Intake/consultation, first session, 50-60 minutes: $ 180.00
Psychotherapy session, 50-60 minutes: $ 160.00
Psychotherapy session, 25-30 minutes : $ 80.00
Psychotherapy session, 80-90 minutes : $ 240.00
Payments are due in cash or check at the end of each visit.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Out of Network Provider:
Many insurance companies provide out of network benefits and will cover 50-80% of the cost of therapy. This means that fees are paid at the time of service and I will provide you with an itemized receipt. If you have out-of-network benefits as part of your insurance plan, you may submit these receipts to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement depends on the specifics of your individual policy. I am happy to provide you with any information needed for reimbursement. Make sure that you are comfortable paying for the services out of pocket until you receive reimbursement.
Questions to ask your insurance company and to think about before beginning therapy:
- Do I have out of network mental health benefits?
- Do I need prior authorization for psychotherapy? If so what information do I need for this?
- What amount will I be reimbursed for the following services with a licensed psychologist?
- Initial consultation: CPT or Procedure Code 90791 at a fee of $170
- Subsequent Psychotherapy Session: CPT or Procedure Code 90834 and/or 90837 at a fee of $150 per session
- Is there a session limit per year?
- Is there a deductible that I need to meet each year before I can being to receive reimbursement for my psychotherapy treatment?
Reasons to not use Insurance benefits
Many patients prefer not to use insurance benefits for psychotherapy, even if they have coverage. In order to receive insurance coverage I must submit a diagnosis of a reimbursable mental disorder. Some people are uncomfortable having a psychiatric diagnosis on their permanent health record. Others are seeking psychotherapy to help with issues related to relationships within the family, at work, or with others. Although psychotherapy can be very helpful in improving their lives and well-being they may not have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, and a diagnosis is required for insurance coverage. By self-paying you are in greater control over your treatment and it increases your confidentiality by limiting third party access. Lastly, others prefer not to deal with the hassles of using their insurance benefits and do not want their treatment restricted in any way.