Billing & Policies

Rates & Fees

Rates

Full payment is due at the time of the appointment. 

Payment & Insurance

I only accept self-payment (or "self-pay) for services, which offers an added layer of privacy that billing insurance does not. When billing insurance, your insurance provider is able to track, view, and discuss any progress notes, diagnosis, and/or the course of treatment you receive. If you have a PPO or POS plan, you most likely have what are called Out-Of-Network (OON) benefits. This means your insurance may reimburse you a percentage of any out-of-pocket costs as determined by your plan's coverage. I recommend calling your insurance provider directly to determine what your plan offers in this area. If you choose to use your OON benefits, I can send you the required superbill form for you to submit to your insurance company based on their reimbursement process.


Fees

Missed Appointment Fee: 50% of the original fee

Applies when less than 24 hours notice is given prior to cancelling or rescheduling the appointment. All effort will be made to reschedule the appointment at the client's convenience, but rescheduling same-day or week is not guaranteed. 

No-Show Fee: 100% of the original fee

Applies when no notice is given prior to the appointment, barring medical or life-threatening emergencies. I will notify you of your missed appointment at the end of the business day that the appointment was missed. It will be your responsibility to pay the fee prior to rescheduling your appointment. Appointments will not be rescheduled until the fee has been paid unless a financial hardship or emergency can be demonstrated. 


Good Faith Estimates

The No Surprises Act, which is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, is designed to protect clients from receiving unexpected medical bills. The Good Faith Estimate provision of the No Surprises Act is designed to give clients an estimate of how much they’ll be charged for the healthcare services they’ll be receiving, prior to their appointment. Under the No Surprises Act, healthcare providers (including psychotherapists like myself) must give clients who don't have or use insurance a Good Faith Estimate of the bill medical items and services, including psychotherapy. A Good Faith Estimate of expected charges is available upon scheduling or upon your request. 

Know Before You Go

Scheduling

I meet with clients virtually on Mondays and Sundays. Other weekday appointments may be available for current clients upon request. 

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment for any reason, please notify me of the cancellation 24 hours prior to scheduled appointment time. Failure to do so may incur a fee.  Appointments canceled or rescheduled with more than 24 hours notice will not incur any fees. 

Paperwork

You will be required to complete intake paperwork prior to your initial appointment. During your Diagnostic Evaluation, we will spend some time reviewing the paperwork together, including legally binding contract information. You will never be asked to sign something I have not given you advance time to review or explained to you. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Client Portal? 

My Client Portal provides a secure, HIPAA-compliant method for communicating with you which you can access via a secure entry point on the web or in the Simple Practice app. This is where you can view upcoming appointments, request new appointments, complete paperwork, pay your psychotherapy bills, and message me securely. 

The SimplePractice Client Portal is accessible via your preferred web browser and the mobile app is available for clients and contacts to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. 

What does HIPAA-compliant mean? 

Compliance with the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires companies that work with protected health information (PHI) to implement and follow physical, network, and process security measures. HIPAA laws protect health information relating to an individual's past, present, or future physical or mental health condition, treatment for the condition, and payment for treatment. 

Do you offer Sliding Scale? 

I partner with Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to provide psychotherapy at affordable rates for those who cannot afford current market rates or lack adequate health insurance. 

Do you offer in-person sessions?

No, my practice is entirely virtual and is what is commonly referred to as "telehealth." It is also known as telemedicine and telemental health. Telehealth enables you and your family to attend psychotherapy sessions from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Telehealth services are not appropriate for all clients and all situations. During the Diagnostic Evaluation, I will determine whether telehealth psychotherapy services are appropriate and provide you with referrals if in-person services may better support your situation. 

Are there are risks or benefits to telehealth? 

As with any treatment, there are potential risks and benefits. Participating in telehealth has many benefits, including increased privacy, reduced stigma, greater convenience, and greater accessibility to both care in general and to providers with certain specializations and expertise than a traditional physical setting, where you may be limited to providers within a reasonable driving distance. Potential risks can include technical delays and failures in internet connection or device connectivity, data breaches, interruptions by the people, pets, and events in your home, and cannot attend to crises as readily. While these lists are not exhaustive, they are important to consider when choosing between in-person and virtual mental healthcare.

I submitted a request through Open Path. What happens now? 

As of March 1, 2024, my rates for a 50 minute individual psychotherapy session is $70 and $80 for couples, intimate partners, and families. The initial diagnostic evaluation is prorated and ranges from $126 for individuals and $144 for couples, intimate partners, and families. 

*If you are not already an Open Path Member, you will need to fill out the confidential online registration form. Registration can be completed in under 10 minutes. Please note that members pay a one-time fee of $65 to join Open Path. Once you register, you’ll receive an Open Path Member ID email. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the membership process, Open Path can be reached directly at info@openpathcollective.org or 1-800-268-2833.

I submitted a request through Give an Hour. What happens now? 

ACCEPTED: You will receive an email that I have accepted you into my care. 

REVIEW: You will be asked to contact me for a consultation or to discuss scheduling. 

DENIED: You will receive an email that I was unable to accept you into my care (I may already be providing services to someone else or have no current openings in my schedule). GAH will help you find a new provider when appropriate.