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FAQ's & Fees
Are You Currently Taking New Clients?
Yes, appointments are available on weekdays from 8 am to 2 pm. You can contact me by phone or e-mail. After that initial contact, I schedule a 5-10 phone conversation to see if I am a good fit for you and that I have the area of expertise you need.
Can You Bill My Insurance?
If I am in-network for your insurance company, and if you have a diagnosable problem that is covered by your insurance plan, I will file your claim for you. You will be financially obligated to pay me any co-insurance or co-pays, or payments prior to meeting your deductible as outlined by your plan.
I currently accept the following insurance:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Magellan Behavioral Health
Out of Network
If you use an insurance plan to pay for your sessions, I may be required to provide them with notes about our sessions as a condition of their payment or reimbursement.
What If Your Services are Out of Network?
I am on many insurance panels, but your insurance may not be one that is covered. Check your insurance policy as my services for your care might be covered on an out of network basis (OON). I’ll give you a receipt to complete for your insurance carrier.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
You might be eligible for coverage by an FSA, HSA or HRA by your insurance carrier. Again, you can contact your insurance carrier or a professional in your company that handles billing.
Can I Choose to Pay Out of Pocket?
Yes and we will have a discussion in our initial session about the pros and cons. For example, some people feel more comfortable being discreet and not be part of their insurance record.Whether you use insurance or not, I will have to diagnose you with a mental illness.
You Won’t Share My Information with Others?
I uphold confidentiality required by law and by the ethics code that governs my licensure. In addition, trust in our counseling relationship is paramount to me. There are a few exceptions, however. As a mandated reporter, I am required to disclose plans to harm others or yourself. In addition, in order to participate with your insurance company, your name will be shared for financial reasons.
How Much Do Sessions Cost?
Therapy sessions: $110
Co-pays, co-insurance or deductible will be collected from you at each session.
What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?
I can take cash, personal checks, and debit and credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard. In addition, I have a PayPal account.
What if I Have to Reschedule or
Forget an Appointment?
I require clients to give at least 24 hours notice when needing to reschedule, except in situations medical or other emergency. This will be made at my discretion.
Appointments can be rescheduled by phone or email.
If you forget an appointment, you are still financially obligated for it. My no-show and late cancel are 50% of my fee. If you can reschedule for the same week, the late cancellation or missed appointment fee may be waived.
How Long are Your Sessions and
How Many Will I Need?
Sessions are typically 50-60 minutes and are usually scheduled once a week to facilitate rapport building and trust, accountability, and faster progress. It is impossible to predict how many sessions you might need before I know your history and what issues are troubling you. You and I will discuss the possibilities once we are working together.
Can I Call, Text, or Email You Between Sessions
If I Have Questions?
Between sessions I’m usually in session, but if your question is urgent you are welcome to leave a voicemail or email asking me to contact you. I may be able to answer a quick question pertaining to homework we’ve outlined for you, but more general questions, or questions about issues that you haven’t yet introduced in sessions should wait for your next appointment time. Remember that all electronic or fax transmissions may not be confidential.
What if I Have an Emergency?
Every emergency should be taken seriously. Since I'm not Crisis Counselor, I can't take emergency calls outside of business hours. However, there are very skilled medical personnel that can help you if you need immediate support.
If you have an emergency and need immediate support, there are several crisis centers throughout the city open 24 hours a day, various hospitals which are well equipped for emergencies and even the service of police at 911 if needed. It is essential that you don’t feel alone and get the quality of care you need.
What If I Need a Different Specialist?
If there is a need for a specialist in a different area than I can provide, I will help you find a referral. I have colleagues in the field with a wide range of expertise who might be a good fit for you.
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