Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
- Standard counseling/consultation session (45 minute) - $190 for new clients
- Intake appointment (1 hour, 15 minutes) - $300
- Sessions of other lengths - prorated fee based on the standard session rate
- Payment accepted by check, credit card or HSA/FSA card
- Cancellations and missed appointments with less than 24 hours notice are charged the regular fee.
- If cost is an issue, let me know. I am sometimes able to offer a reduced fee slot during off hours.
How does insurance reimbursement work?
I can provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your provider if you decide to seek out-of-network insurance reimbursement. The extent of reimbursement varies. Find out your specifics. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
- Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- What is the amount I would be reimbursed for an out-of-network therapy session?
- Do I need pre-authorization before I start therapy?
Insurance companies require a diagnosis in order to process your request for reimbursement. They do not cover all of the concerns that may bring a person to therapy, or all of the services psychologists typically provide.
Phone consults, whether with you, your medical doctor or psychiatrist, are not typically covered. If this will be an issue for you, please raise it with me.
How does the first appointment work?
The first appointment is an initial consultation. This meeting serves as both an orientation and a get-to-know-you. I will be curious to meet you and to hear more about what you're looking for help with.
The initial appointment is typically longer (75 minutes) than usual weekly sessions (45 minutes). Of course you are welcome to ask me any questions. You may want to bring some notes on thoughts to share. If you have been in therapy before, please let me know what about it worked well for you or didn't.
If we decide to move forward, we will set up a time for a follow up appointment. If not, I will do my best to provide you with referrals to other providers who seem like they may be better suited to help you.
The next 2-3 sessions are a period of initial assessment. They are devoted to getting know you and your treatment needs better so we can identify your goals in therapy.
Goodness of fit between client and therapist plays a big role in how helpful counseling can be. The initial appointments help us both get a read on how well suited we seem to be to work together.