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Getting Started with Therapy

First Steps

We'll start with your free 15-minute phone consultation. Once we've done that and determined we'd both like to move forward, we'll determine a day and time for your first appointment! If we're scheduling ongoing therapy, we'll find a day and time that works best in both our schedules for the long term. That time slot will be protected for you!

 

If we're scheduling the Circle of Security parenting group, we will establish when the next group begins, and which one might work best for your schedule. We will schedule a short intake session before the group to obtain pertinent information that will allow me to tailor the group to your needs.

Several days before our first session for therapy or groups, I will send introductory paperwork (all virtual) so it can be completed before we meet for the first session. That way, can review and answer any questions during our first meeting without wasting any time filling out forms!

Office Hours and Scheduling

I see clients in person at my Edwardsville, IL office, via telehealth or outdoors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Groups tend to be offered in the evenings or at various weekday times. Please email to confirm most current schedule.

Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. 

The First Session

The first time we meet for therapy, we’ll go over your intake paperwork together, answer follow-up questions, and leave time for you to ask any questions you might have.

This is also a time for us to assess your needs and goals and create an initial treatment plan, which will determine our path for therapy. This treatment plan may be changed down the road, as your needs change too!

If I’m working with your child, this initial intake session may be for you (or you and your partner), without your child present. This session will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and for me to get a sense of your concerns and goals for your child.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice of your cancellation in order to avoid being charged the full session fee. I will do my best to reschedule if you’d like to do so. If you do not cancel within 24 hours, you will be charged the full session fee.

Fees

Individual Therapy Session (50 minutes): $150

 

Blossom Parenting Package

Single Parenting Consultation Calls (Missouri/Illinois residents only; 50 minutes): $150

Speaking/Training/Presentations/Workshops: These will be billed at my hourly rate of $150 per hour + an additional $300 fee for preparation and transportation (additional transportation fees apply if more than 35 miles from my St. Louis, MO).

If you have concerns about these costs, please contact me to discuss further. I am also happy to provide referrals to other providers.

Payment is due at the beginning of each session (COS-P groups may require all 8 sessions due in full before beginning; please see information provided for your specific group). I accept cash or credit card payment through my secure online system, Simple Practice. 

Insurance

I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. This means that I don’t bill your insurance directly. I will, however, provide you with a superbill (which is an insurance-specific receipt) for any services rendered. You can then submit this superbill to your insurance company — insurance companies will typically reimburse you for a portion of your expenses from therapy or testing. That said, different insurance companies reimburse at different rates, so you’ll need to contact your insurance company directly to better understand your out-of-network benefits for mental health services. 

Good Faith Estimate

Effective 1/1/2022, certified health care providers are required to give a "good faith estimate" of healthcare charges to every new and continuing client who is either uninsured or is not planning to submit a claim to their insurance for healthcare services.

You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost, psychotherapy services included. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.

Because my services generally run $150/session, a client receiving weekly services for six months can expect to pay $3,600 for six months of weekly psychotherapy service.

You may ask your health care provider, or any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you may dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy of your Good Faith Estimate. 

The Good Faith Estimate does not account for late cancellations, no-show fees, crisis sessions, non-therapeutic charges, case management fees, court litigation fees, or other financial arrangements determined on a case by case basis.

For questions or more information, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.

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