Frequently Asked Questions
How Does it Work?
Teletherapy is a variation from in-clinic therapy. A licensed therapist uses video conferencing software to guide the child and/or parent through the session. Although the session is facilitated through the computer, the clinical techniques used are aligned to what we’d do in the clinic.
For a child’s session, it is required that the parent is present to supervise. Our therapists will guide the parents through the exercises and will advise them on which materials will be needed.
Teletherapy sessions can be scheduled for weekly appointments or as one-time consults.
Is it effective?
For the appropropriate use cases, yes! This is why Westside selectively offers teletherapy. We have chosen only the use cases that we believe add clinical value. As a matter of principle, we refrain from using teletherapy for diagnoses and treatment plans that cannot be implemented effectively with teletherapy. Our therapists are trained to inform parents when in-clinic services are more appropriate for treatment.
What does it cost?
We will check with your insurance to see if teletherapy is covered. If it is, we will bill your insurance accordingly. If it is not covered, below are session rates for teletherapy:
• Free 20 minute screening
• Evaluations: $200
• 30 minutes: $50
• 45 minutes: $75
• 60 minutes: $100