Important Information Regarding Self Pay vs. Insurance
At this time, I accept clients who wish to self-pay as well as am in-network provider for a select few number of insurance companies. Even if you have benefits with the insurance companies I am in-network with, you have the right to opt out of utilizing your benefits. I work with several clients who have insurance, but choose not to use their benefits and here is why:
Benefits of Self-Pay:
You are in control of your care: Even if you have mental health benefits, when using insurance, sometimes you are restricted to who you can see, or have a limited number of sessions you are able to utilize per year. By not using benefits, you are free to go to whoever you want for however long you want.
Increased privacy and confidentiality
No psychiatric diagnosis: if you choose to file with insurance, I must give you a valid psychiatric diagnosis, which can negatively impact you in some ways. If you would like to learn more about this, please don't hesitate to ask me and I can explain further. Bottom line: no insurance involvement = no psychiatric diagnosis on your medical record.
Freedom to talk about whatever you have going on: You have the autonomy to consult with me on non-psychiatric issues that are important to you that aren't billable by insurance: relationship issues, developing personal insight, coping with life changes, developing healthy new skills.
Benefits of Insurance:
Reduced cost of services: Fees can range from $0-$80 depending on your mental health benefits. More on this under "Insurance Rates" below.
At this time, I am an in-network provider for:
BlueCross Blue Shield
I offer the complementary service of having your benefits verified for you prior to your first appointment so that you know an estimate of what payment you will be responsible for at the time of your appointment. Please note that not all insurance verifications are 100% accurate -- I never know the exact amount due until the claim has been processed by your insurance company.
While fees are subject to change, currently I provide 50-minute individual counseling sessions at $105 per session, with the first intake session being $120. While it's common for most therapists to charge more for their intake session, here is how I am different.
I always consider what I would look for in a therapist when implementing my systems. I know I sure as heck wouldn't want to arrive 15/20 minutes early to an appointment I already took time off of work, school, family, Netflix, whatever - for, to fill out paperwork. I do not want to make this "just another appointment" for you.
I knew I had to create a better system to make it worth your while for you to complete the necessary paperwork, all the while showing you that I value the time you put into it. I conveniently have all of my paperwork online for you to complete in the comfort of your own home. I require all new clients to complete their paperwork at least 48 hours prior to their first appointment so that I have plenty of time to read and digest your intake paperwork prior to your session, as well as verify your insurance benefits for you, if applicable. I care about what you wrote on those forms, because I know it means something to you, so I don't take that part of my job lightly.
Payment Due at Session
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment. I require each client, self-pay or insurance, to have a credit card stored on file through the HIPAA-compliant Simple Practice system that I use. All cards must have sufficient funds on them at time of session. No payment plans are provided.
If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, you must make modifications or cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!