Fee Schedule, Office Hours, and Services Provided
I offer Aetna and BlueCross/BlueShield clients (of all plan names) the mandated rates for your policy; you pay a copay and/or deductible as per your individual plan.
I offer a sliding scale from $100 to $150 for 45-minute sessions in person.
I offer a sliding scale from $125 to $175 for 60-minute sessions in person.
Secure video conference sessions are available for international clients and those in other U.S. locations.
The rates above depend on your presenting verification of your income (your last U.S. Tax return will be sufficient).
You can pay me the day of our session via credit/debit card, PayPal, or cash. For all services, payment is expected on the date of service. You will be assessed a $1.00 penalty fee for each day that payment is delayed.
Mondays: 1 to 8PM
Tuesdays: Noon to 8PM
Wednesdays: 11AM to 8PM
Thursdays: Noon to 8PM
Fridays: Noon to 6PM
I offer two types of work:
Psychotherapy is a traditional type of psychological work needing a very regular schedule in order to build trust in the therapeutic alliance. We will work weekly for at least 4 weeks, and then weekly or bi-weekly after the first month, depending on your needs. Session length is 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Spiritual Direction, sometimes called ‘Pointing Out’ Instructions or Spiritual Mentoring. The session fees and lengths are the same. I take no notes, and keep no records except attendance, when doing this work. Skype sessions are available anywhere in the world for this type of work.
No Obligation Introductory Consultation
An initial consultation is available without obligation to those planning to do weekly or bi-weekly sessions. You do, however, pay the normal sliding scale fee. After our meeting, we will decide if we continue working together. If you or I don’t feel the therapeutic alliance will be a good one, you are under no obligation to return. The introductory consult is billed at the usual rates, as above.
I am “In Network” for Aetna, and all BlueCross/BlueShield companies (such as Highmark, Independence Blue Cross Personal Choice, and Keystone Health Plan East). Insurance clients pay me directly until their deductible is met, then your insurance company will ask me to collect a copay and I will bill them for the balance. Your copay will vary according to the coverage you have for Mental Health services.
Insurance companies only cover 45-minute sessions. If you want a 60-minute session, you may have the extra time for $25 more. (This is not covered by your insurance or normal co-pay.)
I am “Out of Network” for all other insurance companies. If you are an out-of-network client, you pay my fee at the time of our session, and once per quarter, I create an invoice for you to send to your insurance company so that you can get reimbursed. Typically insurance companies reimburse 50% on the dollar for out-of-network therapists: they pay for half the session fees.
For Special Discretion, Private Pay Without Using Insurance Coverage
Some clients prefer to pay me privately, rather than having the intimate details of their lives available to their insurance companies and now with computerized medical records, to the whole network of people who might see those records. However, standard confidentiality exclusions apply. If you’re imminently homicidal or suicidal or if you’re abusing an elder or child, I must report this to the appropriate authorities.