Rates & Insurance
How much will this cost? Do you take my insurance?
How much will this cost?
Fees will vary based on the length and type of session:
Initial Phone Consultation (up to 20 minutes) - Free
Initial/First Appointment Intake Session (75-90 minutes) - $200
Individual Session (50-55 minutes) - $130
Individual Session (56-74 minutes) - $180
Individual Session (75-90 minutes) - $200
Payments can be made in cash, debit/credit cards or HSA/FSA account.
Can I use my health insurance?
At this time, I do not take insurance. I can provide you with a Superbill to submit to your insurance for possible out of network benefits. Please call your insurance company to find out what your out of network benefits are.
Why don't you take insurance?
About Taking Insurance
When mental health therapists work with insurance companies, the insurance companies have a lot of control. And information. They require a mental health diagnosis in order to pay for sessions, and while you may have a diagnosis (not everyone who comes to therapy does). Being that many people go to therapy to repair relationships, recover from a traumatic experience, or just generally to improve their lives, finding a diagnosis is often not applicable. As frustrating as this can be for clients, it would be unethical for a therapist to diagnose someone with a mental illness that they don’t really have, just for the sake of using insurance and doing so can result in the therapist losing their license. I like to maintain confidentiality – even from insurance companies. Reporting to insurance companies also means that your mental health diagnosis can become part of your permanent medical record.
In addition to your treatment being permanently filed, health insurance companies have access to the type of treatment that you receive and what your progress has been. Any details and private information that your therapist has, your insurance company would have. If an insurance company decides to do an audit on your records in an attempt to prevent fraud, they would have access to details about what happened during each of your therapy sessions and other private details that patients would normally prefer to be left confidential.
Insurance companies will only cover things they determine are medically necessary and may dictate how many sessions and how long the sessions are. For example, even with a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, some insurance companies will not pay for a session if EMDR is utilized even though SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (2011) cites EMDR as evidence-based practice for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms.
I can, however; provide you with a Superbill that you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement. You would need to clarify with your insurance company if you qualify for this under your plan and what deductibles may need to be met first. I can, and do, take FSA and HSA cards for payment, so that you can use your pretax dollars to pay for your therapy.