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What are the fees for your services?
Policies around fees are discussed more thoroughly and determined when you call to arrange an appointment. The average cost is $200 for individuals and $250 for couples/families and $275 for multi-lingual couples/families per 50-minute sessions. Supervision and clinical case consultations are $100 per 50 minutes for trainees, interns and licensed peer clinicians. Please inquire via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the cost of in-service trainings, presentations and seminars.
Do you have a sliding scale?
I have a limited number of sliding scale availabilities and offer reduced fees that are determined by your income and individual financial situation.
Do you take insurance?
I am not a contract provider through any insurance plans at this time. If an insurance carrier is used it is your responsibility to pay for services in full and request a basic monthly receipt (referred to as a “superbill”) for you to submit directly to your insurance company to obtain out-of-network reimbursement. Insurance companies often require a formal diagnostic code with their claims. I will discuss my diagnosis with you before I submit this information. You are responsible for verifying and understanding the limits of coverage for mental health services with your insurance plan provided by a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I am unable to guarantee whether your insurance will provide payment for the services provided to you.
How long will therapy take?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes long and we meet once a week. This frame is necessary for building our relationship and keeping the momentum going so you can get the most out of therapy. Therapy works best when this weekly session is held as consistently as possible. The number of therapy session you need and how frequently you need to meet with me will depend on factors such as: your particular mental illness or situation, severity of symptoms, how long you have had symptoms or have been dealing with your situation, how quickly you make progress, how much stress you are experiencing, how much your mental health concerns interfere with your day-to-day life, how much support you recieve from famiy members and others, and financial limitations. It may take only weeks to help you cope with a short-term situation or treatment may last a year or longer if you have a long-term mental illness or other long-term concerns.
What is your cancellation policy?
You will be charged for sessions cancelled without 48 hours notice.
How does confidentiality work?
All communications between you and me will be held in strict confidence unless you or legal guardians provide written authorization to release information about your treatment. If you participate in couples or family therapy, I will not disclose confidential information about your treatment unless all person(s) who participated in the treatment with you provide their written authorization to release such information. Per your signed release, I may discuss your case with your other past and current providers, treatment team, supervisors, or peer consultants in order in accordance with accepted professional behavior. However, it is important that you know that I utilize a “No-Secrets” policy when conducting family or couples therapy. Please feel free to ask me about my “No-Secrets” policy and how it may apply to you.
Everything you say and share in session is strictly confidential. However, the following situations is required by law, or permitted by law, to reveal information obtained during therapy to another person or agency without your authorization:
Information may be disclosed if you present an imminent physical danger to yourself or others.
In the case of danger to others or suspicion of abuse or severe neglect of children (under 18 years of age), dependent adults, or elders (65 and older), therapists are mandated to inform legal authorities so that protective measures can be taken.
If clients introduce their mental status into legal proceedings, the court could subpoena their records. Additionally, if a client is involved in a legal proceeding (divorce, custody dispute), therapist records could subpoenaed. If a therapist receives a court order to release information, the therapist MUST comply. In some cases the court is satisfied with a summary of clients’ records.
In addition, a federal law known as the Patriot Act of 2001 which requires therapists (and others) in certain circumstances, to provide FBI agents with books, records, papers and documents and other items and prohibits the therapist from disclosing to the patient that the FBI sought or obtained the items under the Act.