While I am not on any insurance panel, you can be reimbursed out-of-network. With the passing of the Mental Health Parity Act (MHAPA), you should be able to collect a portion of my fee. You will have to check with your carrier on the amount. Fees are collected after each session and I will give you a receipt with all the required information to be reimbursed. If you choose to submit my form, please be aware that it includes a diagnosis code. My fees are based on customary rates for someone with my experience and training.
The fee schedule is as follows:
One Hour Individual Therapy Session-$205
One Hour Family Therapy Session-$210
One Hour Parent(s) Therapy Session-$210
One Hour Parent/Child Therapy Session-210
One Hour Couple Therapy Session-$210
One Hour Marital Therapy Session-$210
Generally, I do not charge for phone time in the event you have a short question about something that we discussed in therapy or if there is a child/teen emergency. In addition, I usually do not charge for speaking with another provider or outside agency. I charge for report writing, school visits, meetings, and record reviews at the rate of $205/hour.
All fees are paid after each session by credit card only. If you wish, you may pay for sessions in advance.
I have a 24 hour late cancellation policy, meaning if you fail to give less than 24 hour notice for canceling a session, I will charge you for the session. Should I cancel an appointment with you less than 24 hour notice, then I will owe you a free session. If you are late for an appointment, I will charge you for the entire session. If I am late for an appointment then I will make up the time on the other end of our meeting.
If a legal matter arises in your life that overlaps with your mental welfare I will refer you to an independent evaluator who specializes in these matters. Some of the more common issues are divorce, child custody, workman’s compensation, disability, mental fitness, work stress, work discrimination, and criminal matters. Because my involvement in these issues tends to compromise treatment, I will ask you to refrain from involving me in any legal matter.
My office hours are from 8AM — 8PM Monday - Friday and Saturdays 8AM — 2PM. The office is closed on Sundays. Every effort is made to accommodate your schedule.
You may contact me by calling the office at 610-527-1051 during office hours or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my emails frequently and respond quickly. Emergency contact information is also available.
Scheduling is easy. Just call the office or email me. If I am in session, I will respond by the end of the day. An initial free of charge phone conversation will determine if I can help you. If it is determined that I am not the right psychologist for you, I will attempt to point you in the right direction. If I am able to help you, then we will schedule an initial evaluation and set a date to meet.
Each therapy session is 60 minutes in length. There are times when family sessions will run longer. The duration of therapy depends on the specific concern. Typically clients are seen once a week and gradually move to every other week as they begin to experience improvement. The average length of therapy is about eight to twelve months.
Yes, therapy is confidential. Contact with outside agencies such as schools, pediatricians, insurance companies, and a family member is made only with your authorization. There are limits to confidentiality especially those involving child endangerment, or harm to self and others (see client information brochure under Forms).
There is plenty of parking. The parking lots are well lit and maintained. The parking lots, the building, and my office accommodate special needs. The entrance has a security code and guard. The outside has security cameras. All therapy rooms in my suite are sound proofed. Your Personal Health Information is kept under lock and key and all computer software is protected. There is usually a spare office available where children can sit, do homework, or play. In addition, the lobby is spacious with plenty of seating and tables. There is a playground outside where kids can play.
I use evidenced-based behavioral methods that are shown to be effective. These include family systems approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational frame theory, functional contextualism, mindfulness, behavioral activation, exposure/response prevention, and habit reversal training. Of these, I rely heavily on ACT which is a contemporary, well-researched, mindfulness-values-based behavioral therapy known to be effective with a number of concerns and populations.
Yes, I believe that it is important to treat the whole family, as well as the child/teen coming in for therapy. At times I work with parents separately. I use family systems approaches in conjunction with other mindfulness-values-based behavioral interventions.
Psychiatric evaluation is used to assess a client’s mental status, thought processes, cognitive abilities, and potential treatment options. As a diagnostic tool, psychiatric evaluation may highlight the need for further testing such as neuropsychological examination. This may be a part of an overall comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Findings from psychiatric evaluation may lead to a mutual decision to try medication to augment treatment. While psychiatric evaluation may take place in my office, I also have contacts within the community.
Neuropsychological evaluation is a testing method performed by a neuropsychologist to acquire data about a client’s cognitive, motor, behavioral, linguistic, emotional, and executive functioning. Findings from testing can be quite helpful in diagnosis, treatment, academic, and vocational planning. Testing takes place at my office and usually involves three (2 hour) sessions by the neuropsychologist.
Yes. Where appropriate or requested, I communicate with teachers, pediatricians, coaches, and tutors. In addition I attend IEP and 504 school meetings, review records, and write reports.
A lack of forward movement in therapy can happen for a variety of reasons. Of utmost importance is your being able to raise this with me so that adjustments can be made. If you are still feeling stuck and would like to try another therapist, I will take the appropriate steps to find someone who can help you.
Ending treatment usually occurs when you feel that the original reasons why you entered therapy have been successfully resolved.
I am not a Medicare provider and have opted out of Medicare. This means I am not restricted by Medicare limits in setting my fees. Medicare clients are asked to contract with me privately based on my customary fee and submit payment after each session. Our contract will consist of your signing a written form stating that you understand and accept this arrangement.