Psychotherapy Fees & Policies
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A 60-minute psychotherapy session costs $150. This fee may be adjustable depending on financial need, depending on whether a slot is available for a client needing a fee adjustment.
Sessions longer than 60 minutes are pro-rated rate from the hourly rate. For example, a 90-minute session would cost $225.
There is no charge for cancellations if you notify me at least 24 hours in advance (by phone, text, or email) or if an urgent situation makes it impossible for you to attend. Otherwise, you will be charged the full fee for missed sessions.
I do not serve on any insurance or HMO panels, and I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. Some clients can receive reimbursement from their insurance company using out-of-network benefits, depending on the type of insurance they have.
Generally, the information that you provide to me in therapy sessions, phone calls, emails, and other communications is legally confidential, with several exceptions:
I am legally required to notify authorities about suspected child abuse or neglect by you or somebody else, and I have a similar mandate to report abuse or neglect of a person who is developmentally disabled or a senior citizen (age 70 and older).
If you are at substantial risk of harming another person, I am required to notify the intended victim and/or law enforcement.
If you are at extremely high risk of acting on suicidal thoughts and decline to receive a higher level of care, I may need to take steps to protect your safety without your consent. Disclosing suicidal thoughts or plans does not constitute extremely high risk if you do not intend to act on them very soon. Please let me know if you have concerns about what you can share without my being required to intervene. I am committed to your being fully informed about the limits of confidentiality when extreme risk for suicide exists.
In rare circumstances, psychotherapy records may be subpoenaed for criminal or civil legal proceedings.
Phone Calls and Email
I check my phone messages at least twice a day and will return calls within 24 hours, usually much sooner. I also check my email and text messages throughout the day. Generally, I am able to reply to email and text messages more quickly than to phone calls.
In a life-threatening emergency, you need to call 911 or go to their nearest hospital emergency room. If you are at immediate risk of attempting suicide or harming somebody else, an ambulance should be used to protect your safety.
In other urgent but non-life threatening situations, please feel free to call, text, or email me if you are already an established client, and I will contact you as soon as possible. Please note that I may not be able to return calls at night, and that daytime calls may require time for me to call back due to my other responsibilities as a therapist and professor. If you need to talk with someone immediately when I am not available, you may call the Colorado Crisis Support Line, a 24-hour crisis hotline staffed by licensed mental health professionals, at 1-844-493-TALK (8255).
I do not communicate with clients via my personal pages on Facebook or other social networking sites. I do have professional pages on Facebook and Twitter that clients may follow if they wish, but please aware that if you “like” one of those pages, it will be visible to others.