Rates & Insurance

All sessions are currently being held through ‘telemental health’ (live video/audio conferencing). Most sessions are usually 45-52 minutes in length. Session rates are increased when time is extended – prorated in 15 minute increments.

Intake Assessment Interviews are usually scheduled for a 90 to 120 minute sessions. Be advised that following the initial assessment, therapist will make treatment recommendations and refer out if necessary for appropriate fit and/or if clinical needs are outside the scope of this practice.

Be sure to tell your therapist of your intent to file with or use insurance during initial intake call or during intake assessment interview.

Rates range from $150-$280/hour. Sliding Fee Scale may be available upon request for private pay only.

Telephone & Other Contact

Initial Telephone Consultation: No Charge.

Brief telephone check-ins when necessary are acceptable (less than 10 mins).  No Charge.

Callers requiring more than ten minutes time or more frequent contact will be directed to schedule an appointment to discuss clinical needs and use of available resources. 

Therapist is not always available immediately by phone; at your discretion, you may leave a brief voice message on therapist’s direct line or send an email, but please DO NOT share any confidential, time sensitive or personal health information to protect your safety and privacy.

Therapist returns calls and emails generally within 24-48 hours or the next business day. 

Care coordination, consulting, reading and responding to emails, letters/reports and calls lasting ten minutes or more are charged $50/15 minute increment. This also includes time for travel and meetings. Involvement in legal/court matters charges are detailed in Information, Authorization & Consent form.

TeleMental Health Therapy (Video/Audio)

TeleMental Health sessions are available to ALL CURRENT and NEW clients.

Payments

Payment is due at the time services are provided. Acceptable forms of Payment: Most major credit cards or Health Savings Account cards. Inadequate funds or returned checks will incur a $30 service fee. 

Insurance

Essential Connections is considered an “In-Network” provider for AETNA insurance. We are considered an “Out-of-Network” provider for most other insurances. Prior to your first appointment, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to ensure you know and understand your coverage & available mental health and telemental health benefits.  Upon request, a receipt or ‘superbill’ can be provided if you are interested in seeking partial/full reimbursement from your insurance provider; ‘Out-of-Network’ reimbursement benefits will vary and there is no guarantee of reimbursement.

Cancellation Policy

Scheduled appointments are set specifically for you.   If you have to cancel or reschedule an appointment, Essential Connections cancellation policy requires you to notify your therapist at least 24 hours in advance by email or text to avoid being billed the full session rate. Your emotional and physical well-being is important, make a commitment to yourself and get the most out of every session by being on time.  Some of our most meaningful moments in life are about showing up and being present. 

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