Fees and Insurance
Individual therapy: $130 (45 min.)
Extended individual therapy: $140 (55 min.)
Family, marital/couple therapy: $160 (60 min.)
Initial intake session: $180 (60 min.)
Clinical supervision/consultation: (contact re: fees)
Therapy can be a significant financial commitment. You need to be comfortable with the fee so that you can commit to the work that you want to do. I feel it can be well worth the financial commitment but you should feel comfortable with that. Often we cannot estimate how many sessions you may need, but generally I prefer to work with people only as long as the process is beneficial towards their goals, and usually I work with people weekly or every two weeks in order to solidify gains that are made.
I accept co-pays or full payments for services by cash, personal check, credit cards or HSA accounts. For credit card payments, I input the information needed into my secure client portal associated with my practice management software (Simple Practice), and if you approve, auto pay may be used for ease of payment. Invoices, statements and superbills are sent to you through that secure system.
If you are not using your insurance for our sessions, or if your insurance does not cover your sessions, I collect payment at the time of service, unless we agree otherwise. I make a few therapy spots open on a sliding scale fee, for those in need of that.
For insurance plans where I am an in-network provider (currently Premera Blue Cross), I will bill electronically for the sessions. If you have a co-pay or co-insurance, I will collect that after the insurance has generated an EOB (explanation of benefits). For other insurance plans, I may be considered an “out-of-network provider,” and most insurance plans will offer some reimbursement for these services. In this case, if you wish to seek reimbursement, I collect the full fee at the time of service, and can provide you with a receipt (“superbill”) for the session and you can forward that to your insurance company so that they can reimburse you. Please note that couples or family therapy may be excluded as a covered service.
If you are interested in using health insurance, please check with your insurance directly about your coverage, so that you can be clear about what is covered and what is not. I am also happy to verify your insurance coverage too, but will need the following information to do so: your insurance company name, the customer service number on the back of the card, your member and group ID’s, your (and the main subscriber’s) Birthdays.
Please note that benefits are an agreement between you and your insurance company. I cannot guarantee any insurance coverage or reimbursement. If you have eligibility concerns or questions, you should contact your insurance provider directly.
Here are some questions you can ask your insurance company about mental health benefits:
Do you cover outpatient mental health therapy?
Is there a co-pay for these visits?
After the deductible is met, is there a co-insurance that I am responsible for?
How many outpatient therapy sessions are covered per year?
Do you require a referral from a primary care physician, or prior authorization?
Here are some questions you can ask your insurance company about couples therapy in particular:
Do you cover couples therapy? (You may ask them if they reimburse for procedure code 90847, which is the code when the focus of therapy is on more than one person)
Do you reimburse for diagnosis code Z63.0? (This is the diagnostic code for relational therapy with couples)
11711 SE 8th St., Suite 315
Bellevue, WA 98005