Cost Per Session
I charge $80.00 per session.
Why I do not participate on any insurance panels.
1). Insurance requires a mental health diagnosis and this doesn’t work for me. I believe diagnosis are labels that are flawed and not a true reflection of you, the person. I also choose to work outside the insurance system to protect your privacy as many eyes see the diagnosis as the paperwork moves through the system.
2). I see problems distinctly separate from a person. A diagnosis easily becomes a label that attaches itself to a person and follows them through life. I counsel people, not labels or problems.
3). Insurance companies require clinicians to reveal symptoms, behaviors, and treatment plans along with a diagnosis. To protect client/therapist confidentiality I choose not to be placed in a position where confidentiality has the potential to be breached.
4). Insurance companies determine when therapy must end by setting limits on the number of sessions they will pay for. I firmly believe you and I have the ultimate power to determine when therapy has been successfully concluded. They also limit the amount they will pay for sessions.
5). A component of my practice is couples and relationship counseling. Most insurance policies do not cover couples and relationship counseling. For insurance to be on the table, a therapist must identify one person to be the client, diagnose this client, and present the other people as support for the client’s therapy. This does not correspond with my ethical standards.
Cancellations and No-Show Policies
I require at least 24 hours notice for any cancellations. When an emergency or illness is involved, each case will be looked at individually.
During our first session, I will require credit card information to be kept on record (records are locked and secured each day). In the case of a no-show, I will charge my full fee of $80.00 for the preparation and time I have dedicated to being on time and prepared for our session.
I value your time and my time with the same sense of importance.
Emotional Support Animals
If you are contacting me only to write you a letter for an emotional support animal, in good conscience, I will not write a letter for you without having met you and worked with you to determine if there is truly a need. There are loose requirements for an animal to be designated an emotional support animal and sadly, this has allowed anyone with a pet to acquire letters and this gives true emotional support animals a bad rap. I am dedicated to working closely with each client to assess emotional struggles and needs.