Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Are The Sessions?

  • Individual sessions are 50 minutes.
  • Couple/Family sessions 60 minutes.
  • Extended time is prorated based on the hourly fee. 

How Much Will Each Session Cost?

  • Please inquire about the fee by calling me or emailing me.
  • Before contacting me or any other therapist, I recommend you figure out how much you can afford to pay weekly (keeping in mind that some months have 5 weeks). 
  • Lastly, I encourage every person to inquire if a reduce fee or sliding scale is available. 
  • Sliding scale or reduced sessions fees are provided with the agreement to meet weekly. If client decides to reduce weekly sessions to biweekly (or less) then client will pay the full fee of session.

Which Payments Are Accepted?

  • I accept credit cards, debit cards, FSA / HSA cards, cash, checks and money orders.

Do You Accept Insurance?

  • I currently do not accept insurance, however I can provide an invoice, or "superbill" with the appropriate code for insurance submission, per request. I recommend you contact your insurance and confirm if they will cover "out-of-network" invoice or "superbill." 

 

Services may be covered in part by your health insurance. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

 

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • Am I covered for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • Are "telehealth" visits (phone and video sessions) covered in addition to face-to-face visits?  *Note: Not all insurance companies cover for this, so it's important to ask. It's important to note that some insurance providers which had been honoring telehealth during COVID may be changing their policies and may reimburse less or not at all for telehealth as COVID restrictions ease. It is your responsibility to find out what your policy covers and any changes they make along the way that affect your reimbursement.

What is the Good Faith Estimate (GFE)?

 

  • Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. 
  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. 
  • You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.
  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
  • For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call the Help Desk at 1-800-985-3059 for more information. TTY users can call 1-800-985-3059.

What If I Need To Cancel or Reschedule?

  • I have a 36-hour cancellation policy. If you miss, cancel your appointment with less than 36 hours notice, you will be a flat fee of $75. Please understand you and I are both investing in your health, so if you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, we both will miss out in some way or another. 
  • You will have the opportunity to make-up the appointment within the same day or week and there will be no charge. Make-ups depend on my availability. If we cannot find a time that works then you will be charged the cancellation fee.

 

Third time rule: 

  • If you cancel your sessions 3 consecutive times, I cannot guarantee that you'll have the same slot unless this is planned and discussed ahead of time (i.e vacation and/or business trips). Also, if you need 
  • If you are arriving late, please call or text me. 
  • If you cannot meet-in person but can have a phone or video session during your appointment time please call / text me. 
  • If you need to reschedule your appointment within 36 hours prior to the start time of your session, after 3 times anytime during the calendar year you will be charged your session fee plus $20 for the accommodation.

How Often Will We Meet?

  • Therapy is most beneficial when there's consistency and continuity, so I meet with clients weekly.

Will My Therapist Be Angry If I Switch To Another Practitioner?

  • The answer to this question is no. I am a professional and I have your best interest at heart. Any decision to switch therapists can be explored and I would like to have the opportunity to do so with you. 

How Long Will I Be In Therapy?

  • As much as I would like to give you a direct answer, it's helpful to remember that therapy is not a linear process. In my experience, therapy generally lasts anywhere from 6 months to a few years. The likelihood of you gettiing what you need out of therapy as quickly as possible really depends on a variety of factors such as complexity of issue(s), the time and effort put in, and other unforseen elements. My goal is that our work together helps you feel empowered to make decisions that feel right for you. 

Does Therapy Involve Physical Touch?

  • The use of touch varies. Some therapists may pat or hug a patient as a sign of support or comfort. Physical touch is powerful and should NEVER be sexualized. Kissing, excessive touching and sexual activity have no place in therapy.