fees & logistics (& do you take my insurance?)
I can't overstate how important it is for both of us to have the opportunity to determine, live & in real time, if we are a good match; to this end I use the phone only to set up in-person consultations, not to speak about anything substantive. (I also happily schedule consultations via email). Consequently I only charge for that first session if you and I agree to work together. Otherwise I consider the session a consultation appointment, give referrals to other clinicians, and do not accept payment. Once you and I have committed to work together, my fee is $250 for a 45-minute session.
I do not participate in any HMOs or circumscribed provider lists but am New York State-licensed & certified, which means that if you have out-of-network mental-health coverage you should be able to get reimbursed for sessions at whatever rate is specified by your plan. At the end of each month I will provide you with what’s known as a superbill—complete with procedure code, diagnosis code and tax ID information— for you to file with your insurance company.