Kelly Peyton, MA, LPC, RPT, CCTP

(832) 406-4303

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Teen Counselor, Teen counseling, teen therapist, child counseling, play therapist
Kelly Peyton Teen Counselor

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Child and Teen Therapy

  • How much does therapy cost?  For self-pay clients sessions are $185.  Paper and computerized assessments are $50.  
  • What insurance do you accept?  I am an out of network provider. I am happy to courtest bill your insurance for you or provide a superbill for clients to submit on their own if they prefer.   Please remember, when using your insurance benefits, all diagnoses become a part of your child's permanent medical record.  For this reason, many of my clients prefer to remain self-pay.


  • Can I interview you prior to scheduling an appointmentI offer a free telephone consultation to all parents wishing to explore therapy for their teen.  Please contactme to request a phone consultation.


  • What do I bring to the first session?  Your first session with me will likely be a parent session.  This means you do not bring your child.  Instead, please bring your child's intake paperwork, your driver's license, insurance card if applicable, and any court documents pertaining to the child such as custody and visitation orders.  We will make copies of these for you and give you the originals back.  


  • What should I expect during the parent session?  This session will give you the opportunity to see where your child will receive therapy, learn about how therapy works, ask questions, provide relevant social and developmental history, set treatment goals, and learn about your role in your teen's therapy.  


  • What should my child expect during his/her first session?  Typically a parent will accompany the child into the therapy office for the first few minutes of the session to go over confidentiality and informed consent, after which the parent will be asked to go back to the waiting area for the remainder of the session.  After this time, the remainder of the session allows for your teen to get to know me and for me to learn a little more about your teen.  They will discuss treatment goals and begin developing a treatment plan based upon this session and the previous parent session.


  • What should we expect after the first session?  I believe in a collaborate approach in counseling teens.  I will typically see a teen for three sessions and then have a follow-up parent session every forth appointment.  These follow up sessions allow for progress reporting as well for me to provide information and skills to parents in order to work with their teens on therapy goals at home.  However, in many cases, parents may attend all or part of a session with their child or teen.  This may be necessary with younger children with emotional difficulties to allow parents to participate in learning skills to help regulate a child or to build safe attachment with children who has trauma or attachment issues.  Parents of teens may also enter therapy sessions to work on communication with their child or to learn skills alongside their child.  Given this, please plan to stay at the counseling center during your child's appointment.  This is also important should an emergency arise.  Please talk with Kelly about your child's particular case and therapeutic needs should you need to bring siblings to sessions.


  • How long will therapy last?  Each child is different as is each presenting issue.  Some teens find relief within 4 to 6 sessions while others may need longer term care.  On average, teens will come to therapy once a week or once every other week for an average of 12-15 sessions.  I will discuss your child's particular needs and treatment plan at your initial and follow-up parent sessions.

  • How can I file a complaint?  Complaints against a therapist may be made through the Texas Behavioral Health Council. You may find the online complaint form here. Or you may reach them by US Post at George H.W. Bush State Office Bldg., 1801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7.300, Austin, TX 78701 or by phone at (512) 305-7700