I understand that therapy is a financial commitment.
It’s also a place for you to experience growth and healing in a way that can change your life.
When you finally make the decision to go to therapy, you’re ready to get down to business. As a brief therapist, I stay laser-focused on my clients’ goals. This way, you can get what it is that you need and go on with your life.
Most of my clients benefit from a short-term treatment approach (usually around 12-16 sessions). A few ways that I am able to help you see results in such a short period of time is by:
- Coming up with objective and measurable goals on the onset of therapy.
- Administering questionnaires to measure progress over time using real numbers so that you can see improvement.
- Checking in with clients on a regular basis to ensure that they feel their needs are being met and that we’re getting to the root of the problem.
Out of Pocket Investment
For Individuals (In-person and online rates)
Initial Intake Appointment (75 minutes): $180
Standard 55-minute Individual session: $150
I am also able to extend sessions at a rate of $50 per 30 minutes
Initial Intake Appointment (90 minutes): $200
Standard 75-minute Couple or Family session: $180
I am also able to extend sessions upon request at a rate of $50 per 30 minutes
All Intake Appointments Include:
- A thorough review of your intake paperwork and report of findings from your intake assessment and questionnaire.
- Individualized treatment plan (no one-size-fits-all approach here) that includes measurable and objective goals, as well as an estimated timeline for how long therapy may last based on your presenting concerns.
- Customary care coordination with any other professionals involved in your care. If you’re under the care of a physician, psychiatrist, or any other provider, I will reach out to those professionals with your permission so that you can get the best, holistic care possible.
I do not participate with any insurance panels and am considered an out-of-network provider.
With insurance companies dictating clinical decisions such as length of treatment, frequency/length of sessions, and mandated mental health diagnosis for reimbursement, I have decided to part ways from all insurance companies and instead focus on providing the best care to all of my clients without being controlled by insurance companies.
Bypassing insurance allows the utmost flexibility and privacy for my clients.
Whereas insurance will only cover face-to-face sessions, I am now able to provide online therapy for those who travel for work as well as phone sessions for those needing extra support in between sessions.
Without having to provide a mental health diagnosis, I’m also able to keep your records completely secure and confidential. There will be no diagnosis on your permanent health record, and no one will ever know you’re in therapy unless you tell them.
**Please note that not all insurance companies provide coverage for online therapy, so you will need to check with your insurance carrier if you are wanting to use your benefits to cover a portion of online therapy sessions.**
As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, I am happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider.
You will then pay for each individual session, and I will file claims on your behalf. If your plan provides any coverage for out-of-network providers, you will receive a check directly from your insurance company.
You won’t have to worry about submitting any documentation yourself, as I will take care of that for you. You just pay for sessions yourself, and then you’ll receive partial reimbursement from your insurance company if your plan offers any out-of-network coverage.
Marriage counseling is not covered under most health insurance plans, regardless of whether or not a therapist in in network with an insurance company.
In order for insurance to reimburse for counseling, the therapist must diagnose the client with a mental health disorder, and there is no reimbursable diagnosis code for marriage counseling.
The only way a therapist is able to bill insurance for marriage counseling is by assigning a mental health diagnosis to one partner and then submitting claims to the insurance company as if they are treating that person’s mental illness.
You still have options, so continue reading to see if any of them make sense for you and your situation.
So What are my options?
If the cost of counseling seems to be out of reach, consider the following:
- Use pre-tax dollars. Did you know that you can use your Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account to pay for therapy using pre-tax dollars? Please note that HSA accounts make it harder to get couples therapy covered, so check on that before you get started.
- Check if you or your spouse’s employer has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is an employee benefit that allows anywhere from 1-8 sessions (including couples counseling) and the employer foots the bill for the sessions. If you and your partner choose to continue therapy after your approved sessions, only then will you be responsible for payment.
- Speak with your tax preparer to see if you could deduct therapy expenses from your taxes as an out-of-pocket health expense.
- Understand that therapy is an investment in yourself and your relationship. Compare the financial cost of short-term therapy to the possible long-term emotional costs of NOT seeking help: The benefits far outweigh the risks.