What to expect
Do you take my insurance?
I am considered an Out of Network (OON) Provider and yes, that means we can still work together. Many health insurance companies offer OON benefits to their members. This means you pay for your counseling services at the time of service and then submit a document called a Superbill to your insurance company for reimbursement. A Superbill provides date of service, proof of payment, and required diagnostic and service codes. Some limitations may still apply and this will be discussed during our first appointment to be sure we are the best match.
I encourage clients to check with their provider regarding out-of-network (OON) reimbursement prior to our first appointment. If you want to simplify the process of being reimbursed, you may want to consider using the service BETTER. This works well for many clients.
EXAMPLE: Let's say your insurance reimburses 80% for OON services once deductible is met. You would pay $125 at time of services and your OON reimbursement of $100 would be paid directly to you, leaving the true cost to you of only $25/session.
Benefits of not using insurance
Many people do not realize there are additional benefits to not using their behavioral health benefits.
First is choice. You are not limited when choosing the provider that best fits your needs. Counseling is a very personal process and feeling forced to work with someone based solely on insurance benefits may not allow you to find the best match or someone who specializes in what you really need.
Second is freedom to explore issues without the requirement of medical necessity and a diagnosis. The medical model places limits on coverage based on determination of medical necessity for both INN and OON coverage. There are many circumstances in which counseling can be beneficial despite a client not meeting criteria for a DSM diagnosis. Dealing with developmentally appropriate stress, acquisition of coping skills, difficulty with life transitions, self-compassion and identity work, relationship issues, and feeling “stuck” are just some of the common issues that may not be covered.
Third is collaboration in treatment. If we decided 50 minutes is not long enough because we would like to do art therapy combined with an EMDR session that might require 90 minutes, we can. If you feel weekly appointments are highly beneficial in the beginning and you wish to reduce frequency to 2x/month or once monthly, we will decide this together and it won’t be based on working with only 6 approved sessions.
Fourth is privacy. While I assess and diagnose when necessary, co-create treatment plans, coordinate care with other providers, maintain progress notes, and review treatment progress with you, your notes and details are separate from the medical record. This means if you release me to provide details about treatment to someone else, it is truly your choice. I maintain the same high standards of HIPPA compliance but your records are not shared and reviewed by people who are not on your care team and who may decide you no longer qualify for coverage.
Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, or credit card including HSA cards. You are responsible for full payment at the time of services regardless of out-of-network benefits.
I do offer a limited number of deeply discounted slots for individual therapy (50 minutes) via Open Path Psychotherapy Collective for anyone experiencing financial hardship such as no insurance coverage, super high deductibles, and income levels below a certain amount. Please review the material on their site and be sure to mention this during your Free 15 Minute Phone Consult as availability of these slots is limited.
Start the process by scheduling your Free 15 minute call to discuss your current needs with Jody!
Initial Interview Session (50 minutes)
The interview session is a time to collect information and begin developing a treatment plan that will work for you and your child. It can feel like the inquisition and is not what a therapy session will feel like, but it is very important and gives both parties an opportunity to set realistic expectations and decide if we are a good match.
Please allow 50 minutes and plan on you, your spouse/partner (if applicable), and your teen being present. This is non-refundable, even if we decide we are not a good fit. In the case where we are not a good match, I will provide a minimum of 3 good referrals to providers who may be able to better meet your teen's needs.
Individual Therapy Session (50 Minutes)
This is where the magic happens! I love working with invested teens and parents who are ready to feel better! Sessions will be focused on what is most important in the present moment and identified treatment goals, while also engaging in a variety of counseling interventions including art therapy, DBT-informed therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and a variety of mindfulness techniques.
Group Therapy (90 Minutes)
Group therapy can be a wonderful option to meet certain therapeutic goals. Some clients will find the support of group therapy to be enough to achieve their goals while others may start with individual and add group. Still other teens may wish to add the benefits of group therapy to an already existing individual treatment plan with myself or another individual therapist. I am more than happy to work with other therapists and enjoy collaborating by providing quality care coordination if needed to assess progress. Groups meet weekly on Monday and Thursday from 6-7:30pm. Automatic recurring payment option is available (terms apply).