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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 you have a diagnosable problem that is covered by your insurance plan, and if I am on the panel for your insurance company, 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 can currently accept the following insurance:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Magellan Behavioral Health
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Late Cancelation and No Show Fees
I require a payment of 50% of my fee if either of these occur.
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. Additionally, 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. 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 any plans to harm others or yourself.
How Much Do Sessions Cost?
Therapy sessions: $110
Career counseling: $110
Co-pays, co-insurance or deductible will be collected from you at each session.
Career Counseling cannot be billed to your insurance as it is solely for career purposes. Many people seeking Career Counseling, however, find that there are underlying mental health issues that have stemmed from career issues. In that case, if the mental health issue is causing a marked decrease in functioning in your career/job, I must make a judgment to determine if insurance may be used.
What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?
I can take cash, personal checks, and debit and credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard.
What if My Check Bounces or
my Credit Card is Denied?
Appointments will not be held when you owe for two or more sessions. If you check bounces or your credit card is denied, I will notify you immediately, and you are expected to pay for that session before the next scheduled appointment.
In the situation of a bounced check, I can take replacement payment in the form of cash or credit card. You will also be charged a $35 bounced check fee.
When a credit card is denied it is often because of an incorrect number or an expiration date. You will be contacted and expected to provide corrected information or a new card.
If a transaction with a debit card is denied, payment is possible by cash, credit card.
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. 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. I’ll discuss the possibilities with you 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.
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.
Are There Issues or People You Don’t Work With?
I refer out on several issues due to the limits of my license, training and interests. I work with adults from 18 and older. I find that issues listed below are best for me to refer out. This includes court mandated individuals, sex offenders, domestic violence and persons with addictions.