Participating in counseling undoubtedly involves a financial, psychological and emotional, and time commitment to increase the likelihood of reaching your goals. As the decision to engage in therapy is ultimately my client’s, so too is how one pays for it. The benefits of paying out of pocket consist of flexibility of treatment and confidentiality of my clients. Clients have unlimited number of sessions, freedom to see whomever they choose and participate in whatever treatment type they prefer, and freedom in modality (i.e. being seen as an individual, couple, family or group). Regarding confidentiality, paying out of pocket ensures that information about my client’s mental and emotional health will not be shared without prior consent nor will a diagnosis be required for treatment (as in the case of using health insurance). For those unable to meet the aforementioned financial obligations and prefer to not use their health insurance, I would be happy to discuss alternative options.
For those clients hoping to utilize the financial benefits of health insurance, I encourage all prospective clients (regardless of your insurance carrier) to contact your insurance company and verify the following:
- Are mental health services covered by my current policy?
- What is my mental health deductible and has it already been met?
- How many visits with a psychotherapist am I (or my child) allowed?
- If I choose to work with someone out of network, what does my plan cover
(usually given as a percentage rate)?
- Do I need prior approval to see an out of network clinician?
- How do I submit a mental health claim for an out of network provider for
If you have any questions regarding the payment policies or need clarification, feel free to contact me anytime.
Office Hours and Client Responsibilities
Regular Office Hours
Weekday mornings and weekends are available on an as-needed basis.
Cash and checks are accepted and payment is due at the time of service. Although I do not prepare bills for my clients, I am happy to provide you with a receipt (weekly or monthly) upon payment.
If your appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you will be charge for the full amount of the session. Additionally, should I need to cancel your appointment (due to an emergency) with less than 24 hours notice then you will not be charged for the following session that is held.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”