Fees & Insurance
What are your fees?
My current fee for each 50-minute individual session is $180.00.
My current fee for each 50-minute couples therapy session is $200.00.
My current fee for each 75-minute couples therapy session is $220.00.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and credit/debit/HSA/FSA cards. Fees are paid at the beginning of every session. I use IVY Pay to process card payments. IVY Pay is a HIPAA compliant application system designed specifically for licensed therapists to hold card information confidentially.
All clients are required to have a card on file, which you can enter into IVY Pay prior to the first session. This will make billing easier for you, and the card information entered will also be used for late cancellation fees and no-show fees.
When the card entered is charged for the first time, IVY securely stores your card information for future use.
Do you have a sliding scale?
I do not offer a sliding scale option at this time because of the limited number of client hours I have. I understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and I would be happy to provide you with appropriate referrals, including the following:
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Do you accept insurance?
Since this is a private setting and not a managed care company, I do not accept reimbursement from insurance. This is mainly because I provide my clients with high-quality services without any external constraints.
However, I am able to provide a “superbill” (that will include your diagnosis) acceptable by insurance companies for an out-of-network reimbursement. The percentage of the reimbursement depends on each individual plan however, it is usually between 30% and 70% of my fee.
Things to keep in mind when using your insurance:
You must have a diagnosis for your insurance to pay for your treatment.
Billing your insurance company for mental health services creates increased limitations in confidentiality. This means that your insurance company has access to your confidential records, such as your diagnosis, issues addressed in therapy sessions, and your therapeutic progress.
Private pay clients have greater assurance of confidentiality.
Insurance companies only approve a certain number of sessions; if that, and the number of sessions approved are usually not enough to completely delve into the issues that bring my clients to see me.
Since you are an out-of-network provider, how does that work if I still decide to use my insurance?
Before we meet, I suggest you contact your health insurance provider and ask them if you have out-of-network benefits for mental health services.
Most of the insurance providers might pay between 30-70% of my fee. If that is the case, they would reimburse you directly.
At the end of every month, I will provide you with a “Superbill” that you will submit directly to your insurance for possible reimbursement.