Therapy is An Investment in Yourself, Your Relationships & Your Life
I offer convenient hours to meet your schedule, including days, evenings, and Saturdays. Our first interaction will be a free 15-20 minute phone consultation. This time will be spent getting to know what's bringing you to therapy, your goals, and to see if we may be a good fit to work together.
Most of my clients see gains and accomplish their goals through short-term work (12-16 sessions). From the outset, I work with you to set measurable, attainable goals, create a treatment plan, and check in with you regularly about our work and your progression towards goal achievement and symptom relief.
Required Initial Intake Session
60-minute Individual Initial Intake Session: $180
60-minute Couple's/Family Initial Intake Session: $200 (additional assessments, sometimes warranted, are extra)
This 60-minute session includes a thorough review of your initial paperwork and assessments (as appropriate). We will begin to formulate a treatment plan and establish goals for our work. In this initial meeting, I will also inquire about coordinating with any other professionals involved in your care, with your permission, in order to provide you with the most comprehensive care possible. This initial session costs more as it requires considerable time before and after your appointment to adequately review paperwork, assessments, and case conceptualize.
50-minute Individual Session: $140
50-minute Couple's/Family session: $160
For clients needing more intensive work, 100-minute sessions are available and double billed ($280 individual/$320 couple)
Phone session billed in 15-minute increments: $45 per 15 minutes. (Phone sessions are only utilized in special situations.)
Sessions fees are collected at the beginning of the meeting. I accept cash (exact change please), checks, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, and HSA/FSA.
Does Health Insurance Cover Marriage/Relationship Counseling?
In most instances, the answer is no. Couple, marriage, premarital, and relationship counseling are not considered medically necessary; therefore, they are not covered by major insurance carriers. What does that mean exactly? Ethically, insurance companies should not be billed for the mental health concern of one person if you are coming to marriage/relationship therapy. It is important to understand that your health insurance only covers counseling when there is a mental health disorder diagnosis. Relationship therapy does not meet the requirement of a mental health diagnosis. People often seek counseling for relational distress, in times of transition, communication, parenting, etc. that do not warrant a mental health disorder diagnosis, which means that private pay is indicated. If you have questions, feel free to ask me. You still have options; continue reading to find out more.
If The Cost of Out-of-Pocket Couple's Counseling Seems Out of Reach
Use pre-tax dollars from your Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account towards therapy. First, check that couples counseling is an allowable expense with your HSA, and then you could use this option.
Inquire with your tax preparer if your therapy expenses could be deducted as an out-of-pocket medical expense.
Therapy is an investment in your relationship and yourself. Compare the financial cost of short-term therapy to the potential long-term emotional and financial costs of NOT seeking it!
Insurance and Out-of-Network Provider Information
I accept BlueCross BlueShield (PPO). When you call to schedule an appointment, I will verify your benefits and let you know what is covered. If you don't have BlueCross BlueShield Texas, you could still work with me and submit claims to your insurance for reimbursement.
As an out-of-network provider, I will gladly provide an invoice for you to send to your insurance company for possible full or partial reimbursement. That means you are responsible for the full fee at the time of our appointment, and, depending on your plan, a certain percentage may be paid to you by your insurance company. Contact your insurance company directly to find out if you have out of network benefits; not all plans have this option. Below are some questions to ask your insurance provider when you call the number on the back of your insurance card:
Do I have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits? (Some companies call these behavioral health benefits.)
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
What is the address to send my "super bill" or invoice in order to be reimbursed?
Please feel free to call to discuss your unique challenges and concerns in a confidential, complimentary initial phone consultation.