Frequently Asked Questions
How much will therapy cost me?
My rates currently are $170 for 50 minute individual sessions. $200 for a 60 minute couples/family session.
The first session, also known as the intake session, is $190 for 50 minutes for an individual session and $220 for a 60-minute Couples or Family session.
Documentation/paperwork/phone calls fee is $85 for up to 30 minutes or $170 hourly.
Why is the first session fee more than the following sessions?
The first session fee is more than the other sessions fees due to the time spent diagnosing if applicable and creating an individualized treatment plan. This requires more time than following sessions.
What should I expect during our first session?
Before the first session I will provide you with intake documentation for you to review and sign through a secure patient portal. It is highly recommended that you review and sign these documents before our first meeting so if you have any questions, I can be prepared to answer them. This also will allow us to have enough time to complete the intake. I will not be able to start the intake/first session without documents being reviewed and signed.
The first session will include what is called an intake. This allows me to gather all the information needed to create a diagnosis and treatment plan that is appropriate for your needs. The more information provided during this session, the more I will be able to better cater to your treatment. I will ask a lot of questions during this first session and will allow time for you to ask questions.
What will therapy be like after the first session?
After the first session I will continue to provide a safe space for you to process your thoughts and feelings while working towards your treatment goals.
What does a confidential setting require regarding telehealth?
It is important that you are in a safe and confidential setting for therapy. This allows you to be able to fully express yourself without the fear of people or outside influences being in your surroundings. In addition to having a confidential setting, it is also important to make sure that your setting is safe. For example, some individuals prefer to do session in the car but, it is important that during therapy you are not operating the vehicle. If you’re not in a confidential and safe setting during the telehealth session, the session will be canceled at the providers discretion and a no-show fee will be applied. Some examples of a non-confidential or unsafe setting include but are not limited to: driving a vehicle, being with others in the vehicle, being in a classroom with other students or adults, daycares, doctor’s offices, shopping structures, massage parlors, hair or nail salons, restaurants/bars/coffee shops, or any area that has other individuals present.
What is the "Good Faith Estimate"
As of January 1, 2022, under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges. You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don't have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
- Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
- If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
This Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created.
The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. If this happens, federal law allows you to dispute (appeal) the bill.
The Good Faith Estimate will include diagnosis if applicable and services. Diagnosis cannot be made until the intake session is completed but, diagnosis does not change the service fees which will be discussed and presented in the intake documents before the first session.
Service fees include the following:
- Intake session/first session: CPT code 90791 $190.00 for 50 minutes this includes modality of treatment, suggested frequency, diagnosis (if applicable), symptoms, mental status examination, treatment plan, prognosis, and treatment progress.
- Individual session: CPT code 90834 $170.00 for 50 minutes.
- Family/couples sessions: CPT code 90847 $200.00 for 60 minutes.
Documentation/paperwork/calls are not reimbursed by insurance.
If you are billed for more than this Good Faith Estimate, you have the right to dispute the bill.
You may contact the health care provider or facility listed to let them know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate. You can ask them to update the bill to match the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available.
You may also start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill.
There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the agency reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate. If the agency disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount.
To learn more and get a form to start the process, go to www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call HHS at (800) 368-1019.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 368-1019.
Keep a copy of this Good Faith Estimate in a safe place or take pictures of it. You may need it if you are billed a higher amount.