FAQs


I'd be happy to discuss working together with you!  Please review the FAQs below to make sure I'd be a good fit for you!

SEEKING JUST A QUICK CONSULTATION?  Request a Brief Consultation via Secure Messaging

Send A Secure Message Send your question or concern to me. If I feel I can address this with a written response, I'll arrange the consultation.  (Secure Messaging consultation fee is listed below.)



PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?  Older teens 18+ and adults.  Many I work with are in high-stress professions: physicians, nurses and other health professionals; media professionals such as journalists and producers; lawyers and corporate officers; etc.) Others are pursuing higher education (college students and students in graduate and professional programs).  And others are creative professionals such writers, artists, musicians and actors.

WHERE ARE YOU LICENSED?  I am fully licensed as a psychologist in Georgia,  North Carolina and Ontario, Canada.  I am also licensed to conduct online therapy in Florida. 

HOW DOES LICENSING WORK FOR ONLINE THERAPY? For me to be able to work with you, you have to be physically present in one of the states in which I am licensed. 

IS ONLINE THERAPY AS EFFECTIVE AS IN-PERSON THERAPY? The research to date indicates that online therapy is as effective as therapy delivered in-person for a wide variety of issues/conditions. And because of its convenience it has come to be widely accepted. 

ARE YOU AVAILABLE IN CASE I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?  I am not able to provide services in the event of an emergency.  However, I will provide you with crisis resources and ask you to identify a local hospital or behavioral health treatment center where you would go in the event of an emergency. I will also ask you to provide me with an emergency contact person - someone who could help you access care. 

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?  Send me a Secure Message telling me a little bit about you and what is prompting you to seek help at this time. I will get back to you and if it seems like I might be a good fit for you, I will ask to speak by phone for a few minutes to answer any questions you may have and to find a good time for an initial video meeting.

HOW DO I RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?  Please call or send me a Secure Message at least one full business day (24 hours) in advance of your appointment to avoid being charged for the scheduled session. 


COSTS & PAYMENT

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF SERVICES?  See fee abbreviated fee schedule below.

          FEE SCHEDULE

                    $325

Initial Intake/Diagnostic Session (~60 min)

                    $210

Individual Psychotherapy Session (45 min)

                    $280

Extended Individual Session (60 min)

                    $280

Family Therapy Session (50 min)

                   $300/hour Other Treatment-Related Services
          CONSULTATIONS

                    $75



Per Brief Consultation Via Secure Messaging*  
Includes phone calls, non-emergency electronic consultations, etc.      (* per response)

NOTE: Consultations through Secure Messaging are only available at my discretion and by mutual agreement. Unless you are a current patient consultation does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. 

WHAT IS THE "NO SURPRISES ACT" AND HOW DOES IT APPLY TO YOUR SERVICES?

  • The No Surprises Act (NSA) is a US federal law enacted on January 1, 2022. The law is intended to protect individuals who do not have insurance, or who are not using insurance, from surprise bills for health care.  Under the NSA health care providers are required to help patients understand the costs of care before they receive treatment.   LEARN MORE.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE? 

Prepayment is required to reserve a first appointment or a consultation through Secure Messaging.

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT? 

You will receive a message with a payment link to reserve an initial appointment or a consultation through Secure Messaging.  Once you are an established patient the card you place on file will be charged for a session or for another service provided.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

All major credit cards, debit cards and health savings account (HSA) cards.  


INSURANCE

DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?

No . But here's the long answer:  I maintain no contracts with  health insurance plans.  But my services as an "out of network" provider may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. To access these benefits you will need to seek reimbursement for my services from your plan. I will help you by providing you with the information you will need including a bill for my services for you to submit. 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHETHER MY HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN COVERS YOUR SERVICES? 

Call your insurance company and ask: 

  • Do I have coverage to see a behavioral health provider who is "out-of-network"?
  • Do I have "outpatient mental health benefits"?

If the answer is YES for both questions, then also ask:

  • Do I need authorization for the visit(s) and if so, how do I get authorization?
  • Do I have an out-of-pocket "deductible" (a sum you'll have to pay before your insurer will begin reimbursing you)?  If so, what's the amount?
  • How much of my deductible have I met for the current year?
  • What percentage of the provider's actual fee does my plan cover?

NOTE: Some companies limit the amount they will reimburse for a service to a percentage of a capped fee that they determine is "reasonable and customary." These capped fees are often substantially lower than the provider's actual fee.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW WHEN USING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR SERVICES?

Your insurance company will require a medical diagnosis from me and this diagnosis will remain in your treatment record. Health and treatment records are typically requested by insurance companies when you apply for life insurance and disability insurance.

WILL YOU FILE CLAIMS FOR ME?


Yes, if your insurer will allow this.  My office will be glad to file claims on your behalf as a courtesy to you if your insurer allows us to do so. In this case, your insurance company will reimburse you directly for whatever amount you are entitled. If your insurer does not allow us to file claims on your behalf we will provide you with the paperwork you will need in order to file them yourself.

DO YOU ACCEPT MEDICARE?

No.  But here's the long answer:  I have "opted out" of Medicare. Medicare recipients are not entitled to any reimbursement from Medicare for my services, except for services I provide on an emergency basis.