FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
There are times in all of our lives during which we experience distress and unhappiness. As we attempt to sort and work through these challenges, it is often necessary, or at least helpful, to have someone who can help us navigate those rough seas to arrive safely upon sturdier ground, bringing with us new and better tools to use once we are there.
How Does Therapy Work?
Therapy is a process of identifying goals and their obstacles, examining emotional, intellectual and behavioral patterns
which interfere with reaching those goals and making conscious what has been out of our awareness. We are then able to heal past wounds
and better understand ourselves in order to move forward and make positive changes in ourselves and our lives.
OFFICE VISITS AND FEES
What do I need at the first office visit?
If you are filing for insurance, please bring your insurance card so I may obtain a copy.
You may download and fill out the forms listed below in advance. Please note: Item 4 is a copy of HIPAA solely for your records if you wish to have
it. Or, if you choose, you will be given the forms on your first visit.
- Intake form
- Policies form
- Authorization for Release of Information
- HIPAA Privacy Practices(for your personal records only)
- Acknowledgment of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
Do I need to contact the insurance company?
If you are requesting that we file insurance, you will need to ask your insurance company the following questions: 1) Do you have mental health benefits? 2) If so, are you covered for out of network providers and at what rate? 3) Do you have a separate medical and mental health deductible? 4) How much of the deductible have you met? 5) Is there a yearly or lifetime maximum benefit?
You are not in my network. Can this be affordable?
Depending upon your plan, many insurance companies pay a significant portion of the fee for out of network mental health providers. Should you require a specialization not offered by anyone in network, e.g. certified sex therapist, insurance companies may be willing to treat this as in network as a single case exception.
Who files insurance?
We will file the insurance for you unless you request otherwise.
What is the length of the appointment?
Most sessions are forty-five minutes. Longer sessions are available if pre-arranged, and the fee is adjusted accordingly.For the first session, you may wish to request an hour session.
How frequent are the appointments?
Weekly sessions are usually optimum, although this may vary based upon need.
What is the payment policy?
Payments are accepted by credit card, check or cash and are payable and due at the time of each visit.
What is your cancellation policy?
Twenty-four hours is the required notice for a cancellation. For a Monday appointment, this applies to the prior Friday. If twenty-four hours notice is not given and a cancellation fee is charged, please be aware that insurance cannot be billed, and the charges will be the client’s responsibility.
Do you prescribe medication?
Only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. If there is a need for an evaluation for medication, this will be discussed and the appropriate referral will be made.
Do you accept Medicare and Medicaid?
Not at present.