Professional Fees and Payment: The hourly fee for my services is $100 per 50 minute session. Telephone conversations, site visits, report writing and reading, consultation with other professionals, release of information, reading records, longer sessions, travel time, etc. will be charged at the same rate, unless indicated and agreed upon otherwise.
Payment is expected prior to time of service. Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted forms of payment. In an effort to ensure prompt payment for service, you can book sessions through our secure website. Once a session is booked, you will receive a receipt and confirmation of the appointment time by email. It will also include a map to the office location. For those booking an online session, a link will be sent to your email, to use at the designated session time. It will include a link to the secure HIPAA compliant video platform if an online session has been scheduled.
Security: Payments are processed through our secure website, which has a valid SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. The payment gateway used is PayPal, which provides the highest level of security for credit card transactions. Your credit card details are automatically deleted upon the completion of your order. If you are uncomfortable using your credit card online, I also accept cash, check or money order.
Cancellation Policy: All appointments canceled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours remaining prior to session are subject to a non-refundable $50.00 fee at my discretion.
Late Arrivals: You can expect your appointment to start and end at the scheduled time. If you arrive late to your appointment, you will be seen for any time that is remaining, but lost time cannot be made up at that visit. An exception is that clients with a 50-minute appointment who are 30 or more minutes late will not be seen and need to be rescheduled. A missed appointment fee will apply in that case. If you expect to be late, please let me know as soon as possible by leaving a phone message or contact me by email.
Insurance: I am considered an out-of-network provider with all health plans. I can assist you in submitting your insurance claim to your insurer by providing you the universal claim form (CMS-1500). This form provides all the information you need to submit the claim yourself. To determine if you have mental health coverage, please check with your insurance carrier. You may need to ask:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the covered amount allowed per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan allow?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Do I need approval (prior-authorization) from my primary care physician before I can start?
Where am I allowed to have the sessions (such as in-home, in office, or online)?
What do I need to submit to get reimbursed?
If choice, flexibility, confidentiality and autonomy are important to you, you should consider the value of paying for your own sessions. Also, as you pay for sessions yourself, your commitment to the time, and motivation to work within each session will be greatly increased.
If you need a payment that fits your unique circumstances and budget, ask about…
Adjusting the frequency and/or length of appointments
Purchasing a package of sessions
A sliding scale based on your income