For clients who choose to private pay, my hourly rate is $150, prorated for longer or shorter sessions.
I currently accept Anthem BCBS and Jefferson County Medicaid (CCHA) insurances.
In order for therapy to be covered by insurance, there must be an “identified client” (IC). This person is clear in individual therapy, but for family therapy one person needs to be designated as the IC. The IC MUST qualify for and be diagnosed with a mental health disorder using the DSM-V for insurance to cover services. This is because insurance companies will only pay for services that they deem to be “medically necessary” and there can be no medical necessity if there is no mental health diagnosis. In family work, this means that the treatment must be centered on the IC’s diagnosis and how the family dynamics are impacting that diagnosis. Insurance companies can deny payment for services if that do not find medical necessity and can even recoup payment for services at a later date. If this occurs, the client is always responsible for payment. It is for these reasons and more that many therapists choose not to accept insurance. I have chosen to do so because I understand that many people seeking therapy have legitimate mental health diagnoses and could not otherwise afford to be treated for those diagnoses.
including co-pays or coinsurance – is due at the beginning of our session. I keep a credit card on file securely through my EHR, Simple Practice, and charge the card on file at time of session for any money owed for that session. This saves time at every session allowing the maximum time for therapy work. For parents who would like to split the fee, I can easily keep 2 cards on file and split the fee each session.
I have a 24hr cancellation policy. If you do not provide at least 24hrs notice to cancel you will be responsible for a $100 for cancellations within 24hrs of appointment time and $125 for a no showed appointment (or cancellation within 1 hour of appointment). I will reschedule a no-show or late cancelled intake one time, but the client is responsible for reaching out to initiate the rescheduling process.
Frequency of Meetings
Though most people do attend therapy weekly, it is certainly not necessary or possible for everyone. I would be glad to see you as frequently or infrequently as you find helpful (or, if using insurance, as much as can be proved to be medically necessary).
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!