- $100 / 50-minute session
- $100 / 50-minute Walk & Talk Therapy session
- $150 / 50-minute session on SATURDAY (limited offerings)
- $150 / 90-minute session
- $100 Late-cancellation or No-Show fee
Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted as forms of payment. As of June 1, 2018, a $5 service charge will be applied to all credit card payments.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged the $100 late-cancellation fee.
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 HIPPAA violations, and have recorded up to 24,000 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, want to be a pilot, or for a variety of other reasons, a diagnosis can 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, they 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!