Frequently Asked Questions

You specialize in school-aged children and family therapy, but do you work with individual adults? 

Yes! I certainly do have extensive experience working with individual adults on a range of concerns and diagnoses such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders (anxiety and depression, for example), life transitions, and parenting.

What can I expect if I call you to consult?

I'm happy to spend time with you on the phone discussing my practice and approach and answering any questions you may have. This time is not a shortened therapy session, rather, it is a chance for you to get to know me, and if you like, you can share what led you to call. There is certainly no charge or obligation for a phone consultation - it is not a therapy session and only after signing the therapy agreement would I become you/your child's psychologist. We'll set aside 15 minutes to talk, which will give you a good chance to determine whether we would be a good fit to work together.

What can I expect in our first session?

My priority in our first session and beyond is to make you (or you and your family) feel comfortable in my office and in working with me. We will have 90 minutes in the first session and I'll begin by introducing myself and giving an overview of the first session. I will have you fill out some brief paperwork and then we'll spend the remainder of the time discussing what you have noticed and/or what your child has noticed about his/her behavior or other symptoms and changes, what strengths and resources you see in your child (or yourself), discussing other relevant background information, and formulating goals for future sessions together.

Is the first session free? 

I am happy to introduce myself, answer any questions you may have, and discuss my practice with you over the phone, but I find that beginning a therapeutic relationship on a "trial basis" can be difficult. If you decide after our phone consultation that you would like me to work with you or your family, we will begin with a standard 90-minute intake session.

What do I need to do before our first session?

I ask that if you intend to use your insurance benefits, please contact your insurance company before our first session, provide them my name and address, and please make sure to ask the following questions to help avoid any surprises:

-Is my plan active and does it include benefits for standard outpatient mental health therapy sessions for myself and/or my child?
-Is Dr. Miller an in-network or out-of-network provider for my plan?
*(On rare occasions, the company/logo on a medical benefits card is not the same as the administrator for mental health benefits)
-What is my total deductible and how much of the deductible has already been met?
-What responsibility (co-pay or percentage of fees) do I have for standard outpatient mental health sessions and/or testing?
-Are there limits on the number of sessions that are covered?
-Does my plan require prior authorization for therapy or testing services?
*If applicable: Is psychological testing covered under my plan?

Gathering a full picture of your benefits and deductible is important and it is your responsibility.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please be sure to bring your insurance card, identification, check book, and a credit card (to be kept on file as a back-up form of payment).

Do you work with kids and teens who are addicted to video games/texting/internet/television? 

I am happy to work with you and your child/teen on how to communicate desires and feelings, as well as how to set, enforce, and respect limits as we collaborate to define a system that works for your family. Please read more about my thoughts on technology overuse here. Parents or adults seeking treatment for specific pornography or sexual addiction would be invited to conduct a search for a specialist in that field.

You graduated from Fuller Seminary School of Psychology, does that mean you do 'Christian counseling?'

Great question! I answer that by pointing out that "Christian counseling" can mean many things to many people, and to give a simple "yes" or "no" would not be sufficient. My therapeutic style is always guided by evidence-based interventions and I am (or try to be) guided in my everyday life and my work by principles such as "love one another." You may prefer to work with a therapist who shares a similar belief perspective and you may want to discuss what's going on using faith-language. This is familiar to me, and I am happy to engage on this level with you. Alternately, you may feel your beliefs are not relevant to what you are needing help with, and you may decide not to discuss faith issues in therapy. That is equally fine, and I am happy to develop a therapeutic relationship with you in whatever ways you would like.

I'm not religious or spiritual. Are you going to push any of that on me?

Absolutely not. I take my responsibilities as a psychologist very seriously, which is first to understand where you're coming from, what your goals are and to help you achieve them. My responsibility is not to tell you what to do or how to change your worldview.

What forms of payment do you accept?

My preferred method of payment is a check, though I do accept cash or a credit card. I request that you please bring a credit card to the first session which will be kept on file as a back-up form of payment.

Do you work with couples? 

I find that couples work is best conducted by those who dedicate their practice to it, so I do not conduct couples therapy but would be happy to refer you to some wonderful couples counselors.

Do you do court-ordered therapy sessions? 

I do not, but I would be happy to recommend a few providers to you.

What's your email address? Can I text you?

I do not exchange emails or text messages with clients or parents. The best way to reach me is by leaving a voicemail at my office phone number listed below, and I return calls Monday through Friday within 24 hours. Please ensure that your own voicemail box is cleared as occasionally a full voicemail box has prevented me from leaving a message for clients or their families.

Do you conduct therapy sessions over the phone, instant messenger, or video chat?

I do not conduct therapy sessions over the phone or on skype as I firmly believe a significant part of the therapeutic relationship is built and maintained in the interaction that exists solely in face-to-face office visits. Additionally, face-to-face visits are the best way to ensure confidentiality is maintained.

Do you prescribe medication? Are you a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

I am a psychologist and I do not prescribe medication as it is outside the scope of my practice. I provide therapy to individuals and families to help them achieve their goals. I respect the choices some clients make to take prescribed medication to help them achieve these goals, as well as the choices some make that medications are not for them. If you like, I am happy to collaborate with any psychiatrist or prescribing practitioner that you are currently working with. Alternately, I can make recommendations if medication is something you would like to pursue.

Will you become an in-network provider for my insurance company or sign a single-case-agreement? 

I will not be pursuing additional contractual agreements with insurance providers on a single-case or broader contractual basis, but will be happy to work with you as an out-of-network provider.

What is the parking like at your building?

There is plenty of free parking in the lot directly in front of my office at the Gateway II Building

Email Dr. Miller

Brady Miller, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Gateway II Building
915 118th Ave SE #285, Bellevue, WA 98005 
Telephone 425-224-5775