What to Expect from a Therapy Session
Sessions typically last 45 to 90 minutes. (Some couples find that setting aside several hours is preferable to juggling schedules just for a one hour session.) During the first meeting we will talk about the issues that have brought you into counseling. We will start to get an idea of what we can accomplish together. It is also a time for us to decide if we are well matched for working together and to explain the counseling process, answer any questions, and go over important details such as confidentiality, scheduling, etc.
Sessions are $150 per hour, payable with cash, check, debit or medical savings account cards. I do not bill insurance for my services. The reasons are many, including my belief that a person should not have to be labelled with a mental health diagnosis if they don’t want that in their medical records. I also spend much of my time working with couples, and insurance policies require the counselor to single out one person as the main patient, with a diagnosis and “treatment” tailored specifically to that person only. My method of couples therapy involves considering the entire relationship and keeping the focus equally on both partners.
Some insurance policies will still reimburse you for sessions with an “out of network” therapist. In those cases, I can provide you with the documentation that may allow you to get some or all of the cost of the session from your insurance company. Be aware that most policies do not cover marriage counseling, but some cover shorter “family counseling” sessions in order to treat a member of the couple for a diagnosed mental illness.
Late Cancellation Policy
Our session time is important to me. I reserve that time for you and plan my schedule around it. If I don’t have a convenient time slot available, some people choose to be on a waiting list. The policy for existing clients is a required 24 hours notice prior to a cancellation or half the regular fee is charged for the session. I occasionally waive this for unforeseen emergencies such as extreme weather or a sudden onset illness. I will also waive the fee if I am able to fill that time by scheduling someone on my waiting list. If I have an emergency, I will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. For new clients, I also require 24 hours notice of cancellation or there is a charge for the missed session before a new one can be set.
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