Your first appointment sets the foundation for our work together. The fee for our first counseling session is $160. You should plan for this initial session to be about 60 minutes. Typical follow-up therapy appointments are 45-and 50 minutes long at a rate of $120. Fees are adjusted for shorter or longer lengths and the number of people included in the session.
I accept payment in the form of cash, check, all major debit and credit cards, HSA (Health Savings Account) cards, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards, and Health Reimbursement Account cards.
Payment for session fees will be requested at the beginning of our session. When you choose to pay by any method other than cash or check, I will generate the charge using Stripe. Stripe is an online service integrated within Simple Practice (the Electronic Health Record platform I have chosen). Your card information is stored within your record in my Simple Practice database. Both platforms provide personal health information security that is compliant with the federal privacy laws under HIPAA. You may know that all credit card processing services charge a transaction fee to merchants. Unlike some merchants, I absorb this charge and do not add it to your session fee.
What to Expect
Our first 2 to 4 sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs and desired outcomes. Evaluation generally consists of talking about what prompted you to schedule an appointment, reviewing past events that may be contributing to the situation, and exploring your goals. I may also suggest that you complete assessments to help identify or validate mental health conditions. At the end of the evaluation period I will suggest a plan of care that will guide our future work together.
The frequency and length of therapy session varies by patient and condition. The most often recommended treatment plans include weekly 50 minute sessions.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session. Please be aware that Health Savings, Flex Spending or Health Reimbursement cards do not accept charges for missed appointments.
What is the Cost of Not Getting Help?
Therapy can be an expensive investment of time and money. When considering the cost of care, a seldom asked but relevant question is “What is the cost of NOT going to counseling?”.
Thinking of the natural connections between your mind, body and spirit, when one is out of balance all suffer. Studies have shown that negative life experiences do adversely effect our mental health. This often leads to physical problems. Negative self-beliefs and emotions not expressed can be held in out bodies and create physical pain, tension and posture problems. The probability of accidental injuries increases with anxiety, stress, and depression. Addictions, heart attacks, and digestive problems can also accompany the symptoms of mental health out-of-balance. Unaddressed mental health issues also negatively impact the quality of personal relationships. In some cases the ability to hold down a job declines leading to unemployment.
I Believe YOU Matter!
Through the process of therapy the symptoms that have been disrupting your life change for the better. As the mind, body and spirit come into balance you feel better emotionally and physically; relationships are more satisfying, you are more able to accept situations, others and yourself, emotions are managed more effectively, and personal joy begins to surprise you as you find your burden has begun to lift.
You matter and you are worth the time invested in the work of therapy. Only you know your personal circumstances. If you are ready to begin and your financial situation cannot bear the expense please reach out to me anyway. I may be able to direct you to and agency or other organization receiving subsidies to offer lowered fees.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!