Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get started?
For speech, language, voice or cognitive therapy: Attain a physician's order that states "speech therapy to evaluate and treat" from your primary physician (or a neurologist, ENT, etc.).
For voice treatment: Seeing an ENT is a necessary first step in order to determine if there are any problems with the structures in the throat that may be contributing to problems with your voice. Seeing an ENT before starting treatment helps ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible. After seeing the ENT, you need an order to begin voice therapy, and the ENT can write an order for "speech therapy to evaluate and treat."
For accent reduction training: Please visit the Investment page and take Brave's free screening. You will be contacted within 24-48 hours after taking the free screening for a consultation regarding your screening results and proceeding with the training. (No physician's order is required, as this is not considered therapy... an accent is not a disorder).
2. Will I be given exercises, assignments, or practice work?
Yes! This is an important part of the process. No matter what service you enroll in, whether it's therapy or accent reduction training, you will be given exercises, assignments, and/or practice work to complete during the time in between sessions to maximize your progress!
3. How soon can I start?
You will be scheduled as soon as possible! Let's get to work!
4. Do you take insurance?
Brave does not take any insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid, however, a superbill can be given to clients upon request who would like to seek out reimbursement from insurance on their own (for more information regarding superbills see Question 5 below). As a small private practice, being private pay means more time is available to prepare for sessions in order to best serve individual client needs instead of spending time on the phone with insurance companies. Being private pay also helps me to serve more individuals that are searching for help and answers via free screenings and consultations (versus needing to charge for screenings and consultations in order to "balance" the time spent on the phone with insurance companies). And, by giving you a superbill it also gives you the option to still use your insurance (however, I cannot guarantee any reimbursement as I am not your insurance company).
5. What is a superbill?
A superbill is a document given by a medical service provider that a client can submit to insurance companies in order to seek reimbursement for medical services rendered. Submitting a superbill to an insurance company does not guarantee reimbursement by that insurance company. Please note that a superbill is not needed for accent reduction training, as this service is not "medically necessary," considered a treatment for an acute medical event or chronic disease process, and as an accent is not a disorder.
6. Do you see young children?
No, Brave only sees clients 18 and older.
7. How long does everything take?
Accent reduction training is 13 weeks because a specific research-based training protocol (the Compton program) is utilized.
Speech / language/ voice / cognitive therapy clients are typically seen once or twice per week, depending on client needs, for anywhere between just the initial evaluation / assessment to multiple months of treatment. Length of the treatment and is individualized to best help each client reach their greatest potential, is based on evaluation / assessment results and client needs, and is discussed at the end of the evaluation / assessment with each client. "Cookbook therapy" is not part of my process!
8. I had speech therapy when I was in school. Will going to speech therapy as an adult make a difference? Will it really help me?
It most likely will. Motivation is a large piece of the puzzle when creating any change, and especially when it involves speech therapy. If, for example, you had treatment for stuttering as a child, you will likely discover that you are able to make gains with your fluency that you were unable to achieve when younger, as now you're making the choice to go to speech therapy (versus reluctantly accompanying the speech therapist out of the classroom, down the hall, and into his/her office).
9. What forms of payment do you accept?
Credit cards, debit cards, and Chase QuickPay are accepted. Gift cards and HSA cards are not accepted. Checks are not accepted (as, unfortunately, some individuals have demonstrated "creative" accounting methods). PayPal is not accepted because their fees are higher than my card processing company (which makes a big difference for a small business).
10. What is accent reduction training? Will I lose my accent?
Accent reduction involves learning how to speak with an American English accent. You're adding a new way of speaking to your professional and personal toolbox, so you will not "lose" your accent. By learning an additional way to speak, you'll have the option to code switch as you desire between your current accent and your new American English accent. (It's like you gained a super power).