Is therapy right for me?
If this is your first time reaching out for therapy and you are wondering how it can benefit you, I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to hear your goals for therapy and assess whether or not we could be a good fit in getting you to where you want to be.
Fees and Cancellations
Individual sessions with me are 50 minutes and my fee is $200 per session. If you would like to meet for longer sessions, we can discuss that need. I meet with couples for 60 minutes, and my fee is $250 per session. I will sometimes recommend that couples sessions are 75 minutes, as I feel this extra time can be beneficial when navigating relational struggles.
Life happens, and I understand that everyone needs to cancel and reschedule from time to time. No shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will be charged full fee for the session time. Thank you for understanding that this is a necessary policy in order for me to successfully manage my practice.
*Please contact me for my current rates and sliding scale availability*
Therapy is both an emotional and financial commitment. I am aware of the inequity that exists between those who can afford private therapy and those who cannot.
Because of this, I reserve a specific number of reduced fee slots to attempt to begin to address this gap. These sessions are available based on availability and preference is given to clients with limited resources, clients who identify as LGBTQIA or BIPOC, as well as clients who are either teachers or healthcare workers. Please contact me to see if these spots are available. I am happy to put clients who wish to fill these spots on my waitlist.
If these fees feel high, please do not hesitate to contact me for lower cost referrals.
How long does therapy last?
Number of sessions depends on your individual situation and needs. In the first session, my goal is to gather some history and context, hear your goals, and collaborate on creating a direction for our time together. I will continue to check in with you throughout our sessions on your goals and progress. Once goals have been met, we can discuss how you feel about the cadence of therapy. For some clients, therapy is a part of their wellness toolbox and they continue sessions for a long time. Everyone has different needs and preferences, we can discuss what is best for you.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not contracted with any insurance company and am considered an ‘out of network’ provider. However, if you have PPO insurance, I can provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
If you are wanting to use out-of-network health benefits, please be aware that there can be downsides to billing your health insurance. Insurance companies require personal information regarding treatment which may include a diagnosis for billing purposes, as well as confidential information including session dates and notes. This information may impact current and future coverage and can become a part of your permanent medical history.
Questions to ask your insurance before starting therapy
- Do you have mental health benefits? If so, what are they?
- Is there a limit on number of sessions covered?
- Do you have to meet a deductible for coverage to start? If so, how much is my deductible?
- Can you see a therapist that is ‘out of network’ from your provider?
- If out of network coverage is provided, how much will the insurance cover per session? (If they cover care with a diagnosis- ask if ‘Z-Codes’ diagnoses are covered.)
- What will your insurance carrier need from your therapist in order to provide reimbursement?
- How long will it take to get reimbursed?
Good Faith Estimate
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.
- Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises
Are there other resources that you recommend to support the therapy process?
I fully believe in looking at health holistically. I do not believe that a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health works. In order to get the most benefit out of therapy, I believe that a few things need to be happening outside of our sessions. Finding a way to move your body that feels good for you on a weekly basis is absolutely crucial. In our fast, western culture, we have a lot of input all the time. In order to be able to regulate better and connect, it is important for clients to find practices that help them ground. Examples of this include (but are not limited to), walking, swimming, time in nature, tending to your plants, gardening, cooking, connecting with friends and family, expressing yourself through art, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, cooking, etc. I encourage all my clients to have a list of activities or things that nourish them, and to engage with/in these things as often as possible.
In addition, practices such as acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, and breathwork can help us relax and feel what it is like to be safe and grounded in our bodies. If you are interested in these services and would like help finding referrals, I am happy to help.
Some books that I highly recommend to clients: The Wisdom of the Body by Hillary McBride, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, Self Compassion by Dr. Neff, Belong by Radha Agrawal, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron