Rates and Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees and do you accept insurance?

Individual Therapy with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW Owner & Director

  • 50-Minute Session (Online or in person):  $120
  • Telephone consultations and email correspondence requiring more than 15 minutes will be prorated at $90/hour

As of May 25, 2019 we will no longer be accepting Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield  and will be considered an “out-of-network provider”.  

Ride the Wave Counseling is a cash for service practice. We do not accept insurance third party payment; however, if your insurance company has “out-of-network benefits,” you may submit a copy of your bill (a “superbill”) for a percentage reimbursement of fees paid based on your insurance plan’s policy, paid directly to you.

You can also contact the company Better, who works with your insurance company on your behalf for help with reimbursement for out-of-network benefits. Better charges a minimal fee only if you get reimbursed.

Please call your insurance company directly to determine out of network coverage.

*Please note: Groups are skill-building groups, not “group therapy” and are not reimbursable by insurance.  Executive Function Coaching sessions are not reimbursable by insurance. 

A credit card is required to book the initial appointment.  Your credit card will not be charged unless: you are a “no-show” meaning you do not call to cancel within 24 hours of your appointment or you do not pay at your first session.  

What makes you different than other child psychologists, counselors, etc.?
The work we do is unlike most psychologists, therapists, etc. Our approach is specifically designed for the male brain.  We only work with males (ages 7-22) and their parents.  As many parents have learned traditional “talk therapy”/counseling is not designed for boys which is why many boys become adverse to participating in therapy.  We teach practical skills and strategies, not talk about feelings week after week.  We integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques into a structured but informal approach.   

What is unique about what you do for ADHD?
Typical counseling was not designed for individuals with ADHD or related challenges.  Lagging skills in the areas of executive functioning, social skills and emotional regulation are the foundation of ADHD.  Traditional “talk therapy” does not address these skill deficits.   Many parents have shared their experiences of working with previous mental health professionals who claimed they specialized in ADHD yet did not offer anything to address executive functioning or social skills.   ADHD cannot be treated simply by talking about it, it requires specific training and education in order to address these areas of lagging skills. 

Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Director has extensive training in treating ADHD-related issues in the areas of social skills, executive functioning, managing anxiety, etc.  Much of Ryan’s training comes from outside of the mental health field which is why his approach is very different than typical therapists.  

We don’t live in New Jersey, can you do online sessions with us?
Online sessions are done through Ryan’s coaching practice, ADHD Dude.  Please check out ADHD Dude for information.  

How often do we need to come?
The work we do at Ride the Wave Counseling is not traditional therapy, rather it involves “building blocks” to learning skills and strategies.  Most clients come on a weekly basis.  If appointments are less than twice per month it is difficult for parents to see real progress. 

Can my son just do a group or does he need to come for individual sessions?
We would discuss options during our intake appointment.  Some boys are not able to be successful in group right away and need to learn some foundational concepts in order to successfully be part of a group.   Our groups provide an opportunity for boys to improve their social thinking skills and executive functioning.  We do not sit around and talk about “social skills” or role play scripted, behaviors as this is not natural to how boys communicate with each other.   Our groups are productive,  informal and fun.    

Our 16-year-old is bright but has a learning disability (slow processing speed).  He struggles with keeping up in conversations and has social anxiety around his peers.  Is this something you can help with? 
Definitely, we see many boys who struggle with slower processing and other learning differences which effects their ability to be socially successful.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about our unique approach to helping kids with learning differences.

Our 11-year-old needs a lot of help with executive functioning.  What exactly do you do in these sessions?
Our work focuses on what we refer to as “global executive functioning” rather than just academic-specific executive functioning.  Areas we address include:  including: learning how to feel the passage of time, planning ahead, persevering through non-preferred tasks/assignments and learning how to be more independent.  Parents are typically involved in all or part of our executive function coaching sessions for students in elementary through high school.  We also work with college students who present with executive function weaknesses. The skills and strategies we teach in our executive function coaching sessions are not taught in schools. 

How old does my son need to be to participate in your Summer Trip Camp? 
Boys who have completed 5th grade through 8th grade are eligible to participate in Summer Trip Camp.  Summer Trip Camp is a small program in order to provide a high degree of individualized instruction in executive functioning and Social Thinking concepts.  Early registration is strongly encouraged  Please go to our Summer Trip Camp website to learn more about this amazing summer experience.  

Please contact Ryan to discuss next steps