RATES & INSURANCE
In my practice the sliding-scale goes in both directions. I have my starting standard fee, and can work with people for 50% less or more than that standard fee. I work at lower fees with people when I can because it aligns with my values to do so. I work at higher fees with people when they can because they want to support my capacity to keep on lower-fee and pro-bono clients.
I am an out-of-network provider and do not work directly with my client’s insurance billing or reimbursement. Most out of network plans will cover anywhere from 40-100% of the cost of our sessions. How it works is, you pay me directly, I provide you with a superbill statement each month, which you then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You may want to ask the following questions of your insurance provider to limit any surprises or misunderstandings about your coverage:
- Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? How much is it and how much has been met?
- What percentage of the therapy fee is covered?
- Is there a maximum amount covered per session?
- How many sessions are covered per year?
- Do you reimburse at a different rate for 60 minute sessions and 45minute session?
WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
As long as we are entirely remote, I keep the card of your choosing on file to process the billing through my HIPPA compliant billing software system.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Clients are responsible for paying for all scheduled sessions. If cancellation occurs 48 hours or more before the appointment, I will make every effort possible to reschedule the missed session before the next scheduled session. Clients are responsible for paying the full fee for the session if the cancellation is less than 48 hours or unable to be rescheduled.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
Sessions are scheduled either once or more each week, depending on the level of support you feel is needed, or to facilitate the pace in the work that you would prefer.
HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?
All sessions are 50 minutes long.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A FIRST SESSION?
Simply put: therapy is about you and your needs. It is inherently different from talking to your loved ones because it is solely about you. You don’t have to censor yourself to preserve our relationship or to protect me from your thoughts, feelings, or pain. I am not afraid of your pain, and if you can make me blush I just might give you a free session. Together, we will explore hopes and goals you’d like to achieve in our work together, as well as the challenges you are facing that make it less than easy to do so.
IS MY INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL?
Communications between a client and their therapist are completely confidential. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. I am required by law to report to the authorities the following circumstances:
-If I suspect that an individual may be involved in child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.
-If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
-If a client intends to harm themselves. I will make every effort to work with my clients to insure their safety. However, if a client doesn’t honor our safety contracts, additional measures may need to be taken.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO PHONE CALLS FOR OUR SESSIONS?
There are some instances when attending therapy that technology fails us. Either one of us could have difficulties. If we cannot get a good enough connection on Doxy.me, the HIPPA compliant video software that I use, we can choose whether it is better to continue with a voice call or to reschedule for another time.
Online therapy isn’t the most ideal for everyone, and you are always welcome to talk about what’s unpleasant about it, and what you miss about attending therapy in an office during your sessions.