Insurance and Fees
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently accepting Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, United Healthcare and Cigna. If you do have an insurance plan not listed here, it is possible they may cover therapy as out-of-network. It is a good idea to call your insurance company and ask them about your out-of-network benefits.
What if I don't have insurance?
Many people choose to self-pay even if they do have insurance because of flexibility and confidentiality. Insurance companies often have guidelines about what they will cover, which is not an issue for self-pay. I believe therapy should be affordable, and have a limited number of reduced fee spots. I would be happy to discuss my fees and services with you during a free 20-minute consultation
What forms of payment do you take?
Credit, Debit, Cash and Check are all acceptable forms of payment. I can also accept your HSA or Flexible Spending cards. If you do want to pay with cash, please bring exact change. Payment for services is due at the time of each session.
What if I need to change or miss an appointment?
I know sometimes plans and conflicts can't be avoided, and I am happy to work with you to accommodate your schedule with at least 24 hours notice. Any missed appointments without 24 hour notice will be subject to a missed appointment fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first meeting is different than our usual sessions will be. It is basically an introduction. During this time I will get to know about you and why you are seeking help, and you can ask any questions you may have about me or about the process. At this time I will go over more in-depth information about what to expect from therapy, confidentiality, and other basic housekeeping issues. We will work on identifying your goals and outlining a customized plan to deal with your unique situation.
What can I do to prepare for my first session?
It is really helpful if you can read and complete all paperwork prior to arriving for your first session. This will save a lot of time, and allow you to look over some of the information about working together before you get here.
Is Therapy Confidential?
Confidentiality and trust is the basis of the client-therapist relationship and that relationship is privileged similar to that between a lawyer and their client. Georgia and Federal law protects a client’s right to confidentiality and privacy and mandates that the therapist provide and explain a written document outlining these rules. I will review this with you at your first meeting. Basically, you must provide an express written release of information if you wish for anything you share with your therapist to be disclosed, for instance with a family member or other healthcare provider. The only exceptions to this rule are the following situations: 1) If the therapist suspects past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults and elders based on information provided by you or outside sources, 2) If the therapist believes you are in danger of harming yourself or if you have threatened harm to another person