Counseling fees are $165 per 50-minute session. Longer 75-minute sessions are available at $245 per session. Ninety-minute family counseling sessions are $295 per session. If formal psychological assessments are necessary, those costs will be discussed at that time. Group sessions are typically $85 per session.
Accepted forms of payment are cash, PayPal, credit card and debit card. Checks of any kind are not accepted. Full payment is due at the time of service.
For your convenience, credit and debit card payments can be pre-authorized by filling out and signing the authorization form found in the Client Portal. Your card will automatically be charged weekly for your counseling session.
Your appointment confirmation via email is your commitment to attend our session and signifies your agreement to pay the counseling session fee in full. Appointments must be cancelled 48 hours in advance to avoid being charged. Missed appointments and cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will result in you being charged at the full session rate. You will receive a reminder text the day before your scheduled session.
Good Faith Estimate
You have the right to a Good Faith Estimate explaining how much your health care will cost. As of January 1, 2022, the Good Faith Estimate provision of the No Surprises Act, under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, is designed to give consumers predictability in how much they will be charged for the healthcare services they will be receiving.
In the case of counseling services with Golden Thread Counseling, you will be charged a session fee following each scheduled session. The session fee is dependent on the type of session you have scheduled. Fees are listed above and in the Mandatory Disclosure and Informed Consent document. As well, a Good Faith Estimate will be provided to you in your intake documentation and remain available to you on the secure Client Portal. The total amount of your mental health care is solely dependent on the number of sessions you schedule. At least 8 to 10 sessions are recommended to ensure counseling momentum.
A Note on Insurance and Medicaid/Medicare
I intentionally do not work with insurance providers. I realize this may be an inconvenience to you, however, it is for your protection and to ensure full confidentiality of everything discussed in our sessions.
Please understand that any insurance claim requires a medical diagnosis to authorize treatment, even if one does not exist in your situation. This can result in a documented, negative label following you through life and making employability difficult. As well, the insurance provider will determine how many counseling sessions are appropriate for your treatment, regardless if you feel that change has occurred or not.
What’s more, when billing through an insurance provider, some of your confidential information must be shared with the provider, even under new HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy policies. You may prefer that your mental health matters not be exposed to your insurance provider or your employer. I strive to keep your life challenges private to you. Billing through an insurance provider greatly hampers this approach. By not accepting insurance, I am able to ensure that the confidential information you share in session remains confidential and private to you (except where state law dictates otherwise).
I am more than willing to provide you with the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Some health insurance plans offer partial reimbursement for out-of-network providers. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to learn to what extent your plan covers out-of-network mental health services.
By law, Licensed Professional Counselors are restricted from providing mental health services to any Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries. If you are such a beneficiary, I recommend you reach out to AllHealth Network for services.