Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a free consultation?

I do offer a free 15-minute phone consultation so we can decide together if it sounds like we would be a good fit. If after that consultation you would like to schedule a first session with me I will be happy to do so.

Do you take insurance?

I have chosen to not take insurance in my practice at this time. There are several reasons for this, which I am happy to expand on should you be interested, here are a few important ones. In order to have medical insurance pay for counseling, you must be given a medical mental health diagnosis. Many of my clients do not fit diagnostic criteria or choose to not have another diagnosis on their permanent medical record, especially with the current political climate in relation to medical insurance. Secondly, it is unethical to diagnose someone with a disorder just to obtain payment. Unfortunately, many therapists feel forced to do this. I hold myself to a high ethical standard and will not give someone a diagnosis that they do not meet all criteria for, and will never diagnose someone on their record without their knowledge. Insurance does not pay for: general couples counseling, family therapy to work on family dynamics or patterns, general life dissatisfaction outside of depression, career counseling, therapy for parents trying to be better parents, etc, which are many of the reasons my clients choose to come to me. Please check out this blog on insurance http://www.reallifecreativecounseling.com/blog/

Will you submit a claim to my insurance on my behalf?

If someone meets a diagnostic criteria (see above), I am happy to provide them with a superbill itemizing their sessions, amount paid, and diagnosis for them to submit to their insurance for reimbursement of an out-0f-network provider. Please note, that each insurance company is different, and most only reimburse a portion of your payment 

What methods of Payment do you take?

I take Cash, Check and major credit/debit cards. Please note there is a fee for returned checks or debit transactions.  

What are your rates?

A 50-60 minute, standard in-office session is $65.00- $85.00. The initial appointment/ Intake session is $75.00. I do offer a rate scale for those committed to treatment on a regular basis. A double length 90 minute session, best for families or couples, or intensive situations is $120. I offer discounts for First Responders, active duty and veterans.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Sessions not cancelled with at least 24 hours notice will be charged the full session fee. A rare exception may be allowed in the case of a documentable emergency. It is important for us to meet together consistently for you to meet your goals and I reserve that time slot for you. In some instances, we may be able to meet via phone or secure video service as an option due to inclement weather or sickness. An additional session will not be scheduled until the missed session is paid in full. 

 

Do you Prescribe Medication?

No, I am not a medical doctor. Many of my patients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, either contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, I can coordinate care with your doctor, if you desire.

  

What if I have more questions?

If your questions aren't answered here, please contact me for a free, 15-minute phone consultation. If we need more time than that we can schedule your first session at that time.