$150 – 50-minute Initial Evaluation
$120 – 50-minute follow-up psychotherapy session
$170 – 80-minute follow-up psychotherapy session
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment.
Cancellations and No-shows
If you must cancel or reschedule an appointment, I require at least 24-hour notice (weekends not included). If your appointment is on a Monday, the cancellation must be made by the same hour on the preceding Friday. Cancellations that occur with less than 24-hour notice or failure to show to an appointment will be charged the full fee for the session.
As a self-pay practice, I do not accept insurance. I am not an in-network provider with any insurance, nor do I work directly with insurance.
Three Reasons I Don’t Take Insurance
My mission as a therapist is to help you grow and change in a safe environment, where your confidentiality and goals for growth are protected. Counseling can be a vulnerable experience, and aspects of working with insurance companies may undermine the safe environment I fiercely seek to protect. These are the reasons why I do not accept insurance:
Reason #1: It’s Not Confidential
Insurance companies require use of an Electronic Medical Records system if I take insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services records HIPAA violations, and have recorded up to 3.1 million violations in a single year from Electronic Medical Records. If I were to work with insurance companies, I would be required to disclose information to a third-party insurance or technology company (for the Electronic Medical Records), and this creates increased risk of your information being compromised. Additionally, if you ever need a federal background check, or for a variety of other reasons, a diagnosis may be disclosed through your insurance company. I want you to have the most confidential counseling!
Reason #2: You Have to Be Diagnosed
In order to have insurance cover counseling, I have to diagnose you. Even if it’s not appropriate, there has to be a diagnosis. For example, if someone comes in for counseling for help adjusting to a new life event, or for help creating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, for it to be covered by insurance, he/she would need to have a label. I don’t think you should have a mental health diagnosis on your permanent medical record. I, along with many therapist colleagues, feel everyone should have access to counseling, not just those who qualify for a diagnosis. I want you to get help without having to have a diagnosis.
Reason #3: They Decide Your Treatment
Insurance companies decide treatment. They determine the number of sessions and the frequency. I believe this should be a collaborative decision between you and your therapist. Sometimes you need shorter sessions or longer ones. Maybe you need them twice per week or once per month. My clients enjoy the freedom to choose what treatment is best along with their therapist. I want you to get the best quality of counseling treatment!