Getting Started with Counseling

Download and Complete New Client Forms

Prior to your first session, please print out and complete these new client forms. We will review them together during our first session, when I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

My Counseling Fees

An Investment in Your Wellbeing

Engaging in counseling requires a financial commitment, a time commitment, and most of all a commitment to learning and creating meaningful change. Entering counseling reflects an investment in your own wellbeing and growth.

Payment by Cash or Check

My fee is $150 per 50 minute session and $250 for 90 minute session for individual or couples therapy. Payment—by cash or check—is due at the end of each session.

Group participation fees vary according to the specific group being offered.

Payment Through Insurance

I am not an in-network provider with any insurance healthcare plans; however, most insurance plans have a provision for out-of-network providers. When using out-of-network benefits, you are responsible for paying the fee upfront and then submitting your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement. Deductible amounts and reimbursement percentages vary by plan, so you may want to contact your insurance carrier to learn details about your specific plan. I participate as an EAP provider through Ceridian Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program. If you have this employer-provided program and wish to see me through it, please contact the program directly. They will need to authorize services before the first session can be scheduled.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Some people also submit receipts to their workplace flexible spending accounts for reimbursement. One advantage of using flexible spending accounts is that these accounts do not require any diagnosis be given.

Keep in mind that insurance companies require a diagnosis for payment.

Things to Keep in Mind When Considering Your Payment Method

Most insurance companies only pay (or reimburse) for counseling services when clients meet the criteria for those mental health diagnoses insurance carriers have decided qualify for “medical necessity.”

In your first session, you can explore whether or not you meet these criteria, the pros and cons of using insurance even if you do, and how you would like to proceed. Please keep in mind that information submitted to insurance companies for payment becomes a part of your public health record — a record accessed in determining life insurance rates and healthcare premiums in the future.

Many people, concerned about the compromised privacy of their healthcare information when they use their insurance, choose to pay out of pocket for counseling services.