covid-19 Pandemic
My office is taking the following precautions to protect clients and families, and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus:
· Only clients are allowed to enter into my office and the building where my office is located.
· If the client is younger than 13, only one parent/guardian may bring the child to their appointment. No siblings or other family members will be allowed to enter my office and the building where my office is located.
· I will be wearing a mask and require that all clients and parents who come to my office wear a mask/face covering upon entering the building.
· Office seating has been arranged for appropriate physical distancing.
· I will maintain safe distancing and require you/your child to maintain safe distancing as well.
· The play therapy room is equipped with a sink and soap for handwashing before and after sessions, and as needed during sessions.
· My main office (Suite 308) is equipped with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol for use before and after sessions, and as needed during sessions.
· I schedule appointments at specific intervals to allow time to clean and disinfect surfaces, toys, miniature figurines, and other objects that are used/touched after each therapy session.
· Clients who participate in sandtray therapy will be required to wear gloves.
· I ask that parents waiting in my office do not touch or use any objects in my office.
· If you (the parent) do touch or use something in my office, I ask that you (the parent) inform me at the end of your child’s appointment, so that I can clean/disinfect the object(s).
· There will be no tea/coffee service available at this time. Feel free to bring your own beverages to appointments, if you wish to do so.
· I ask that all clients/parents wait in their cars or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment time.
· Physical contact is not permitted.
· Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.
· My office and the play therapy room are thoroughly disinfected at the end of each day.
In order to keep all clients and families safe and healthy, video appointments will continue until further notice for the following clients/families:
- Those who are considered high risk (e.g., client/family member living at home has underlying medical issues).
- Those who have a higher risk of being exposed to Covid-19 (e.g., client/family member works in a healthcare setting where there is potential to come into contact with individuals who have Covid-19).
- Those who are not abiding by current restrictions (please refer to Covid-19 resources below for current restrictions).
Please refer to the CDC’s dedicated 2019-ncov website for additional information, and maintain awareness by checking the official communications from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
For more information about Covid-19 in Washington State, Governor Inslee’s 4 phase plan, and Covid-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers, please refer to the following links:
I am a trauma informed therapist who is trained in various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy. I am passionate about providing therapeutic support to children, teens, and adults. As a person centered therapist, I will tailor therapy to your unique needs and circumstances, and will use therapeutic approaches based on what is the most helpful and effective.
License Number: LF60920891
My Approach to Therapy
My overall approach to therapy is person centered, as I view individuals and families as being the experts on their lives, and work collaboratively with clients to develop goals for therapy. As a person centered therapist, I will tailor therapy sessions to your/your child's unique needs and circumstances. Approaches that I typically integrate into therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy, child centered play therapy, sandtray therapy, child parent relationship therapy, and trauma focused therapy. I am also committed to ongoing consultation, training, and education in order to provide culturally sensitive and quality care.
Services I Offer
Child centered play therapy is the foundation of my work with children, as play is the language of children and toys are the words they use to communicate, problem solve, and learn new skills. Child centered play therapy is a safe and gentle approach for children to process trauma, unresolved issues, school and social related challenges, and feelings that result in depression, anxiety, anger, and/or challenging behaviors. I also integrate other approaches as appropriate, including cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused therapy.
Tweens, Teens, and Adults
My approach with tweens, teens, and adults tends to be more collaborative and conversational. At times, it can be difficult to find words to describe experiences, thoughts, and feelings, so I also integrate sandtray therapy, as this approach is an effective way to express feelings and process experiences that result in distressing feelings, anger, anxiety, and/or depression.
Fees & Insurance
Initial intake appointment (60 minutes) = $150
Ongoing appointments (50-55 minutes) = $150
I am in-network with First Choice Health, Premera Blue Cross, and Regence Blue Shield. I may also be able to bill certain out of state Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. Please contact your insurance company to ask whether I am in network with your specific plan.
If I am not in-network with your insurance carrier or specific plan, it is possible that your insurance plan will cover my services as an out-of-network provider. Please contact your insurance company for more information about out-of-network benefits.
When calling your insurance carrier about your in-network or out-of network benefits (whichever is applicable), questions to ask include:
Do I have a mental or behavioral health policy with in-network/out-of-network benefits?
What are the requirements to use in-network/out-of-network benefits?
Is prior authorization required?
Is a referral required from my primary care physician?
Is there a cap on how many sessions I can have?
What is my co-pay/co-insurance?
Do I have an in-network/out-of-network deductible?
What is my in-network/out-of-network deductible?
How much of my in-network/out-of-network deductible has been met?
What is the start date of the calendar year my in-network/out-of-network policy is based on?
If you choose to use out-of-network benefits, you must pay the full fee for service at each appointment and I will provide you with a statement for reimbursement (also known as a superbill) to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please note that superbills do not guarantee reimbursement. Please inquire with your insurance company to find out whether they will reimburse you for services received.
Although there are benefits to using insurance, there are also important factors to consider before using your insurance for therapy. These factors include:
Insurance companies typically only cover services that are considered "medically necessary." Therefore, I may be required to diagnose you with a mental health disorder in order for therapy services to be covered by your insurance. However, not everyone who comes to therapy meets the criteria for a mental health disorder, and many people come to therapy for issues not related to a mental health disorder. For instance, some come to therapy so that they can have a safe, judgment free space for processing past and/or current experiences, self-exploration, support, personal growth, and many other personal reasons.
For those who are coming to therapy for treatment of a mental health disorder, insurance companies typically require that the therapist submit your diagnosis and possibly the treatment plan before they will offer reimbursement. They may also require that the therapist submit info about therapy progress.
Some insurance companies limit the amount of sessions you can have. If you choose not to use your insurance, you can stay in therapy for as long as you find it beneficial.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will Therapy Take?
Everyone's experience and need in therapy is different. Therapy can be completed within 4-6 months if the focus is limited to resolving specific problems, or it may last longer if the issues that bring you to therapy are more complex and long-standing. It also depends on what you bring to session and how much you are willing to engage in the therapy process.
Do You Prescribe Medication?
I am not a medical doctor or an ARNP, and therefore, I cannot prescribe any medications of any kind. If during your therapy process we agree that medication management may be helpful in your healing process, you will likely be directed to see your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to further discuss.
Lynnwood Child and Family Therapy, PLLC
Tiffany Classen, MA, LMFT
16825 48th Ave W, Suite 308
Lynnwood, WA 98037