FAQ

What are your session rates?

Each 50 minute session is $100.00. Healing Path Counseling does not accept insurance but you can bill your insurance, under your out of network benefits. Except for HMO’s. We accept cash, check, credit cards, and debt cards.

We offer other services at the following rates.

  • Letters or Referrals – $25.00- Letters or referrals
  • Court Appearances – $100 per hour ($400 minimum). We require two weeks notice to testify or appear in court. We also require 24 hour notice for cancellations on court appearances, otherwise there is no refund for your deposit.

How long does each sessions typically last?

Sessions generally last 50 minutes. Group therapy generally lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

How often should a person attend therapy in order to see positive changes in their life?

Typically, clients attend therapy once per week, although some choose to attend every two weeks or once a month. In the past, I have had clients who choose to attend therapy more than once per week. Seeing a client less than once per month is not recommended. Most clients attend once per week, with optimal results.

Why don’t you accept insurance?

More often than not, insurance companies do not cover relationship counseling.  When insurance is used for counseling, the treatment has to be considered “medically necessary.”  This means your counselor must give you a psychiatric diagnosis. This goes on your health record and could have repercussions for you later on in life.  Once you have begun counseling, your counseling sessions must be “justified” (you must be “sick” enough,)  in order for insurance to continue to pay for your sessions. Your confidentiality is at risk when using insurance. Several people receive and review your records. Information is often transmitted through the Internet. Most people who come to see us are not mentally ill and should not have a diagnosis — they are simply struggling with relationship issues.

If you want to use your insurance benefits, the first thing to do is contact your carrier to ask the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • If you have an HMO, is authorization required by primary care physican?

What happens if I miss an appointment?

If a client misses an appointment without giving a 24 hour notice, they will be charged a $25 fee.  If they miss more than two appointments without giving notice, they will be referred to another psychotherapist. The reason I enforce this policy, is because my schedule is full. If one client does not show for their appointment, it wastes this time-slot that could have been used for another client. Please show for all of your appointments or call 24 hours in advance to cancel.

Do you provide letters of diagnosis to attorneys, state agencies, primary care physicians, schools, etc?

Letters are provided only if a client signs an authorization to release confidential information and only if there appears to be critical need for the letter. There is a fee of $25 for every letter. In some cases, it may take up to two weeks to receive your letter after requesting it. The therapist has the right to refuse to provide letters.

What if a client needs to attend therapy but does not have enough money to attend?

If a client is experiencing financial hardship, the situation will be assessed on a case to case basis. If they arrive to session and do not have the funds to pay that day, they will be charged twice on the following visit. If a client cannot afford the fees, they will be referred to another therapist in the community who will provide services at sliding scale fee.

Will I be sent to a psychiatric hospital if I reveal my true thoughts?

It is rare that I send clients to the psychiatric hospital, but it should be known that if the following thoughts/information is revealed to me, I will take appropriate action to save your life or the life of another:

  • If a client reveals immediate and specific plans to kill themselves (depression leaves many clients feeling as if they do not want to live their life, but this feeling is often not enough to have a client hospitalized, especially if they deny current wishes to harm themselves)
  • If a client reveals immediate and specific plans to kill or harm another person
  • If a person is actively psychotic to the point that they are considered a harm to themselves or someone else
  • If a person is intoxicated to the point that they are considered a harm to themselves or someone else