Payment is due in full at the time of service and may be made using cash, check, credit card, or transfer using Zelle.
Credit Card Payments
Credit card payments are processed using PayPal. To use PayPal via the website, please use the form below. You may choose to use your personal PayPal account or sign in as a “guest” and enter your credit card information. It is not necessary that you have personal PayPal account to use the “guest” option when paying.
I keep an authorization on file for each account that allows me to bill any accrued balance due. You are expected to ensure I have a current credit card on file, and you will be informed in advance of any amounts charged to your card. I can process session payments using the card authorization I keep on file, you can “swipe” your card in person at the time of session, or you can pay in advance using the website.
Insurance Billing & Accounting
Insurance billing and accounting is handled by Linda Griebel of Griebel Billing. You are welcome to contact her directly regarding any insurance related questions. Please contact her at the beginning of treatment or any time your insurance changes in order to verify the extent and specifications of your coverage. Insurance companies generally do not send this therapist the Explanation of Benefits for processed claims, so you are also encouraged to monitor the paperwork you receive from your insurance closely and contact Linda if anything appears amiss. Linda can be reached at (619) 224-6343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
– C.S. Lewis
Payment & Fees
The standard fee for a 60-minute session is $200, and extended sessions are prorated accordingly. I generally provide treatment in weekly, two-hour sessions, unless there is clear, clinically-based rationale to provide shorter and/or less frequent sessions. I have found, as have many of the experts with whom I have trained, that longer, more intensive EMDR and CBT therapy sessions are often significantly more efficient and effective than shorter ones. Each session requires some attention to managing current life stressors, and longer sessions allow for this to be accomplished along with substantially more focused work toward resolving the primary symptoms of concern. My experience has shown me that far more can be accomplished in a briefer period of time through this approach.
Hourly prorated fees will be charged, should the time exceed 15 minutes and/or be necessary at frequent intervals during the course of treatment, for time spent communicating by phone, text, or email regarding treatment issues between sessions, as well as for time spent in consultation and coordination of care with other treatment providers. Hourly prorated fees will be charged should you require written reports of your assessment, treatment goals, or progress, with the minimum charge equal to the fee for a 60-minute session. I offer a limited number of sessions at a reduced rate for those experiencing financial hardship. Typically, reduced rates are only available to established clients and for a limited period of time. Please bring it to my attention should your financial situation hinder your ability to afford therapeutic services at the standard rate. Court testimony is charged at an hourly rate of twice the standard fee for a 60-minute session, including travel time and with a minimum charge of a full 8-hour day for each day on call for court appearance. No reduced fees are available for court testimony.
You are expected to pay for services at the time they are rendered, unless other arrangements are specifically discussed and agreed upon with me in advance. Invoices for payment are available at your request. An additional $10.00 per week will be charged for session fees not paid on the date of service, which will begin to accrue on the day directly following the date of service. Fees may be paid via cash, check, credit card, or transfer using Zelle. There is a $25.00 fee returned checks. My rates are reviewed each September and may be increased 5 – 10% annually.
I treat my clients’ needs according to my clinical training and experience, and my rates are set in accordance with what is usual and customary for my level of expertise and specialization. I have found that the treatment protocols and authorization requirements of insurance companies are restrictive, burdensome, and often inadequate, and that they do not tend to promote my client’s receiving adequate and effective treatment. Therefore, as a rule, I do not contract with insurance companies as an In-Network Provider. As a service to you, I am willing to submit basic documentation of services to insurance and other third-party payers, but I cannot guarantee your benefit levels and am not responsible for their payment. In some cases, insurance or other third-party players may deem certain services as not “reasonable or necessary” or may determine that services will not be covered. You are responsible for payments regardless of any agency’s arbitrary determination of rates or coverage. Should your insurance company require written or verbal justification or pre-authorization for services and you wish for me to provide this information, hourly prorated fees will be charged for all time required to do so including chart review, hold times, and communication of clinical data, understanding that there is no guarantee it will result in subsequent approval by the insurance company.