SUPPORTIVE THERAPY FOR teens OF ALL KINDS
Active & Connected Family Therapy, expanding from its Virginia roots, offers nationwide compassionate mental health support, emphasizing enduring connections and personalized care.
Discover a supportive ally for your teenager’s emotional journey.
It is so hard to see your teenager struggle. Whether it is anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating/body image concerns, or any other emotional difficulty, we are here to help. We see ourselves as a member of you and your child’s team and we hope to partner with you in helping them work through whatever is getting in their way as well as improve their overall emotional well-being. Based on what your child and family needs, our roles range from more of a mentor/coach, a family therapist, or an insight-oriented or trauma-based therapist. We tell our clients we are able to help them improve in any areas of social, emotional, and/or family life where they may struggle.
Therapy will look different based on the age of your teenager and what they are working on. For most, therapists will use a combination of meeting with the teen and their parents together, working with the teen alone, and in-session check-ins with parents. Please ask us any questions about our process.
With all these changes, it’s no wonder why they might feel like yelling one second and crying for no reason the next. Along with all the new things happening in their life, new stresses and worries also come up about family, friends, school, their bodies, and their futures.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that signs of mental health conditions often emerge during this developmental stage. About half of all people who experience a mental health condition in their lifetime begin experiencing symptoms before the age of 14. Unfortunately teens and their family members often do not notice them until several years later. The challenge is determining whether certain behavior is normal/typical or a symptom of mental health.
Partnership for Teenagers' Growth
Therapists position themselves as valuable team members, partnering with parents to help teenagers overcome obstacles and improve their overall emotional well-being.
Personalized Therapy Approaches
Therapy is tailored to the teenager’s age and issues, employing a combination of sessions with the teen and parents together, individual sessions with the teen, and in-session check-ins with parents.
Accessible Therapist Matching
Clients can contact Client Care Coordinators for personalized matches.
Early Recognition of Mental Health Signs
Recognizing that signs of mental health conditions often emerge during adolescence. It is important to emphasize early detection, as about half of those with mental health conditions experience symptoms before age 14.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Your Rates?
1. Independently Licensed Therapists
Independently Licensed Therapists have completed a graduate or doctoral program and the required number of supervised clinical hours. This is the level of training and experience most insurance companies require for reimbursement. See “Insurance” section below to make sure you are eligible for reimbursement through your insurance company.
Average Rate Per Session is between $160 and $300 depending on experience and demand.
2. Residents and Post-Doctoral Students
Residents, Post-Docs, and License-Eligible Therapists have completed a clinical graduate or doctoral program in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work. They are accruing the required number of hours for independent licensure and provide services under the license of their A&C Clinical Supervisor. They typically receive 1-3 hours of clinical supervision a week. Some insurance companies and insurance plans will reimburse for therapy sessions provided by a “Resident” others will not.
Average Rate Per Session is between $135 and $160 (except special circumstances when it may be higher)
Interns are graduate students in the field of Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology. Their internship with Active & Connected Family Therapy is part of their graduate school training and they work closely with an A&C Clinical Supervisor, our most senior level clinician. We are selective in hiring interns, ensuring that they have both the experience and maturity to offer high-quality care. Most insurance companies will not reimburse for therapeutic services provided by an intern.
Average Rate Per Session is sliding scale to $100.
Do You Accept Insurance? What Types of Payment Do You Take?
Kathleen Van Allen, LPC is in network with most major insurance providers. She provides face-to-face therapy in Lynchburg and teletherapy across Virginia. We are actively working on increasing insurance options for more providers. We also offer therapy with interns and through our Social Justice program at the rate of most insurance co-pays ($25-$40).
Other clinicians are not currently in-network with any insurance companies; however, depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
We would recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
- Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
- Does my insurance plan cover services by Residents in Counseling if they are supervised?
We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards as forms of payment. We also accept most HSA and FSA plans.
Right to a Good Faith Estimate
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 1-800-985-3059.
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