Because I believe you should be empowered to make your own mental health care decisions, independent of diagnosis and restrictions from insurance companies, I only accept direct payment for services provided.
My standard rate for 60 minute therapy sessions is $130. I charge $90/hour for any report writing services. I am open to discussing a sliding fee scale upon request. Payment is expected at the time of service and can be paid in cash, check, or credit card.
In many cases clients may be able to use flexible spending accounts, medical savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts, or out of network benefits to offset the cost of my services to you. For more information on if these options are available to you, contact your health insurance company or human resources representative.
The benefits to paying directly for services include:
You can preserve more privacy without concern that insurance companies or employers will be able to review your personal information that you discuss during sessions.
You can fully participate in decision-making regarding duration of treatment, frequency of visits and goal-setting without intrusion or micromanaging from insurance companies.
You will not be obligated to be assigned a diagnosis or to receive an inflexible approach to treatment. Insurance companies frequently require a psychiatric diagnosis for you to be covered. If you wish to obtain private health or life insurance in the future, information discussed in counseling sessions that are covered by insurance may be open to review and can result in you being denied coverage or charged higher premiums. Paying privately mitigates this risk.