My standard fee is $125.00 per 50 minute hour. If payment is made at the time of service in cash or by check, debit, or credit card my fee is $100.00 per 50 minute hour. *
I accept many local health insurance plans. I am an in-plan provider for the following plans:
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Educators Mutual Insurance (EMI)
I do not have a sliding fee scale.
If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I will fill out forms and provide you with whatever assistance I can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of my fees. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
If I am not on your insurance company's "preferred provider panel" you may be able to partially finance your work with me as an “out of plan provider” through your current insurance plan. Please check carefully with your insurer prior to assuming this may be true. I will provide you with the documentation your plan may require if you are covered for treatment by an “out of plan” or “out of network” mental health provider.
You should also be aware that most insurance companies require you to authorize me to provide them with a clinical diagnosis and a specific plan of treatment. Sometimes I have to provide additional clinical information such as treatment summaries, or (in rare cases) copies of the entire clinical record. This information will become part of the insurance company’s files and will probably be stored electronically. Though all insurance companies claim to keep such information confidential, I have no control over what they do with it once it is in their hands. In some cases, they may share the information with a national medical information databank, and in others with your employer or with the sponsors of your HMO or health plan. I will notify you before I submit any information about you to your insurance carrier or health plan.
* Also please note:
Due to the complex nature of legal involvement, I charge $150.00 per hour (or fraction thereof) for any work that is associated with you that is required of me by legal counsel and/or the civil or criminal justice systems, whether or not the work is requested of me by you or by any other party involved in legal or judicial action in which you are involved.
If your work with me is financed by third-party payers (insurance companies, HMOs / "Health Maintanence" organizations) your contacts with me become known to others outside of our relationship and a record of it is likely to be entered into an electronic data base. Ultimately, the only way to assure complete confidentiality and privacy for your psychological treatment is to finance your work with me independently, without reliance on third-party payers. Despite the financial investment this may entail, it may be in your long-term best interest to assure that your psychological treatment remains outside of your daily public and private affairs and that psychological information about you is not available to present or future employers or health insurers, and does not appear in electronic data bases.