I provide marital therapy in a fee-for-service model, meaning that you pay for these services directly at the time of your visit. For a number of reasons, I am not in-network with insurance providers when I work with couples. I believe that therapy works best when the work between us is “well sealed” – and what you say to me stays with me. Insurance companies may compel a therapist to disclose confidential material in order for benefits to be paid, and also require a diagnosis to be made which remains in the medical record permanently, which may have an unforeseen impact in the future. This policy allows me to focus on providing the highest level of care possible to the clients that I work with.
Additionally, many insurance plans only provide for 45-minute sessions. I have found that this period of time is simply not sufficient to allow for the opportunity to develop the depth of insight, learning and practice that is needed for couples to gain the traction that they need to make changes in their relationship. I prefer to work for 90 minutes with couples, and have found that this is optimal.
I have also chosen not to use electronic health records, unlike all of the large clinic systems that are now required to use them. You will never have to worry about who will see your records when you receive services from me. I can guarantee that “confidential” really means confidential in regard to the privacy of your personal information.
I understand that therapy is expensive for many people, so I try to keep my fees reasonable and to adjust them in individual cases when this is needed and possible. I also will discount my fees if couples pay in advance for multiple sessions, in accordance with my program. I have found that most couples realize that the investment they make in this work not only is reflected in the happiness and strong connection that accompanies their new relationship, but also compares quite favorably with the financial and emotional costs of ongoing dysfunction in the relationship, separation, or divorce.
I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company for either partial or full reimbursement for therapy if you desire this. You are eligible to use Health Savings Accounts (HAS) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for therapy costs, which seem to work well for many people. Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your insurance provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
Payment is due at time of service, either in the form of cash, check, or credit card. We can also set up a convenient auto-pay system that will charge you at the conclusion of every session.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure that you cancel at lest 24 hours in beforehand. Otherwise you may be charged for the full rate of the session.