Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral to receive services at Ryther?
No, you do not need a referral to receive outpatient services at Ryther, but a referral will be helpful for clients seeking residential treatment.
What are the payment options?
Does Ryther offer group services?
What should I bring to the first appointment and what should I expect?
Your first appointment with a Ryther provider is a chance for the provider to get to know you and your family and formulate a plan for what you want to work on. The provider will ask questions about your child’s developmental history, support system, stressors and strengths. It is helpful to bring copies of IEPs, any mental health assessments, and a copy of a parenting plan if applicable. Depending on the age of your child, families may need to plan for part of the sessions to consist of the adults meeting with the provider without the child present. Our front desk staff is able to provide minimal supervision to children so families may want to bring someone to watch the child(ren) and to keep them occupied. Remember that your first appointment is also a chance for you to get to know the provider, their experience, and make sure they are a fit for you!
How long are sessions?
The length of session depends on the type of service provided. For individual therapy, the initial appointment is 90 minutes long and follow-ups are 50 minutes. For psychiatry, the initial appointment is also 90 minutes long, but follow-ups range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. For a chemical dependency assessment, the appointment is 2 hours long including the urinalysis test. Finally, for psychological testing, the initial screen is 60 minutes long with follow-ups varying in time based on the psychometrist’s schedule.
As a current client, how do I access other services at Ryther?
As a current client, your Ryther provider must submit an internal referral recommendation in order to receive services from another program at Ryther.
What is Ryther’s refill policy on medication?
If you need a medication refill, please call Ryther’s refill hotline at (206) 985-5835. Please allow 24-48 hours for the order to process. Please note that Ryther does not do medication refills on Fridays, as there are not psychiatrists on staff that day. If the refill is for a controlled substance prescription, the refill may only be picked up at the Seattle main campus location.