Fees & Insurance
20-minute consultation (phone): FREE
50-minute session (in-person or online): $120
90-minute session (in-person or online): $180
payment & Policies
I accept the following types of payments:
Credit & debit cards
Cash & checks
Insurance health savings account cards (HSA/FSA cards)
Crime Victim’s Compensation
Please note I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations under 24-hours’ notice will be charged full fee.
I choose not to take direct insurance to protect your confidentiality and so you can maintain control over your treatment. I can provide an invoice for you to submit for out-of-network benefits (see below). Here are some reasons going through your insurance sucks:
A diagnosis is always required, no matter what you’re coming in for. This could pose a problem if you’re applying for a new job, life insurance, or financial aid.
If you have insurance through work, your employer will have access to your mental health records.
Your insurance dictates the number of sessions covered at their discretion, regardless of what you need or want. This means your insurance is in control of your treatment, not you.
When you pick a therapist based solely on your insurance provider, you may end up with someone who isn’t a good fit. Research shows that one of the important success factors is the relationship between therapist and client.
using out-of-network benefits
There is a better alternative if using your insurance is a must. Most plans are required to offer some degree of out-of-network benefits. I’ll give you an invoice (known as a superbill) and you’ll submit it to your insurance for potential reimbursement. By going out-of-network, you maintain control over your treatment.
Here are some helpful questions to ask your insurance provider:
Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
What is my reimbursement percentage?
Is there a deductible and has it been met?
If this is already sounding like a huge pain, I recommend using Reimbursify to help you get reimbursed for my services. You’ll submit your invoices to them and they’ll take care of all the annoying parts of dealing with insurance. If there’s a problem, they handle it.
If any of this is confusing or concerning, I’m happy to discuss further in a free 20-minute consultation call.
What do we talk about on a consultation call?
I’ll get a general, big picture idea of what you’re going through to make sure I’m the best fit to work with you. It’s also a chance for you to ask me any questions and to make sure you feel comfortable talking to me. If it’s all good, we’ll schedule a time to meet in person. I don’t require a consultation call ahead of meeting, it’s just something extra I like to offer.
What is therapy like?
I like to think of therapy as a monologue that turns into a dialogue. You’ll start with some information dumps and filling me on the details of your life, and as I get to know you better, we’ll engage in dialogues about what’s going on and how you’d like to get better. That’s not to say I’ll sit there and nod, pretending I’m listening while I’m doodling on a notepad. I’m actively engaged in sessions, helping you to untangle life’s cords and understand what’s happening.
Throughout this whole process, you’re the driver and I’m the GPS: I help navigate to keep you safe and moving, but you remain in control.
How often will we meet?
Weekly appointments are standard in order to make consistent progress towards your goals. If we go too long between appointments, you’ll constantly feel like you have to play catch up and there won’t always be enough time to really figure stuff out. Weekly is also recommended for EMDR therapy because we’re lighting up your memory networks and we don’t want to lose connections by going too long between processing sessions.
How long does therapy take?
The amount of time in therapy really depends on what you’re going through and is different for everyone. If you’re concerned about it being an endless process, I want you to know that I don’t keep people longer than they need it. I’m very collaborative, so we’ll talk regularly about your progress and make mutual decisions about whether we can taper down to every other week and then to occasional check-ins.
What if I can’t afford your fee?
Therapy is an investment, but I totally understand there are times when it may not seem feasible. If you have a Health Savings Account or Flex Savings Account through your insurance, I accept that as payment. I can also provide an invoice to submit to your insurance for out-of-network reimbursement (or Reimbursify can take care of that). If you’re not sure, let’s chat and figure it out!