Scheduling an Appointment
I see clients evenings and Saturdays, excluding major holidays. Please email or call and leave a message with your preferred appointment times. Please contact me by phone if you wish to discuss confidential information before scheduling your appointment. I will return calls within 24 hours and would be happy to schedule a no-charge 15-minute phone consultation.
My rates are the same for individuals and couples. The initial evaluation is $150 for a 60-minute session, and follow-up therapy sessions are $120 for a 50-minute session. If you would like to extend sessions and I do not have another appointment following yours, I will extend your session at a pro-rated amount.
You may be reimbursed by your insurance company using out of network benefits – see below.
If you have financial concerns, call or email and ask about reduced rates for self-pay. We’ll work out a solution. Don’t let money worries be the reason you don’t get the help you or your child need!
Payment methods and Cancellation Policy
Our office accepts all major debit and credit cards, including payments from HSA and FSA plans. Payment is due at the beginning of your appointment. Cancellations and appointment changes must be made at least 24 hours (1 Business Day) in advance to avoid paying for the full cost of the missed session.
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. We are considered an out-of-network provider. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health / behavioral health benefits?
- If so, what is covered under these benefits? How many sessions per year are covered and how many are remaining?
- What is my deductible and has it been met? What is my coverage for out-of-network providers?
- Is a referral needed and if so, how do I obtain one?
Payment is due in full at the time of your appointment. If you would like to file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement, we would be pleased to provide you with a superbill upon request.
Some of our clients do not have mental health coverage or prefer not to use insurance benefits. Why, you might ask, would someone not use insurance if they have it? A few common reasons are:
- Confidentiality – if you plan to file with insurance, I will need to provide the insurance company with one or more diagnosis codes related to the reason you’re seeking therapy. The insurance company also has access to your file and treatment notes.
- Reasons for Therapy & Future Implications – many people desire therapy because they are seeking personal growth or exploration, and not because they have a serious mental illness. However, a diagnosis is necessary for insurance to reimburse for the treatment and authorize continued sessions. This may have unintended consequences (e.g. pre-existing condition).
- Treatment Limitations and Decisions – when insurance companies reimburse for treatment, they usually limit treatment to a specified number of sessions, and/or certain method of treatment. To extend treatment, they will require detailed information from your therapy record, regarding your symptoms and progress. This puts your treatment decisions in the hands of the insurance company, with individuals who may not be therapists, who don’t know you personally, and whose goals are driven by reducing costs. When we work without insurance, we can work together to determine what’s best for you, without artificial constraints and with a mutual understanding of your situation and needs.
Consider using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for therapy. Paying with pre-tax dollars helps defray the total cost of therapy. Check with your plan for eligibility requirements.
Sliding scale fees are available on a limited basis, for clients experiencing financial hardship. Please contact me by phone at 404-994-1034 to discuss alternatives.