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Rates, Office Hours & Insurance

Rates

Individual Counseling/Therapy:
First initial consultation session: 
$155 (75 minute session).


Standard session:
$115 (50 minute session).
$175 (75 minute session).



 

Couples Counseling/Therapy:
First initial consultation session: 
$175 (75 minute session).

Standard session:
*$140 (50 minute session).
*$215 (75 minute session).
*same fee for individual breakout sessions (having a session with one of the partners)

 

**Intensive sessions available (lasting more than 75 minutes) please inquire.

Why does the initial consultation session cost more?
This is common among most health professionals. The initial session is longer in length to allow more information to be exchanged (your current concerns, reviewing policies, intakes and the counseling process, as well as deciding on course of action). As part of the initial consultation session additional time is spent outside of session time to establish your file, evaluate information collected, review assessments when applicable, and to initiate a treatment plan.

Why does couples counseling cost more than individual counseling?
Couples counseling is more complex because two individuals and their interactions are involved in the counseling process. The focus is on the relationship, while taking in account two individual's perspectives, desires, and presenting issues. Also, more time outside of the session is involved in the assessment and treatment planning. 



Office Hours
Tues 9am-5pm  Wed 8am-5pm  Thurs 9am-6pm  Fri 9am-5pm

Insurance
I DO NOT accept insurance. I am a fee-for-service provider.

Privacy concerns using Insurance:
Please note that whenever insurance is used, personal information such as your diagnosis(a mental disorder) which insurance companies require for processing payment, as well as; treatment plans, reports of progress and other personal information becomes available to your insurance company and at times to employers. This information may be passed on even without your consent. The diagnosis and your mental health records will now become a part of your overall medical records and the information contained therefore becomes a permanent part of your records. A diagnosis requirement is one that meets "medical necessity" (a term used to describe whether or not a procedure/treatment is needed to assure a person's health). Although having a mental health diagnosis may not be of concern for many individuals it is important to realize that any diagnosis becomes part of your permanent medical record and could have an adverse affect on obtaining future medical coverage, life insurance, disability benefits and for some career opportunities. The burden of proof whether counseling is a medical necessity may be then on the client or clinician. I am then required to provide them with a report of your progress and they may expect a treatment plan and influence that plan. Managed care organizations often ask and require detail information about patients in order to make payment decisions.
Paying for therapy directly assures that confidentiality is not compromised and that insurance companies are not influencing your therapy.


Payment
cash, check, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover), debit cards and Flexible Health Plan or Health Savings Account cards where these may be processed as a credit card are accepted. Payment is due at the time of the appointment.

Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session, however, I am understanding of emergency situations such as illness.

Contact
Questions? Please
contact me for further information.