Why Private Pay?
As an associate license holder, I cannot accept insurance at this time. I currently accept private pay in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Payment is due at the time of services.
I am happy to provide an insurance-ready statement that you can send in to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
How does private pay benefit clients and therapists?
-It is simpler for both parties.
-Insurance companies will not have access to your health care records or diagnosis.
-It is possible for insurance companies to deny the necessity or your "need" for therapy.
-Insurance companies can dictate the form and length of your treatment.
-You have less administrative work and fewer loopholes to jump through.
-Currently, out-of-pocket costs and deductibles are on the rise for clients, and reimbursement rates for therapists are going down, meaning you pay more and I get paid less. That’s sad for us all.
-Most insurance companies do not cover couples therapy; if you are seen as a couple and want to use insurance, then they usually have to diagnose only one person as the "patient."
-With private pay there is a potential option for sliding scale*
My current rates for 50-minute (hour) sessions are:
Intake (1st information-gathering session): $150.00/hour
Couples and Family: $130.00/hour
*Sessions that go past the 50-minute mark will be prorated based on length of time and base rate.
*Note: My profession is how I am able to make a living and still follow my passion to care for others. My rates reflect the standard for the industry. However, I believe in providing accessible mental health care for people who may be unable to afford it for a time. For this reason, I allow myself a certain number of slots for clients who need reduced rates. I am open to having a conversation about your finances and circumstances, and together we can come up with what is affordable during a consultation or our first session.