Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and patient, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Therapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. However, there are no guarantees of what you will experience.
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. During this time, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.
If therapy is begun, I will usually schedule one 45-50-minute session (one appointment hour of 45-50 minutes duration) per week at a time we agree on, although some sessions may be more frequent. Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. If it is possible, I will try to find another time to reschedule the appointment.
I am an In-Network Provider with the Following Insurance Companies: Aetna, Highmark, Independence Blue Cross, Magellan, Personal Choice, Keystone Health Plan East, and Others.
I am committed to persons having access to care and offer a sliding scale fee based on sliding scale slot availability, income, and need. I will readily provide receipts for out of network benefits.
Payment Forms Accepted: Cash or Check
In addition to weekly appointments, I charge for other professional services you may need, though I will break down the hourly cost if I work for periods of less than one hour. Other services include telephone conversations lasting longer than 15 minutes, preparation of records and the time spent performing any other service you may request of me.
If you become involved in legal proceedings that require my participation, you will be expected to pay for all of my professional time, including preparation and transportation costs, even if I am called to testify by another party. [Because of the difficulty of legal involvement, I charge $250.00 dollars per hour for preparation and attendance at any legal proceeding.]
In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I will provide you with whatever assistance I can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
You should carefully read the section in your insurance coverage booklet that describes mental health services. If you have questions about the coverage, call your plan administrator. Of course, I will provide you with whatever information I can based on my experience and will be happy to help you in understanding the information you receive from your insurance company. If you are utilizing your insurance, it is your responsibility to be aware of your insurance policy benefits, financial obligations, insurance limitations as well as to verify that I am in-network with your insurance plan.
Payment for service is due, in full, at the time services are rendered unless other arrangements are made in advance.
You should be aware that:
Your insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company.
Not all services are covered benefits in all contracts. Some insurance companies select certain services that they will not cover.
If your insurance coverage changes it is your responsibility to inform me of that change. If you neglect to do this and I cannot collect payment from your insurance company, you will be charged for those unpaid services.
In addition, please note the following policies:
Returned checks carry a $45.00 fee.
You, not the insurance company, are required to pay a session fee of $65.00 for cancelled or broken appointments when 24 hours advance notice is not given.
Additional monthly billing fees may be applied to any statement with an outstanding balance.
If you are utilizing your in-network insurance benefit you are responsible for paying the deductible and/or co-pay. If you have a deductible you are responsible for paying 100% of your insurance company’s allowable rate for the service until the deductible is met.
Services provided in good faith will be billed directly to you if later it is determined that your policy has expired, lapsed or does not cover the service(s) provided.
I realize that temporary financial problems do arise. If such instances do occur, I encourage you to let me know promptly if you require assistance in the management of your account.