METHODS OF PAYMENT
For your convenience I accept checks, Mastercard and VISA debit and credit cards. Flexible spending account cards are also accepted in the office. There will be an extra $3 fee if you pay with a credit/debit/flex card. Payment for services is due at the time of the session.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I am "out of network" with most insurance companies. It is common for you to have a deductible as well as a copay. I will provide you with a billable receipt to submit to your insurance. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to determine your out of network mental health benefits. I will be adding a few insurance companies where I will be in-network after January 1, 2017. Stay posted.
SHOULD I USE INSURANCE OR SELF-PAY?
There are some important facts to know about mental health insurance:
Insurance companies often determine the type of treatment and number of session that will be allowed. If you want a different type of treatment or different pace for sessions, the insurance company will not continue to cover the sessions. If insurance pays for treatment, the insurance company may view all therapy notes at anytime. Your personal information becomes a permanent record that can be viewed by auditors.
Every insurance claim must include a diagnostic code. That is like saying everyone who sees their general practitioner must be diagnosed with a cold, at least, when they may or may not have one. Therapists use the Diagnostic Statistic Manual for diagnosing. Though the DSM provides guidelines for diagnosis, coding by the practitioner is somewhat subjective. I collaborate with my client when giving a diagnostic code, but not all providers discuss the diagnosis with their clients.
FAQ'S AND QUESTIONS
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE FIRST VISIT?
Please download the new patient forms from the 'FORMS' page and bring the completed forms to your first appointment. It is helpful for you to arrive 10 minutes early to your first appointment if you have not already printed and filled out forms. We will make paperwork available to you in the lobby if you request it. Helpful pieces of information include a list of your current medications.
The first session includes assessment and evaluation of current needs and includes taking a client's history. It is a time for you and I to get to know each other and start the journey of change together.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?
Most sessions are 45 minutes to 50 minutes. I utilize the last 10-15 minutes of each hour to plan and track progress of care. This allows me to skillfully assess the process to be sure you are receiving the highest benefit from our time.
WHAT IS THE COST?
If you are planning to use your out of network insurance benefit, my insurance rates are $120 for the initial evaluation and $100 per session after that. Once your deductible has been met you will then just pay your co-pay amount (usually $20-$40).
If you choose self-pay, I offer a sliding fee scale based on income. Please contact me for further information.