Quint Paige, MFT, RPT-S
Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Therapy?

There are many reasons for seeking therapeutic services.  My guess is that you are (or someone in your family is) struggling with a specific problem, crisis, and/or feeling and previous attempts to resolve the issue have been unsuccessful.  Therapy can help you and/or family begin the journey to successful resolution of the issue(s).  We know that the brain is plastic (able to change) throughout the life span so whether young or old, therapy is a highly effective way to make significant and permanent changes in your brain structure. Thus, change in how you relate, feel, and behave is possible. 

Whatever the reason, I look forward to collaborating with you and/or your family during this step of the journey or helping you to connect with someone who will be able to help you whether that is myself or someone else.  Asking for help is not a shameful event.  We all need help sometimes, whether it's from a parent, sibling, teacher, and/or friend.   Now you might need the help of a therapist to make the change, shift, and growth that you have long desired.

Why Therapy for a child?

Because children need help too.  Children tend to struggle with issues surrounding power and control, acceptance and rejection, success and failure, separation and loss, with expressing feelings APPROPRIATELY, and with problem solving.  Early intervention is extremely effective - another reason to have your child receive some form of therapeutic service.  If you have been concerned about your child regarding any of the above issues or anything else, it's worth a phone call or e-mail to consult with an experienced and caring professional.   

What's the therapeutic process like?

Everyone has a different reaction to therapy, some love it, enjoy playing, and having the therapist’s complete and undivided attention.  While others don’t like therapy - they feel threatened, too vulnerable, and struggle with revealing what needs to be shared.  These feelings generally pass once a solid, safe, and strong therapeutic relationship is in place.  There comes a natural point in the therapeutic process when the individual adult, adolescent, child, or member of the family does not want to come to therapy.  This is natural because sometimes the work is hard (even if it’s play) and you still may be dealing with some difficult, scary and/or painful issues.  With a solid therapeutic relationship and a safe place, these moments get worked through and the adult, child, adolescent, and/or family usually enjoys the therapeutic work again.  In the beginning I generally recommend sessions once a week unless there is some form of crisis which might require more frequent sessions until the crisis subsides.  The therapeutic work continues until you feel you are ready to stop or cut back.  These decisions can be made when the time is right. 

Why Play?

Play is critically important.  If you’re an adult, it’s how you learned about the world while growing up.  If you weren't given enough opportunity to play, you may have missed learning some key and critical lessons.  If you’re thinking about your child, play is how he or she will learn many important aspects about life and how to be in this world - including how to have fun, relate socially, learn about rules, problem solve, and deal with the full range of emotions - hopefully appropriately. As Albert Einstein said, " Play is the highest form of research."

In our busy and highly scheduled lives, sometimes we have forgotten to do what used to come naturally - how to play.  Children play for many reasons and mostly because it's fun and a way to make friends and stay connected to one another.  Whether it's with dolls, figurines, games, and/or with whatever we had available - an empty box - we know/knew how to play unabashedly.  Now-a-days we work (including school work), have many commitments and responsibilities, and probably work some more without playing.  We forget that we need to PLAY - to play alone and to play with family and friends.  If you are and/or your child is struggling with any facet of life - work, school, relationships, and/or emotionally - call or e-mail me to set-up an appointment to see how PLAY will help you, your child, and/or your family return to a more healthy and satisfying way of being in the world. 

What are my fees? 

My fee is $175 for each 50 minute session.  I do offer a limited number of sliding fee slots.  Payment is due each session unless otherwise agreed upon.  I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  If you do not cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance or miss a session, you will be charged the session fee.  I prefer to accept cash and/or checks.  I also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).  If paying by credit card please let me know at the beginning of the session so the transaction can go quickly after the session. 

Do I accept insurance? 

I do not accept insurance for one primary reason - I believe therapeutic decisions need to be made by the therapist and client and not the insurance company.  I wish not to give up the responsibility of your mental health care to administrators that think they know what is best for you and your family.  Those decisions should and need to be made by you and I.  How unfortunate, heartbreaking, inappropriate, and damaging it would be if some bureaucrat decided you, your child, and/or your family no longer needed therapy at a critical juncture in the therapeutic work. 

If by chance you do need to use your insurance I can provide a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Make sure you check with your insurance company about their reimbursement policies regarding an out-of-network provider.  With discussions of mental health parity, hopefully this issue will be a thing of the past.

Please feel free to call or e-mail to get answers to any other questions you may have.

Quint Paige, MFT, RPT-S
1191 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 676-3381

E-Mail address:

PLAYING2LIVE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Easily accessible from So Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Eagle Rock, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Glendale, Burbank, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, La Canada, La Crescenta, Hollywood, and Los Angeles


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