Mind, Body, Spirit Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC

FAQs

How often will we meet?

Once a week is typical in order to build the therapeutic relationship and gain some momentum. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting biweekly or monthly may be appropriate. Frequency may change based on life changes, finances and availability.

How much do you charge?

As a practice, our fees range between $155-$235 for individual, couples, and family sessions.

Do you provide in-person or virtual therapy?

We are a virtual practice only. All sessions take place online using a secure video system or via telephone. Virtual therapy provides our clients with the ease of attending sessions from the privacy of your own home.

What is your cancellation policy?

​ A 48 hours notice of cancellation is required or you will be charged in full for the session. With short notice, it is hard for your therapist to adjust their schedule. Exceptions are made occasionally in the case of an emergency. Consistency is important for continued progress in therapy.

Do you accept insurance?

We accept a limited number of commercial insurance plans: Aetna, Oscar Health, Oxford, United Healthcare, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. We are unable to bill insurance directly for Couples and Family counseling. Couples/Family counseling has an out-of-pocket investment starting at $235.  Only individualized psychiatric diagnostic codes are eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company. Please note that submitting an insurance claim means we will need to give you a mental health diagnosis.

Important considerations regarding use of insurance. When considering whether or not to utilize insurance benefits to cover the cost of sessions, please consider the following:

  • Insurance companies will require the clinician to give you a psychiatric diagnosis in order to reimburse for services. This diagnosis is part of your permanent medical record, and 
  • anyone who is given authorization to see your medical records can access this information. 
  • Your insurance company may request session records or a treatment plan at any time in order to evaluate the necessity of services (meaning, deciding if they want to pay for your sessions).
  • Couple Psychotherapy is not covered by health insurance. In an effort to maintain the highest standard of ethics, the practice maintains a policy of not accepting insurance for couple’s work or billing under the procedure code for family therapy when working with clients in the context of couples therapy. When working with couples, we are treating your relationship and therefore cannot appropriately diagnose individual traits, which is required of all health insurance policies. Health Insurers will only issue reimbursement for individualized psychiatric diagnostic codes, not for the relational codes which more accurately account for relationship (rather than individual) dysfunction.

 

Do you prescribe medication?

We do not prescribe medication but understand that medication may be helpful for some people. Many people make great progress in therapy without medication. Your therapist or you may want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication. Your therapist can coordinate care with your doctor.

What can I expect from my first session?

During your initial sessions you will begin to share your story, identify what you would like to change and begin defining goals for therapy. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if you and your therapist are a good fit and this is important as the therapeutic relationship is the primary part of healing.

What is the therapy matching process?

The search for a therapist can feel like dating and it’s okay if it takes multiple matches before finding “the one”. During your initial phone intake, we will recommend one of our therapists and you will be able to set up a free introductory call. This can be a great time to get a feel for each other and start building a connection.

Is there a waitlist?

We maintain an active waitlist of prospective clients and we do our diligence to reconnect based on upcoming availability. We understand needs may vary and if during the initial phone call we believe you need more immediate support, we will recommend and refer you to the appropriate resources.
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