Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy FAQs

When it comes to therapy, there should never be a “one size fits all” approach. One of the most important factors is if you feel comfortable talking with your therapist. Our therapists are trained in Evidence Based Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

When it comes to therapy, there should never be a “one size fits all” approach. One of the most important factors is if you feel comfortable talking with your therapist. Our therapists are trained in Evidence Based Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Most people become stressed when they encounter a situation or thoughts that they don’t know how to handle. Together, with your therapist, you’ll learn ways to resolve stressful situations and help you feel more in control of your life.

No. At Ally Psychological Services we provide therapy and evaluations. If you are interested in receiving medication, we are happy to provide referrals for our current clients.

The cost of your session will depend on which therapist you see. Our Master’s level therapists are $150 per session while our Doctorate level therapists are $200 per session.

Ally Psychological Services and the therapists that work here are Out-of-Network with all insurances. This means that we are private pay and you will have to pay for the cost of each session. You may be able to get reimbursement from your insurance company through Out-of-Network Benefits if they are a part of your health plan.

You and your partner need a little bit (or a lot) of help. You want to get back to being that happy couple. You also want to learn how to be the best partner while staying true to yourself and how to get your needs met.

Finding the right therapist can be hard. Choose one with the right training, experience, and skills to help your relationship thrive. Most importantly, choose someone you and your partner feel comfortable talking with.

Everyone needs a little help sometimes, kids are no different. Therapy can help your child learn how to handle their bigger emotions and express themselves. It also helps parents learn ways to help their kids at home.

Play therapy capitalizes on children’s natural ability to express their feelings and resolve conflicts through play. Play therapy is a form of treatment that helps children and families to express their emotions, improve their communication, and solve problems.

Whether they’re graduating high school or college, starting a new job, entering or leaving a relationship, or moving out on their own for the first time, being a young adult has a lot of unique challenges. Starting therapy at this stage of life can help them be more confident and successful as they navigate this new stage of life.

Evaluation FAQs

Dr. Jen will incorporate a series of interviews, standardized tests, and questionnaires designed to evaluate specific strengths and weaknesses across several areas of your child’s life, including psychological and social-emotional characteristics. Once we collect all of the information, we are able to determine if your child meets the criteria for one or more diagnoses

You know your child best. If you have concerns about your child’s behaviors, development, or feel like there’s something bigger going on, call us for a free consultation. You should also call us if your child’s doctor, therapist, or teacher recommends getting them evaluated. Our free, confidential, and no-commitment consultations make it easy to decide what’s best for your child and their development.

Yes! Depending on the type of evaluation your child is receiving, we utilize either a brief or full cognitive assessment when appropriate.

If your child is receiving a Psychoeducational Evaluation (IEE), we will absolutely be evaluating their academic strengths and weaknesses. If they are getting an Autism or general Psychological evaluation, we do not typically administer a test of academic abilities. If you have concerns about their academics, please let us know so we can review options with you.

Usually, an evaluation requires two to three in-person visits, each lasting anywhere from two to four hours (with breaks). Depending on your needs, some of the interviews may be able to occur virtually. When appropriate, we also conduct school observations and meet with teachers, staff, and other professionals in your child’s life.

Our comprehensive evaluations typically cost $3,500*. This includes all interviews, assessments, and a feedback session where we go over the results and recommendations of the evaluation with you in detail.

Although we do not accept insurance, you may be entitled to reimbursement from your insurance company depending on your plan’s benefits and the type of evaluation provided. It is also possible that your school district will cover some or all of the costs for the evaluation.

Currently, we accept cash, check, credit, debit, or your HSA card for payments. Payment is due in full at the start of the first session unless other arrangements have been made and agreed upon. We will also provide you with a detailed invoice and Superbill upon request.

*An additional charge of $1,000 is required for any Forensic (legal) evaluation.

Absolutely! Talking to teachers, counselors/therapists, pediatricians, and other important people in your child’s life is an important part of our process to ensure we provide the highest quality report and recommendations. We understand the importance of this evaluation for your child’s success and will not take any shortcuts throughout the process.

Yup! When we complete the evaluation and have the results and recommendations we will sit down with you for a “feedback session.” During this session, we will review the results, recommendations, provide referrals, and answer any other questions you might have.

We are thrilled to be offering in-person evaluations. We follow strict guidelines to ensure our office is safe and clean for all of our clients. This includes wiping down high-touch surfaces, spraying soft surfaces with disinfectant, and using air purifiers. A portion of assessments, such as interviews, may be able to be completed virtually. Please let us know if you’d be more comfortable with completing as much of your evaluation virtually so we can do our best to accommodate your preferences.

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Both a Psychoeducational Evaluation and an IEE are essentially the same type of evaluation. An IEE is a formal/legal term for a Psychoeducational Evaluation that is approved and paid for by a child’s school or School District under specific circumstances. Typically, a school will perform its own evaluation and if you are dissatisfied with the results, you can request/petition for an IEE. A Psychoeducational Evaluation is completed outside of the school and is not paid for by the school or School District. More information can be found through the Central Bucks School District.

There are three main differences: thoroughness/comprehensiveness, timeliness, and cost. At Ally Psych, our evaluations tend to be more thorough than a school’s evaluation. For instance, we evaluate areas related to emotional challenges or behaviors, whereas an evaluation conducted by the school may not. Another difference is timeliness, a school may not get started for 60 days after you sign the permission slip for them to evaluate your child, additionally, they likely won’t be able to evaluate your child over the summer. Lastly, unless the school district covers the cost of the evaluation (IEE), you will have to pay Out Of Pocket for an evaluation at Ally Psych.

If you, as the parent, disagree with the school district’s evaluation, you have the legal right to challenge the results and request an IEE done by a psychologist of your choosing. One of the main reasons to seek out an IEE from a psychologist of your choosing is to provide additional expertise and an objective opinion in order to best meet your child’s learning needs and ensure they receive the support they deserve. Additionally, school districts must consider the results of an IEE when determining the need for services and accommodations. If you feel you need additional support in fighting for your rights, we encourage families to contact Special Education Lawyers.

Some common concerns that our evaluation can uncover include:

  • Cognitive abilities
  • Educational/achievement abilities
  • Giftedness
  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Behavioral concerns impacting education
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