What are your fees?
The fee for individual sessions is $120.00 per 55-minute session.
The fee for groups is $175 per month (based on 4 groups per month if pre-paid in advance each month) or $50 per session. Please note that groups require a commitment on behalf of the parents and require attendance at least twice per month. Groups are not designed to serve as a “drop-in” group.
The fee for programs varies.
Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by cash, check or Venmo.
Do you offer online sessions?
We offer online sessions for residents of Pennsylvania or New Jersey only. We utilize a HIPPA compliant software system that is easy to use. .
Do you accept insurance?
In New Jersey: We accept the following Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for individual sessions only: Horizon BCBS- Commercial Managed, Horizon BCBS- Commercial Traditional, ValueOptions Commercial Non HMO. If you have BCBS you may be eligible. Please contact the member service phone number on your insurance card and ask if “Ryan Wexelblatt” is covered under your policy. Please make sure to give Ryan’s name, not Ride the Wave Counseling.
Groups cannot be covered by insurance as they are not considered “group psychotherapy” rather they are skill-building groups.
In Pennsylvania: We are considered an out-of-network provider thus we do not accept or file insurance claims. We can provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance provider. Please check with your insurance provider about their out-of-network benefits for mental health. Services will be billed as “psychotherapy”. Groups cannot be covered by insurance as they are not considered “group psychotherapy” rather they are skill-building groups.
What makes you different than other therapists/psychologists/counselors, etc.?
Our approach is designed for the male brain. 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. Furthermore, typical counseling was not designed for individuals with neurodevelopmental challenges such as ADHD. Our approach is about teaching practical skills and strategies, not talking about feelings week after week. We integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques into a structured but informal approach.
Families travel from throughout the Philadelphia area and South Jersey to work with us because our skill-building approach to treating ADHD and related challenges is a vast departure from traditional therapy. Our approach to addressing lagging executive functioning, social and emotional regulation skills is practical and concrete. We work with many boys who are resistant to treatment because of their previous experiences in therapy and social skills groups.
I’ve never heard of group counseling just for boys. How do I know if individual or group would be better for my son?
We would discuss options during our intake appointment. When appropriate, we believe that kids of all ages are most receptive to learning with their peers. Our groups provide an opportunity for boys to authentically connect and learn together. Our groups are structured, productive and informal. Groups meet on weekday nights. All boys who participate in our counseling groups and individual counseling are eligible to participate in our monthly How to Hang Out program.
How soon can we expect results?
It is very important to note that within the realm of building social, executive functioning and emotional regulation skills there are no quick fixes. The work we do involves teaching skills that have not developed intuitively from early childhood. This is a significant amount of depth to this learning process. With consistency, results will come slowly but steadily. It requires patience on behalf of the parents.
We tried social skills groups in the past but the other kids in the group had more significant challenges than our son who has ADHD. He desperately needs the help but doesn’t want a repeat of his past experience. What can I tell him about your groups/programs?
You can tell him that this will be a very different experience from other social skills groups he’s attended because we approach “teaching social” very differently. Our groups are specifically designed for boys and taught from a male perspective so boys can learn how to cultivate friendships with their similar-age peers. We do not teach “social skills”, rather we teach how to think in a social context, understand the nuances and hidden rules of male-male social communication. Additionally, we incorporate teaching social executive functioning strategies into our groups. We are the only provider of social skills programs that are designed specifically for boys with ADHD. Most boys participate in our programs throughout the year because they enjoy the camaraderie of being with similar-age peers who “get them”.
Our 16-year-old is bright but has a learning disability (slow processing speed). He struggles with keeping up in conversations with his peers and often stays on the fringes during social situations. Is this something you can help with?
Definitely, we see many boys who struggle with slower processing or challenges around auditory processing 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 disabilities.
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.
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