Frequently Asked Questions...
What are your rates?
Our services range in price depending upon the therapist, there specialty and expertise. Fees range from $50-$175 per session. Our fees may vary according to the type of service the client needs; traditional and intensive therapy services for an individual, couple or the whole family may also be a factor.
Do you offer discounted rates?
We want to be a resource for anyone seeking counseling. We also realize that finances can be a deciding factor as to whether or not a person will pursue counseling. When appropriate, we offer discounted rates based on income and family size. Please inquire directly with your therapist for further details.
We do not accept insurance or Medicaid, however we will provide SuperBil's for out of network reimbursement. Read more about the advantages of paying privately below.
What forms of Payment may I use?
We accept checks, cash, and major credit cards including Mastercard and Visa. All payments must be made at the time of service. In addition, we can provide appropriate documentation which will allow you to file for reimbursement with your insurance carrier, should you have insurance that covers services provided by your therapist.
Do you have a Cancellation Policy?
If you do not cancel 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment, you will be required to pay the full cost of that appointment.
Why should I choose to pay for therapy myself?
There are advantages and drawback both of out-of-pocket private payment and to using insurance and medicaid. Obviously, the biggest drawback of out-of-pocket private pay is that it is an immediate out-of-pocket expense. However, there are several advantages of private pay that may make the expense worthwhile.
What about Confidentiality and Privacy?
Clients who pay out of pocket are guaranteed that the only people who know any of the details of therapy are themselves and their therapist. Aside from normal limits to confidentiality, therapy is completely confidential, without any third party being privy to information exchanged in session.
Will I have a diagnosis?
Most insurance providers require a mental health diagnosis in order for therapy to be covered. This means that many issues (such as martial problems, life stress, or personal growth) are not covered by insurance anyway. When clients pay out-of-pocket, there is no requirement of a mental health diagnosis for treatment, which means that anyone can seek treatment. Private pay also carries the additional benefit of reducing pressure to pathologize normal individuals who simply need help coping with some area of life. Finally, treatment without the necessity of a mental health diagnosis means that the stigma of some diagnoses can often be avoided.
Could insurance impact the duration of my treatment?
Private pay clients have complete control of the duration and style of their treatment. Modalities that are ethically viable but not covered by insurance are open to private pay clients. Private pay clients are able to choose the focus of their therapy, the duration of therapy, and the frequency of therapy, and even the length of individual sessions.
Is it important that have a financial investment in my services?
Research shows that clients who have to pay something for their treatment have more positive outcomes that those who receive free treatment. Not only do you get what you pay for, but the fact that you are paying out of pocket provides extra motivation and incentive to make the most of therapy.
Is there a Potentially Reduced Service Cost?
For some clients, their insurance providers require a co-pay and a large deductible to be met when seeking treatment, with the additional feature that standard rates for service apply. By not taking insurance, we are free to set our own rates and offer discoutns to our clients. This means that privately paying clients can actually pay less than those who pay with insurance, depending on where they fit in the sliding scale, how long treatment lasts, and the details of an individual's insurance plan.
Therapy, especially when you are paying out-of-pocket, is always an additional expense, in more ways than one. There are travel expenses and the time commitment that it takes to make therapy effective. However, the rewards can greatly outweigh temporary monetary costs. How much is too much to pay for peace of mind, the renewal of a relationship, or finally finding freedom in an area of life that has previously seemed unattainable? $500? $1000? $5000? Some people would pay ten times that to experience the real progress and change that can happen in therapy. What is the change you are seeking worth to you?