Blank Children's Psychological Services
About Our Services
Blank Children's Hospital is committed to providing our patients the best physical and emotional care. Psychological services at Blank Children's is a service offered to support patients and their families experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Please discuss any concerns with your healthcare team. Your provider will make a referral and our team will determine what types of services will be best to address your concerns.
A psychology therapy or consult referral may be helpful if you observe any of the following:
Difficulties managing a medical diagnosis or treatment
Increased signs of worry, avoidance or anxiety
Worsening mood, increased irritability or sadness
Increased behavioral difficulties or noncompliance
Ongoing complaints of pain or other physical symptoms that do not resolve with intervention
Changes in behavior, interests or school
Difficulties adjusting following a loss or traumatic event
In young children, difficulties with eating, sleeping or toileting
A psychology testing referral may be helpful to obtain additional information on the following:
Attention and concentration difficulties
Autism and other developmental concerns
Changes in cognitive functioning post treatment or medical event
Your First Visit
The consultation appointment will be a 45-50 minute assessment that allows the psychologist to get to know your child and family while obtaining information about your concerns. In some situations, children will not need to be present for the first appointment. If follow-up appointments are recommended, you can expect them to range from 25-60 minutes. Please plan alternative childcare arrangements for other siblings as feasible.
Testing appointments vary based on the nature of the concerns so additional information will be provided regarding the length as these appointments are scheduled. In some cases, an initial consultation is required prior to the testing appointment.
Insurance and Billing Information
Psychological Services participates with most major insurance companies. Insurance pre-authorization will be conducted prior to your first appointment. A referral from a provider is required to initiate the preauthorization process. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to the appointment if it is not already on file. We will file the claim with your insurance company on your behalf. If you have a co-payment, it is due at the time of service. Any account balance identified as your responsibility after the insurance has been paid will be directly billed to you.
Financial aid applications, payment plans and information about pre-authorization are also available. If you have questions about your account, please contact our customer service line managed by Avadyne at 1-844-849-1260, or speak with a social worker regarding available financial options.
Heather Soyer, PsyD
Dr. Heather Soyer is a licensed pediatric psychologist within Blank Children's Psychological Services. Dr. Soyer earned her degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and now provides assessment, therapy and testing services to children and young adults. Dr. Soyer conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to assess for neurocognitive changes associated with medical illness and treatment, ADHD, learning disorders and autism. She also specializes in providing therapy services to patients and families coping with medical illness, trauma or anxiety. Dr. Soyer is trained in utilizing EMDR, CBT, ACT, hypnosis and biofeedback interventions.
Martha Early, PhD
Dr. Martha Early is a licensed pediatric psychologist within Blank Children's Psychological Services. Dr. Early earned her Ph.D. in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Early works primarily with young children (10 and under). She provides assessment for children with suspected developmental problems including autism spectrum disorder. She also provides consultation and therapy for children with behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. She has received specialized training for treatment of tic disorders, functional disorders, chronic pain and symptoms in youth of all ages. Treatment techniques include CBT, Exposure, Behavioral Parent Training, and ACT.