Patricia A. Jones, LCSW, PLLC is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Having received her graduate training from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she possesses 30 years of experience providing psychotherapy services to children, teens, families, and adults. Issues that she treats include depression and anxiety, trauma, loss, adjustment reactions, behavioral concerns, general dissatisfaction with stage of life or direction. She has a special interest in working with those affected by foster placement and adoption. She is warm and compassionate, and easily sees her clients many strengths in which to build on in helping them take the next step on their path of healing and to being more fulfilled and creating meaning in their lives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How does therapy work?Many times a health care or school professional or family member or friend recommends therapy knowing that whatever is happening in your life at the moment may get better with services.Therapy begins with an initial evaluation in which a history is taken and your treatment goals are identified. You get to ask as many questions as you want to help you determine if I am the right therapist for you or your child. I discuss what models of therapy make sense in order to help you with your presenting concerns and together we determine how to go forward in working together and in scheduling follow up sessions.
If the therapy is for my child, does my child attend the first session, and do I? Yes, unless there is a compelling reason for this not to occur such as a need for the parent to inform me of extensive history information of a sensitive nature that is not appropriate for the child to be exposed to; or if the child is an older adolescent and refuses to allow you in the session with him/her. Otherwise, generally, the child and parent(s) attend the entirety of the first session together. Planning will occur prior to the end of the first session as to how best to go forward in scheduling future sessions depending on treatment goals.
What if my child/teen is against therapy for him/herself? And what if I'm not too sure myself? If you as your child's parent feel it may be in your child's best interest to receive therapy, please inform your child of that prior to attending the first session and do not be overly concerned if your child does not share your position. At the first session we will discuss concerns, determine goals and discuss together how you and/or your child may benefit from therapy. Often children/teens become more receptive and willing participants as the therapy process unfolds and they experience positive change and begin to feel better. You are an active participant in your own therapy (or of your child's) and will be making decisions on future sessions based on your own comfort level, that of your child's as progress is being made.
What is the cost? I am a provider of most major insurances in which there is a contracted rate already in place for the psychotherapy modalities that may occur. Each individual insurance plan varies with co- pays that generally range from no co- pay to $50./session. Deductible plans require the member to pay for services in full according to the contracted rate (up to approximately $140./session) until their deductible is met and then the insurance will pay the total, or most of the cost with a co insurance due by the member. Prior to your first appointment, please call your insurance to determine what your benefits are for outpatient mental/behavioral health services.
How do I get started? Contact Patricia at (716)805-7324 to schedule an appointment. Initial forms can be found under the form tab of this website. Please download, print and complete the forms and bring them with you along with your insurance card to your first appointment.