FAQ’s

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, conflict resolution services are not covered by insurance companies and/or Medicaid.

Do you offer flexible payment plans?

YES!  The flexible payment include options to prepay for 3 sessions ahead of time at a discounted rate.  We also offer discounts for siblings that are enrolled in the services at the same time. Payment is collected during the initial visit.

What is the difference between coaching and counseling?

The terms are sometimes interchangeably. However, coaching and counseling are two, very different tools that Specialists use. Let’s see if we can make this less confusing:

Counseling is often times conducted for the use of revisiting one’s past and finding healing from his or her wounds. Many people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Multiple Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and many other disorders. These disorders commonly result from issues in a client’s childhood or early adult life. The way that many people cope with disorders, stressors, anxiety, depression, and grief depends on the person, but many people will react in the form of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, anger, frustration, avoidance, or other coping tactics. The goal of Counseling is for clients to recover from their past wounds and move towards a lifestyle of healing, finding freedom from their pain.

Coaching is a helpful method that looks toward the future. Coaching is for people who desire to see improvement and beneficial change in their lives. Rather than healing from the past, Coaching looks forward and asks the question, “How can we improve your lifestyle and meet your goals?” Coaching strives to make challenging goals and meet those goals by utilizing intense accountability and motivation. Coaches often work with specific people depending upon their personal goals. Some people may seek Coaching for help in the business world, for growth in relationships, or even to reach their potential from a wellness standpoint. Coaching can be conducted on countless different topics, but it always looks toward the future and the goals clients have set.

Counseling and Coaching focus on two different time frames, Counseling looks at the past while Coaching looks at the future. Both Counseling and Coaching focus on how to make the present time a productive asset to one’s life. Although many people could benefit from Counseling for several years to completely heal from their past hurt, Coaching offers a goal-oriented approach towards life. Both Counseling and Coaching have the client in mind, the ultimate goal is to enable clients to become the best that they can be.

Can I come back with my child during his/her appointment?

YES!   Parent involvement/participation is welcomed and encouraged when it is helpful and beneficial for your child.

At times, however, Dr. Patel may feel it is in your child’s best interest NOT to have a parent in the room during a session.  This could be for a variety of reasons which your therapist and you will discuss together ahead of time.

How long are the sessions?

The sessions are scheduled in 60 minutes increments and may extend longer, depending on your child’s goals and needs.

How do I schedule an evaluation or therapy visit?

Call the office at 443.741.2239 to schedule an appointment initially.  Thereafter, you and Dr. Patel and you will work together to schedule all future appointments.

What do I need to get started?

To get scheduled for an initial evaluation, La Vida requires:

  • New Client Intake Form completed

How do I know if my child needs services?

It is always a good idea to start by talking with Dr. Patel to ask questions and/or concerns that you have regarding your child’s development.  Dr. Patel is happy to speak with you about any concerns you may have and can advise you on whether further action is recommended, such as scheduling an evaluation.

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