WHAT TO EXPECT
INITIAL INTAKE SESSION
During the intake session, I will ask specific questions in an effort to get a better sense of who you are, what you are experiencing, and how I can best support you. This will also be an opportunity for you to get to know me, and to determine whether we will be a good fit. After the intake is completed, and if you choose to continue working together, we will collaborate on goals for therapy.
Each session is 45 minutes. The number of sessions varies depending on the number and types of challenges you wish to work on as well as the therapeutic approach.
Once scheduled, your weekly session time belongs to you. It is important to select a time that you can meet on a consistent basis.
You will be charged the full fee for canceled or rescheduled sessions with less than 24 hours notice. To avoid cancellation fees when you cannot make the session in person, I also offer phone or remote therapy options.
PAYMENT & PAYMENT POLICIES
Individual Psychotherapy Session – up to $225
I offer sliding scale rates based on annual income and on community standards for mental health professionals within Manhattan. I can answer any questions you have about fees during your phone consultation.
Payment is due at the end of each session. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.
Many clients opt to use their out-of-network benefits, which can reimburse between 60% and 90% of my fee. If you choose to use your insurance company’s out-of-network benefits, you will be responsible for full payment at the time of our appointment. I will give you an insurance receipt at the end of the month that you can submit to your insurance company, and your insurance company will reimburse you directly. I cannot guarantee coverage, and you are ultimately accountable for any fee not paid for by your insurance company.
I strongly advise that you call your insurance company to verify your coverage by asking these questions:
1) Do I have out-of-network outpatient mental/behavioral health benefits?
2) Is there a limit on how many mental health visits I receive per calendar year?
3) Do I have a deductible, and how much of the deductible has been met?
4) What is the patient co-insurance per session? (Co-insurance is the percentage of the fee that you will ultimately be responsible for after your deductible is met. Your insurance company will cover the rest.)
5) Is there an out-of-pocket maximum? (This means that after you pay a certain amount out-of-pocket, your insurance company should fully cover the cost of your visits.)
6) Do I need pre-authorization from my doctor?
If you encounter any problems or have any questions about this process, I would be happy to answer them for you.