Do you do initial free consultations?
Finding a therapist/counselor that is a good fit can be challenging. For this reason, I provide FREE 15 minute phone consultations for those that are interested in learning more about how counseling and therapy services may benefit you. If we do decide to continue working together, you can either schedule your first appointment at that time or schedule, at your own convenience, online through my online booking calendar. If we decide not to work together, I will do my best in providing you referrals to those who may be a better fit for your needs.
What is your hourly rate and what form of payment do you accept?
I charge $110 for all 50 minute sessions. Accepted payment types include: cash, debit, credit, flexible spending account (FSA), and health savings account (HSA) cards. Checks are not currently accepted.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not currently in network with any plans. However, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Texas, many insurance providers will reimburse you for my services. This varies from insurance plans and employers. If your insurance provider will pay for services with out-of-network providers, you may be able to get reimbursed for a portion of your fee. I can provide you with a Superbill receipt for you to submit to your insurance provider should you desire to do so. Please note that the Superbill will require a mental health diagnosis on the receipt.
How do I find out what my insurance plan will reimburse?
First, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Tell them that you want to find out what your benefits are for out-of-network mental health therapy/counseling sessions. If they ask you for a procedure code (or CPT code),it is 90834. They will then tell you that after your deductible, they will pay a certain percentage of their acceptable rate. Ask them what your deductible is and what their acceptable rate is. Ask them how many sessions they will cover on your plan. At the end of the conversation, you want to be able to fill in the following blanks: “After paying a deductible of $___, we will pay __% of $___ per session. We will pay for __ sessions total.” It is your responsibility to find out what your insurance plan offers and to follow-up with your insurance provider should you desire to submit for potential reimbursement.
How long will I need to be in counseling/therapy for?
Progress toward goals depends on the frequency of appointments, where your body is at when it comes to trauma recovery/integration, and is specific to each individual’s background and unique circumstances. Research studies show that therapists often see remission from trauma reactions and PTSD within 8-12 sessions when using EMDR therapy for adult onset trauma. Complex trauma, particularly multiple and/or ongoing trauma from childhood (including childhood abuse, neglect or poor attachment), may require more extensive therapy. My goal at our first appointment is to help you find the best fit for your schedule & budget while also having enough time to work towards goals. Most individuals start out sessions once a week or every other week. As we continue working on goals, we often move to every other week or once a month maintenance appointments.
Do you offer reduced fee or free counseling services?
I do not currently have any reduced fee/sliding scale openings. I also do not offer pro bono/free therapy services to the community. If you are looking for free or sliding scale therapy options in Waco, please read the following blog post here.
Do you offer telehealth/online services?
I offer online services for clients in the state of Texas using a HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing platform called Doxy.me. Online therapy clients must confirm their presence in the state of Texas prior to beginning services per license jurisdiction requirements. Online therapy services are the same rate as in-person sessions. Doxy.me does not require you to download anything to use the platform on your computer, laptop, and Android tablets. You may need to download the Doxy app on Apple devices (including iPhones and iPads). I will provide the URL link to the Doxy.me video-conference prior to our first online session so that you may test it out.
Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
I am no longer taking on evening clients. I provide some very limited evening counseling sessions for current clients. I do not have weekend hours available.
What is your cancellation policy?
I ask for 48 hours cancellation for all appointments unless you experience an emergency situation such as sudden day-of illness, weather-related emergencies, or car accidents. We may opt for an online session instead of an in-person session if you have any sudden transportation issues, babysitter cancellations, or additional barriers that come up. Beyond this, please note that I charge the full session fee for all short notice cancellations or no shows to appointments.