$150 per 50-minute session
Why I Do Not Accept Insurance
Lack Of Confidentiality:
All managed care plans (MCPs) involve direct clinical management by the plan's case managers. If you access your therapy through your MCP, it makes it necessary for your therapist to disclose anything and everything related to your case. This information is used by the MCP to determine your benefits, which they allocate at their own discretion. This impacts your right of confidentiality, and it is possible that your information will be stored in a computer system that can be accessed by anyone. The FBI and law enforcement officials can access your insurance information at any time. This information could be used to your disadvantage should a legal problem arise. This lack of confidentiality could also negatively impact your minor children. Should they ever desire to apply for certain jobs or educational programs such as law enforcement or government positions, the information in their insurance files could be used against them.
Difficulty Getting Treatment Authorized:
Due to the direct care management by the MCPs and their desire to keep costs to a minimum, getting therapy authorized often becomes cumbersome and time consuming. Every plan has different requirements and standards for authorizations. Some will deny therapy in lieu of taking prescription medications. MCPs allow a certain number of treatment sessions per year for each plan. Even if your plan authorizes up to 20 sessions per year, it does not mean that you csn automatically access your benefits. There is a lengthy process required to gain pre-authorization and often permission is granted only for 1-3 sessions before the process must be repeated. The continual waiting period causes your treatment to be inconsistent, broken up and can cause you more anxiety not knowing if you will be authorized at all. Also, some MCPs have their case managers (often accountants or office workers) dictate the treatment plan (subjective and often anti-therapeutic) and when to terminate, even though you may continue to be in distress.
Mis-diagnosing And/Or Over-diagnosing In Order To Get Treatment Authorized:
Some MCPs will not cover treatment unless it is a "medical emergency". This may mean that the client must "pretend" they are "sick", or worse off than they are, in order to receive benefits. Most MCPs do not cover marriage counseling, family counseling, or adjustment counseling unless they are part of the treatment plan for a serious mental disorder or drug/alcohol problem. The situation puts both the therapist and client in a negative situation. Often the "assessment" sessions are not sufficient to give an accurate diagnosis, yet the MCP will not authorize any more visits without one. The therapist may be inclined to "make up" or "guess at" a diagnosis, which is not in the best interest of the client. Most importantly, you, the client, should not be given a mental illness diagnosis that is not correct, or is more serious that what is true, simply to get treatment paid by the MCP.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
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