Here are some nuts and bolts to help you get started.
What is the average session like?
Sessions are 50 minutes long. In this time, our work can move in a lot of different directions. After getting to know each other, we should have a sense of your concerns and what you’d like to accomplish.
How often do we meet?
Lasting change works only with consistency. My expectation is that we’ll be meeting a minimum of once a week. Without consistency, we’ll be repeating discussions or re-creating earlier efforts. There may be times when you’d prefer not to come. Therapy doesn’t always feel good. These more difficult moments are every bit as important as the more enjoyable times. Consistency provides the best chance of a positive outcome.
What is your cancellation policy?
When you need to take time for a vacation or work-related trip, please provide me as much advance notice as possible. I’ll do the same for you. I require at least 48 hours notice for cancellations. With less than 48 hours notice, I ask full payment for the session. Please be aware that insurance will not reimburse payment for missed sessions. If there is no way to avoid canceling within that 48 hour period, we can attempt to reschedule for another time that works for both of us, and apply your fee to that rescheduled meeting. This is an option only when we are both able to accommodate an alternate appointment time within a reasonable time frame.
What is the fee?
The initial phone consultation is free. My regular fee is $150 per 50-minute session. I offer a limited number of appointment times at sliding scale rates. If you seek a sliding scale rate, let me know during our phone consult. I’ll tell you whether I have any openings at the lower fee. As our work progresses, I’ll check in along the way about the possibility of bringing that sliding scale rate closer to the regular fee, thereby opening up a slot for those most in need of financial help.
Can I use my insurance?
I am a provider for Beacon Health Options and ValueOptions of California. If your insurance plan is with another company, I am happy to provide the invoice you’ll need for completing an out-of-network insurance claim with your insurance provider. If you have established a Flexible Spending Health Care Account, my invoice can also be used for reimbursement from your FSA. If you belong to an HMO or plan to use Medicare, you will not be covered for out-of-network services. Those programs will only cover professionals on their list of service providers.