In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. We will fill out forms and provide you with whatever assistance we can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of our fees. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. Navigating through insurance benefits can be challenging so please feel free to contact us with any questions about insurance and we will do our best to provide or obtain an answer for you.
You should also be aware that your contract with your health insurance company requires that we provide them with information relevant to the services that we provide to you. If you are seeking reimbursement for services under your health insurance policy, you will be required to sign an authorization that allows us to provide such information. We are required to provide a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes, we will be requested to provide additional clinical information such as treatment plans or summaries, or copies of your entire Clinical Record. This may require additional authorization. If you refuse such authorization, the insurance company can deny your claims and you will be responsible for paying for services yourself. In such situations, we will make every effort to release only the minimum information about you that is necessary for the purpose requested. This information will become part of the insurance company files and will probably be stored in a computer. Though all insurance companies claim to keep such information confidential, we have no control over what they do with it once it is in their hands. In some cases, they may share the information with a national medical information databank. We will provide you with a copy of any report we submit, if you request it. Once we have all of the information about your insurance coverage, we will discuss what we can expect to accomplish with the benefits that are available and what will happen if they run out before you feel ready to end your sessions. It is important to remember that you always have the right to pay for our services yourself to avoid the problems described above.
Our work is guided by several important values and principles that we feel contribute to the strong, trusting and respectful connections our clients form with our therapists.