Cash, check and all major credit cards (including HSA) are accepted for payment. Payment will be received prior to the session beginning.
therapy session rates
$100: 75 minute INTAKE session for individual therapy
$75: 60min follow-up session
$60: 45min follow-up session
$35: 30min brief therapy session
$150: 60min Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through STARS
$75: 30min brief Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through STARS
FOR YOGA TEACHERS, COACHES, AND helping PROFESSIONALS
$60: 60min private yoga or coaching style session
$60: 60min professional consultation session for helping professionals and yoga teachers
(or invest in multiple session at a discounted rate)
TBD = Group Therapy rates dependent on subject matter and duration of the experience.
These rates apply to individual and couples therapy.
Request a therapy appointment by email or phone. firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-490-7705
New Patients will be accepted beginning September 2018. A waiting list will be generated on a first come, first serve basis - CALL TODAY if interested!
If you cannot make your appointment, 24 hours notice is preferred; however, please call/email at least 2 hours in advance. If I have not received 2 hours notice of a reschedule or cancellation I charge you for the full cost of the session unless there was an agreed-upon emergency that prevented you from attending.
on medical insurance
I do not accept insurance. You can read more about the reasons why below. However, I can provide you with an itemized receipt to submit to insurance to assist you in receiving benefits for an “out of network” provider. Many people are now successfully using their Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover session fees. Keep in mind that OON benefits are typically less robust than those remitted for IN services. I encourage you to call the customer service number on your card to obtain your benefit information if accessing these benefits is important to you. If you do choose to access your benefits, please also keep in mind the following:
Filing any type of claim with your insurance company (whether IN or OON) requires that a mental health diagnosis be assigned to you. Depending on your current situation and life experiences, this may or may not be necessary. I do not make mental health diagnosis if the client does not meet criteria for them.
Your insurance company may ask for additional documentation to support your claim. If your company contacts me directly requesting this information, I will refer them to you so that you can make a personal decision regarding what to share.
HIPAA regulations give you the right to not use your insurance benefits if that is your preference, so it makes sense to consider all of the above carefully when deciding whether or not to involve your insurance company in your care.
I am willing to discuss any of the above with you prior to beginning our work in order to help you explore your payment options and make an informed decision.
Necessity of a Diagnosis
Many health insurance plans cover services that are “medically necessary” which means I would be required to diagnose each client with a condition. I do not believe that every person who seeks therapy meets criteria for a mental health condition as many of our issues that bring us to therapy are natural and normal life experiences that require guidance and support. At times, clients do meet criteria for a mental health condition and that will be discussed with you at that time.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Many insurance companies require the provider to release personal and therapeutic information about the client in order to determine continuation of services and reimbursement. I do not feel comfortable in sharing your personal health information with review professionals that may or may not have your best interest at heart. I believe in keeping the client’s information as protected and confidential as possible in order to cultivate a safe space for clients to truly open up.
Restriction in Therapeutic Tools
Managed care companies decide what services and therapies they will cover. Many evidenced based tools and approaches may not be covered by a particular insurance; even if it is proven to be an effective modality for treating and healing the client in the most effective and efficient way. This may limit therapy choices if you are covered under these policies. In order to provide you with the most effective and optimal treatment, by not accepting insurance, we are able to work together in a flexible and dynamic way using diverse evidenced based tools and modalities.
Limiting Session and determining session length
Many insurance companies limit the number of sessions they will cover for any particular diagnosis or issue that is being presented at the time. This limits are ability to work at the pace and quality that fit for your needs as the client. I believe in coming into people’s lives as therapist for as little time as they need it, yet do not want to feel as though we are making decisions on time frame based on insurance’s willingness to pay.
Conflict of Interest
It is my belief that Managed Care Companies main objective is to reduce costs and raise profits not to necessarily make decisions from the intention to give the client what is best for their quality of life. This directly conflicts with my mission as a therapist to do what is in your best interest as my client. I am willing to take a lower rate per hour in accepting private pay than submit to insurance companies for this reason.