1. What age patients do you treat?
Alvord, Baker & Associates treats toddlers (parent training) through adults.
2. What hours are you open?
We offer flexible hours, including after school and Saturday appointments. After school and Saturday appointments are more limited, however, due to high demand, so if you have flexibility to come in during the day time, the waitlist to see a clinician will likely be shorter. Initial intake sessions are held between the hours of 9AM and 2PM.
3. What is the fee for your services?
Our initial 60 minute intake session costs $287. Individual 45 minute sessions are $200. Our group sessions cost $100 per session, with a $135 registration fee (fall/spring) or $115 registration fee (summer). A portion of this deposit ($100) covers the final group session. Dr. Alvord’s rate for an indivdual 45 minute session is $215 and pro-rated for other sessions. For more information our fees and for other services, please call our intake coordinator.
4. What insurance do you take?
Alvord, Baker & Associates does not currently participate as an in-network provider for any insurance plan. We do provide documentation of our services, including diagnostic and billing codes which can be submitted to your insurance company to request reimbursement for out-of-network services. For more information on questions you may want to ask your insurance provider, CLICK HERE.
5. What is the process for seeking individual treatment?
1. Those seeking care are invited for an intake appointment. Intake appointments generally last 60 minutes and occur during the day (9AM-2PM). For children and adolescents, typically the youth comes with both parents. If parents are in the process of separating or are divorced, regardless of custody status, our policy is that both parents must consent to treatment. During the intake session, we will ask questions to get to know you better and learn more about your concerns. During this time we will ask about developmental history, current concerns, and things you may hope to change. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about our program.
2. Following an intake session, we typically recommend weekly follow up therapy sessions. These sessions are usually 45 minutes, however longer sessions can be arranged as needed. Afterschool and Saturday appointments are available. Therapy is a collaborative process in which we work together with you to establish goals and a treatment plan targeted for your unique needs.
6. What is the process for seeking group treatment?
1. Our Resilience Builder Program begins 3 times each year. Please CLICK HERE for our schedules. Those seeking treatment should contact our group coordinator at 301-593-6554 ext. 23 to describe your child’s needs and strengths, and to hear more about our group process. You will also be asked to provide your child’s age, grade, school and office location preference (Silver Spring or Rockville). Based on this discussion, we will determine if there is an appropriate group available for your child. If so, you will be connected with the therapist to schedule an intake session.
2. During the intake with the group leader, if the group appears to be a good fit, then you will be asked to fill out a registration form and submit a non-refundable deposit to reserve a spot in the group. Forms are available on our specific group pages: fall, spring, and summer. We respectfully ask that parents do not submit a registration form until they have completed the intake with the group leader.
7. How long do I or my child need treatment?
The duration and frequency of sessions will depend on the nature and severity of the mental health condition. We diagnose and assess the severity during our initial intake appointment and will plan treatment sessions accordingly.
8. What concerns can you help with?
Clinicians at Alvord, Baker & Associates treat a wide variety of concerns and clinical disorders including anxiety and worries, depression and other mood disorders, ADHD and behavioral problems, and Autism Spectrum disorders, and many more. For more information on problems we may be able to help with, CLICK HERE.
9. How do I know if I should seek treatment?
The decision to seek help is not always an easy one. The need for additional support, during times of transition or times of struggle, can take many forms. If you or your child is having difficulty completing daily activities such as work or school or are experiencing intense emotions or behaviors that cause distress, are hard to control, or make it difficult to get along with family or friends, treatment may be helpful. The following article, which appears in the Huffington Post, discusses some of the reasons to do so and includes comments by Dr. Mary Alvord: CLICK HERE to be linked to the article.
10. Are families involved in children’s treatment?
Many of our clinicians offer family therapy. Most clinicians when working with children or adolescents will include caregivers in their treatment to help structure a supportive environment for the child and help parents to help their child generalize their skills outside of the session.
11. What should I tell my child?
How you explain therapy depends on your child’s development and symptoms. It is helpful to introduce the idea at a time that your child is calm. It can be useful to frame it as wanting to seek resources to help your child cope in difficult situations or with uncomfortable feelings. Some children can become upset, expecting their parents should know how to help them. You can share that you care and want to help but sometimes parents need extra resources, like if your child broke a bone you would visit a doctor for extra help. The following article, which appears in the Huffington Post, discusses some helpful ways to introduce therapy. CLICK HERE