This is my first time in therapy
How long does therapy take?
Treatment length varies depending on your goals and circumstances. Some clients find relief after the first few sessions, and decide to end treatment inside of eight sessions. Many notice a shift in their mood within ten sessions. Therapy is about dealing with the issues that are in front of you, your relationships, and your thoughts, emotions, physiology, and behaviors.
How much do you charge?
Each visit is between $150 and $250, depending on your annual salary. Most of my clients pay less than $50 per visit once their out-of-network deductible is met. I am happy to offer you a quote of what you would be responsible for paying after your free phone consultation.
What types of payment do you take?
Cash. Check. Venmo. Zelle. Credit card (fees apply).
Do you take health insurance?
Yes, I process your health insurance as an out-of-network provider (or out-of-pocket, as you prefer). PPO insurances often have out-of-network benefits, which means that a significant portion of your fee is covered once your deductible is met. Once your deductible is met, you are only responsible for paying the co-insurance.
If you have an HMO insurance, it unfortunately does not offer any benefits outside of its provider network, which means you would have to pay me out-of-pocket.
Do I need to submit any paperwork to my insurance to get a reimbursement?
Ordinarily, yes. However, I submit all of my clients’ billing paperwork to their health insurance carriers, and interface with their representatives as needed. My clients appreciate this on many fronts — they do not have to deal with their insurance carrier or submit any paperwork. Also, you are only responsible for paying for your co-insurance, as opposed to paying the full fee, submitting your receipts to your insurance, and waiting for your reimbursement.
Important practice considerations
What do I do if I arrive late or need to cancel an appointment?
Unfortunately, I would not be able to offer you additional time beyond our agreed appointment time. That said, I would prepare to make the most of your scheduled time. If you expect to be late or unable to come in for a scheduled appointment, please notify by email or text me as you are able.
Thoughts on collaborating with psychiatrists, physicians, and any other care providers?
I’m happy to do so! I work with psychiatrists, physicians, health coaches, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors on a daily basis. It gives me another perspective on your concerns, which can lead to a more accurate diagnosis, a better formulation of the issue, and a cohesive and thoughtful treatment. And to this end, I allocate a few hours each week for these conversations.
This also works in the other direction. Once I’ve completed your evaluation and assessment, I’ll have a clearer sense of whether you may be able to address some of your concerns through a different treatment — a psychiatric consultation for an issue that requires immediate relief, physical therapy for acute or chronic pain, or a nutritionist for healthy and intuitive eating strategies. I’m happy to offer you referrals to such providers who come regarded through my professional network.