I provide complimentary 30 minute initial phone, video or in-person consultations. This provides us a chance to discuss your reasons for seeking counseling and for me to answer any questions you have about therapy.
My current rate for therapy is $140 for a 55 minute session. I accept all major credit cards, personal checks, Zelle, and cash. Payment is due at the end of each session.
I do not accept insurance and cannot work to directly receive payment from them. I cannot accept clients with medicaid due to mental health laws. I do accept limited third party payers such as victims compensation on occasion.
Many of my clients pay for services through Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, or other employer programs which do not require a diagnosis or limit services in any way. This would allow counseling to be tax free.
Your insurance may provide partial reimbursement for out-of-network counseling, depending on your plan. I am happy to provide you with the information necessary to receive reimbursement (a superbill) if your insurance accepts it. Please check directly with them about this possibility.
By not pursuing counseling through an insurance company, you are able to maintain control over the type, frequency, and length of treatment that meets your needs best, as opposed to what is dictated by your insurance company, who often place limits on treatment. Additionally, any mental health diagnosis (if warranted) and treatment information is not shared with your insurance company. This allows us to work collaboratively and privately on your concerns in environment that is about you, not about your insurance carriers coverage limits or preferred methods of treatment.
Additionally, paying privately gives you control over your medical records. A mental health diagnosis (which is required to use insurance) can have in impact on you later in life, such as when seeking life insurance, enlisting in the military, seeking security clearance for government related work, professional licenses, or during a custody dispute. Paying privately for your treatment grants you greater privacy.