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. I will also ask whether you will be private pay, or use Blue Cross/Blue Shield or PHAI insurance.
Working With Your Insurance
Sessions are $150 per hour. As I mentioned, for those who want to use insurance, I accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as PHAI. I can also help you seek reimbursement for out of network benefits if I am not contracted with your insurance carrier. Be aware that most policies do not cover marriage counseling. For those that do, many people still choose to pay for counseling privately. That’s because insurance companies will usually pay for shorter, 45 minute “family” sessions in which one person is the main focus, and requires a mental health diagnosis. Ultimately the insurance company can also determine how many sessions will be covered.
Insurance is an agreement between you and your insurance company. I will assist you in any way possible. I cannot guarantee that your insurance company will provide payment for the services you receive. Some plans have deductibles, or they may require preauthorization for services. You are responsible for checking with your insurance company to be certain they cover services provided and to obtain precertification for visits.
If your insurance carrier requires referrals to our office (e.g., primary care physician or HMO), you are responsible for obtaining your referral.
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 the regular fee is charged for the session. I occasionally waive this for unforseen 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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