1. WHAT IS THE LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF OUR SESSIONS?
Standard sessions for individuals are 50 minutes and take place weekly at the beginning of therapy. Couples’ sessions are 60 minutes for the first session and 50 minutes for follow-up sessions. If your health plan or EAP covers couples therapy, a 50 minute session must be observed.
We will decide mutually when it is time to taper the frequency of our sessions. I have many clients who have tapered to an “as needed” basis after they have achieved the relief needed from the situation that brought them to therapy in the first place. Other clients wish to maintain a regular schedule and meet monthly or quarterly to keep making progress on their personal growth.
2. HOW MUCH IS THE SESSION FEE?
Individual sessions are $140 (50 minutes)
Couples sessions are $165 (60 minutes). Intensive sessions of greater length are available.
Discernment counseling is $300 initial (two hours); $225 follow-up (90 minutes)
3. DO YOU BILL INSURANCE?
Yes, I am in-network with Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Oxford and Oscar.
In order to utilize your insurance, medical necessity must be verified and a mental health diagnosis will be assigned. This is why many people opt to pay privately for counseling. It is important to note that other agencies and institutions have access to insurance files, so I am not an advocate of utilizing managed care systems for mental health purposes if it is not necessary. All managed care companies require a diagnosis, and unfortunately a psychiatric diagnosis, even something as benign as an adjustment disorder, can impede your ability to obtain life insurance or even medical insurance if you are self-employed. If it’s in your file, others have access to it. Paying privately assures your confidentiality.
Please note that individual sessions are covered by health plans. Couples sessions and discernment counseling may not be covered. However, your Employment Assistance Programs (EAP) may cover a limited number of couples sessions (50 minute sessions). Check with your Employment Assistance Program for details and authorization of services.
If you have found this page through my work with Praxis Wellness, please direct your insurance questions to the business office (727)314-2130.
5. WHAT IF I HAVE A DIFFERENT INSURANCE PLAN?
If I am not in your insurance network, it does not necessarily mean you are "out of luck" in terms of working with me. Call the customer service number for your plan to see if out-of-network benefits are offered. I'm happy to offer you a detailed superbill that you can submit to your health plan for reimbursement. Many policies have a high deductible and there may be no cost difference to you as to whether you engage an "in network" or "out of network" therapist. Please make an informed decision about the therapist who is the best fit for helping you while considering your cost.