Therapy sessions are primarily being held through ‘telemental health’ (live video/audio conferencing) due the COVID-19. Most sessions are usually 50-60 or 75 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.
$150 per individual (50-60 mins) therapy session; $38 each additional 15 minutes.
$165 per couple or family therapy (50-60 mins) session; $42 each additional 15 minutes
$280 per initial intake session
$175 per crisis (30-60 mins) session; $44 each additional 15 minutes
Telephone & Other Contact
Initial 20-30 minute Telephone Intake Consultation: No Charge $0
Brief telephone check-ins when necessary are acceptable (less than 10 mins). No Charge $0
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 minimum per 15 minute block increment. This also includes time for travel and meetings. Involvement in legal/court matters charges are detailed in our Information, Authorization & Consent form.
TeleMental Health Therapy (Video/Audio)
TeleMental Health sessions are available to ALL CURRENT and NEW clients. This is a safe and effective means of receiving psychotherapy services. Although you do not get the benefit of our aromatherapy offerings, telemental health therapy is just as effective as in-person sessions. For many, the convenience of not having to include commute time or child care is a plus. For those concerned about privacy, many clients get creative and use their car, basement, garage, work office or other private locations from which to access the video/audio session. Phone sessions without video are also available. Speak to your therapist about what works best for you.
Payment is due at the time services are provided. Acceptable forms of Payment: Most major credit cards or Health Savings Account (HSA/FSA) cards, cash or check. Inadequate funds or returned checks will incur a $30 service fee.
A Word on Insurance
Essential Connections is considered considered an “Out-of-Network” provider with health insurances and employer benefit plans. Essential Connections values individualized, highly trained services and personalized care. We do not to subscribe to an “illness” based medical model and prefer not to be hindered by session limits or insurance restrictions on treatment methods and session time limits. By being an out-of-network provider, our clients receive specialized treatment and the advantages of advanced training and skills that support our holistic, strength based, resiliency focused, mindfulness oriented, and innovations of an integrative mind-body approach to care.
Out of Network Insurance
Depending on your providers plan, our services may be covered in full or in part by using your out-of-network benefits. Prior to your first appointment, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company or employee benefit plan to ensure you know and understand how and what your plan compensates you for out-of-network for psychotherapy services (also referred to as mental health and/or telemental health services).
The following questions are recommended that you ask your insurance provider to help you understand your benefits:
Does my health insurance plan include out of network mental health benefits?
Is there a pre-authorization requirement for using 90837 (60-75 minute session)?
Do I have an out of network deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I am allowed? If so, what is the limit?
Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
If you have out of network benefits, you may request a receipt or ‘superbill’ that you can submit to your insurance company for our sessions. Out of network benefits usually reimburse a percentage of fees paid for each session after meeting a deductible. Out-of-Network reimbursement benefits will vary and there is no guarantee of reimbursement. Be sure you know and understand your benefits before we start therapy. Clients are responsible for ensuring follow up with your insurance companies for all claims and reimbursements.
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.
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!