The following are the current costs for counseling:
$115.00 50-minute Individual Counseling or Coaching Session
$160.00 Initial Intake Session / 80-minute Session
$125.00 / 50-minute Couples Counseling Session
$160.00 / 90-minute Couples Counseling Session
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. I accept cash and check as forms of payment unless you book online. If you book online you can use a credit card.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Full session rates are charged for missed appointments and late cancellations.
It happens several times each week. I get phone calls from potential clients asking if I take their insurance. My simple answer to this question is “No.” Here are the reasons why:
Services that are considered “medically necessary” are paid for by insurance. Thus, using medical insurance for mental health counseling or treatment requires that you are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Additionally, as your clinician, I must prove that your mental health condition is affecting your health and overall functioning on a daily basis. In general, this is very hard to prove and coverage is often denied.
Most people seeking therapy are struggling with many of life’s difficulties, and are not necessarily dealing with mental health disorders and are not diagnosable. When this is the case, your medical insurance is not going to cover the treatment. Insurance will not cover “I am having a hard time” or “I am grieving a loss”. It is a standard practice for insurance to deny coverage for Couples or Marriage Counseling. It is not viewed as a medical necessity. Many of the clients that I see do not have diagnosable disorders. Without a diagnosable disorder using your medical insurance to cover treatment becomes irrelevant.
Additionally, documented mental health treatment is filed through your insurance and becomes a part of your permanent medical record. This can have a negative impact on your ability to secure any future health insurance coverage. The current political debate in the United States with regard to health insurance coverage may soon affect everyone with insurance. This concern is applicable to every person who is thinking of using their health insurance for mental health treatment.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!