How long do therapy sessions last?
A standard individual session and many couples session last 45-55 minutes each.
Group sessions and some couples sessions (by pre-arrangement) last 85-90 minutes each.
What are the costs of therapy services?
A 45-55-minute session is billed at $185.00.
A 90-minute group session is billed at $80/person/session.
An 85-90 minute couples session is billed at $260.00
How long does therapy usually last?
That is what everyone always wants to know and what cannot really be answered with any precision at all. It depends very much on the issues involved and both the skill of the therapist and the motivation and understanding of the patient/client. Making changes is difficult and requires much work, occasionally some pain, and a shifting of how things in the world are viewed. This takes as much time as it takes. That said, most people ultimately appreciate the time taken, no matter what it turns out to be.
Do you accept insurance directly?
By law, most insurance companies have to reimburse YOU for at least some part of your costs. I, however,do not participate in any insurance panels except Medicare! So you will be responsible for your bill. I am uncomfortable with the provisions for confidentiality made by most insurers and will not participate in systems that requre I complete and send in “treatment plans” or other information beyond the basics allowed under DC law (dates of service, diagnoses, prognosis). If you give me the information, I will provide you with a form you can file with your insurance company to obtain your reimbursement.
What are your cancellation policies?
If you do not cancel at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled session, I will charge you for that time UNLESS I am able to fill it or unless we can schedule another time during that same week. [Please note, most insurance companies will not reimburse for canceled sessions.] Group members get 3 uncharged absences during a calendar year and pay for any other sessions missed.
What are your policies on confidentiality?
I have to follow, by law, four sets of regulations regarding confidentiality as well as other practice guidelines:
Rules for Psychologists of the DC Board of Psychology Examiners
District of Columbia Statute on Mental Health
American Psychological Association's Code of Professional Ethics
US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Any LEGAL exceptions to complete confidentiality will be spelled out in a written therapy contract at the beginning of the therapeutic endeavor.