Fees for Services
Regular Individual Sessions are 50 minutes long and cost:
$125 for individuals
$135 for couples
$65 for 90 minute groups
SHOW YOUR STUDENT ID AND RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS FOR A DISCOUNTED SLIDING-SCALE FEE. SLIDING SCALE FEES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE IN FINANCIAL NEED.
I OFFER A FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET TO KNOW ME BEFORE MAKING A DECISION ABOUT THERAPY.
I also have a special and profound NLP Breakthrough program that is tailored to meet your specific needs over several months and is offered at a flat rate fee. Please see the NLP Breakthrough session section of this website for more information.
Feel free to call
me or contact me on my website so that we can meet each other and discuss your
needs, goals and expectations for therapy. If I am unable to meet your specific needs,
I will do everything I can to refer you to someone who is able to assist you.
Payment for all sessions is expected at the time of service. I am only able to accept cash or check payments at this time, but will be set up to accept major credit cards
in the near future. I have a 48 hr. cancellation policy which requires full payment for missed appointments with the exception of sudden illness and inclement weather.
You want privacy.
Whenever insurance is used, some information (such as your diagnosis) is available to the insurance company and, at times, to employers.
Managed care companies often ask for detailed personal information about
clients in order to make payment decisions. This judgmental review can undermine the sense of privacy
necessary for effective psychotherapy. When clients pay for
psychotherapy out of pocket, there is no loss of privacy to managed care
companies, insurance companies or employers.
You want to choose your own therapist.
Many insurance companies limit the choice of therapists. Some of these 'preferred providers' offer good treatment, keep their clients' interests foremost, and try to keep treatment brief without sacrificing quality. At times,
however, the insurance company asks the preferred providers to divide
their loyalty between the client and the insurance company. Many
clients prefer to choose their psychotherapist personally and avoid
seeing a therapist with a potential conflict of interest between the
client and the insurance company. Other clients may want to work with a
therapist who was highly recommended but may not be on the company or
preferred provider list.
You want to choose the type and length of treatment.
Managed care programs often limit the choice of therapy.
While some interfere very little with the consumer's choice of type or
length of therapy, others make many of the important treatment decisions
- the length of treatment, the type of therapy, the use of medication
and referral to self-help groups instead of professional services. Some
companies provide only ultra-brief therapy and referrals. Self-paying
for therapy may be necessary in order to receive the type and length of
You don't want a managed care employee making judgments about you.
When managed care is responsible for payment, they have the power to influence your treatment. A company employee evaluates your
motivation, the severity of your problem, and your progress, and makes
treatment recommendations. The therapist must take the company's
recommendations into consideration or risk losing the contract to work
with the company altogether. Many clients prefer paying for their own
treatment to eliminate influence from an outsider.
You don't want to be labeled, or stigmatized
Whenever insurance is used for psychotherapy, the
treatment must be 'medically necessary', which means that your therapist
must give you a psychiatric "diagnosis." When you pay directly, you may
seek consultation from a mental health professional for any reason you
choose. People use therapy for personal growth, for help coping with
stressful life situations, and for marriage and family difficulties, as
well as for chronic and serious psychological problems.