Therapy Fees per session:
Therapy Fees per session:
The cost of each session is $180.00.
The cost of each session is $200.00.
*Therapy fees are due at the time of each sessions.
To learn more about why therapy costs a certain fee, please visit: Why does therapy cost so much?
Due to numerous insurance restrictions, I only take United Healthcare. No other insurance plans are accepted. To read more about insurance limitations please read below. If you are wanting an appointment and will be using your United Healthcare benefit, please let me know when inquiring about therapy services. Please bare in mind that therapy is NOT guaranteed with medical insurance coverage, for most insurance plans to cover your therapy session fees you must meet what insurance companies call, "medical necessity." This means that you will also need to have a mental health diagnosis for your insurance to cover sessions.
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Information about insurance:
It is the policy of my practice not to accept insurance due to certain risks to you the client. For more information please read below:
There are many limitations that are placed on your treatment when using health insurance, many insurance companies do not cover treatment for couples counseling, bereavement, or transitional life issues. They require that a person be diagnosed with a DSM V diagnosis, and while at times that is necessary, a DSM V diagnosis can at times affect you if you are applying for certain kinds of employment or going through certain kinds of background screening. A diagnosis follows you for life and will become part of your medical record, many people therefore prefer not to use their insurance coverage for this reason.
LOSS OF CONTROL OF YOUR TREATMENT:
The work between client and clinician is best guided when it is between the client and clinician, when using insurance, third parties become involved who have to approve your treatment. Control over your treatment is taken out of your hands and placed in the hands of third parties that you will never meet you. Another downfall to using your health insurance is that you lose agency over picking the therapist that you want, when working with your health insurance provider you must work with a therapist who is paneled with your health insurance. This means that is takes options away from working with a therapist that has certain specializations.
LOSS OF CONFIDENTIALITY:
It is important to know that because of the third party involvement from your insurance company your confidentiality can not be guaranteed due to the paperwork that is required by your insurance company which contains your private information. The paperwork containing your private information can pass through various hands before reaching it's destination which puts your confidentiality at stake.
POSSIBLE REJECTION FROM LIFE INSURANCE:
Certain life insurances will deny coverage to a person who has used their health coverage for treatment, that is because when using your health coverage for mental health treatment even if it for something like bereavement confidentiality is not guaranteed and it becomes part of your life long medical record, therefore life insurances can obtain this information. When paying fee for service for a therapist confidentiality is ensured against insurance companies.
Therapy may be an added cost, it maybe seen as expensive, and while that is understandable, I believe therapy is an investment in yourself. When you provide yourself with the care and support you need you really are telling yourself that you are worth it, and you are.
PPO Coverage - Some PPOs do cover out of network providers, in those cases I can provide you with a receipt to return to your PPO for partial reimbursement however it is of your own choosing if you wish to use your PPO coverage.
Tax Write Off- Out of Pocket fees for therapy can be used as a write off for tax purposes, I can provide you with a receipt of your fees for tax purposes.