+ Whats the benefits of going to counseling?
- improved communication and interpersonal skills
- greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
- ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits
- better expression and management of emotions, including anger
- relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- increased confidence and decision-making skills
- ability to manage stress effectively
- improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
+ How much is the fee for out-of-pocket sessions?
A typical weekly session is $125 for individual therapy. Packages are available: 12 weeks for $1450 or 8 weeks for $980 or 4 weeks for $495. Family therapy sessions are $150 at this time, family is whoever you define that to be (limit for 4 people in a session).
+ Do you offer paperwork for out of network benefits?
I am happy to provide you with a detailed receipt that can be submitted to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement.
+ Why would I want to use out of netwrk benefits?
Insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis be added to your permanent medical record before approving services. Many of my patients are suffering despite not meeting criteria for an official diagnosis.
Insurance companies often restrict the length of treatment and the type of services that can be offered and require lengthy discussions, reviews, and documentation to support the psychologist's clinical judgment.
In-network insurance providers agree to allow auditors to review your therapy records. I am committed to confidentiality and prefer to not have non-clinical auditors reviewing your records any time they want. I also have concerns about insurance companies being the target for data breaches as we've seen with Equifax and the U.S. government.
Many insurance plans have in-network mental health deductibles that are so high it won't save you any money to stay in network, so why not see someone of your own choosing who is out-of-network?
The fees insurance companies allow for psychotherapy are often less than half of the actual cost for therapy. My fees are typical for the Colorado and Florida area. I encourage you to check the independent nonprofit FAIR Health for your ZIP code and the procedure code 90837 to see the actual cost of therapy.
+ How long does it take?
Each session is 50 minutes in duration. The amount of sessions depends on your wants and needs, however I do ask that clients attended more than the initial intake session. I typically have clients start weekly and move them to bi-weekly as they progress and then monthly until sessions can be terminated based the progress and mental health of the client.
+ What do I need to bring to the first session?
The Informed Consent package and your form of payment/insurance form which I will email you when you schedule your first appointment.
+ What types of payments are accepted?
Cash, or credit card, and HSA.
+ What Insurances are accepted?
Cigna, Beacon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, UMR
+ What would we talk about?
Everyone is different, and your sessions would be tailored to your needs and wants. Sessions typcially center around your emotions, self-esteem, conflict resolution, social skills, boundary setting, and processing issues that are related to your mental health.
+ Do I have to come to the office for a session?
Its not 100% necessary, I offer counseling via Theranest (an online video service that is completely confidential). Prior to each session you'll receive an email link from the provider to help you connect to the session. Find out more on the Online/Virtual Therapy page.
+ Why don’t you accept all insurances?
If I do not accept your insurance and you'd like to pay out of pocket I can create a "superbill" which is an invoice that shows all of your sessions, you'd submit it to your insurance and it would go towards your deductible.