How We Begin
HOW WE BEGIN:
The first session is an initial consultation to explore the obstacles that inspire you to reach out for support, your vision of what is possible, and an orientation to the inner and outer resources you might access to move from the dance you’re in, to the dance you want to be in. Before our session, I will email you an invitation to set up your client portal account with TheraNest, the practice management site I use. You will submit a few intake forms through your client portal before our first session begins, and will receive an email appointment reminder with instructions of how to connect with me via telehealth.
During our initial consultation, we'll both assess if it's a good match to continue our work together, and if it is, we'll schedule follow up sessions and dive in. If you'd be better served by another therapist, I'll be happy to offer you referrals to colleagues who can support you with your intentions.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, until Michigan is in Phase 5, I am only offering telehealth via a HIPAA compliant site called TheraNest and by phone for those who prefer not to connect by video.
When I am able to reopen for in person sessions, my office is located at 2020 Hogback Road Suite 11 in the Atria Park Business Center located by U.S. 23 and Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor. There is ample free parking at Atria Park. There are two waiting areas: one is in the atrium on the first floor and I can meet you there just before our session begins. The second is in our suite, #11. We ask that clients remove their shoes during their visit.
We may explore postures or breathing exercises, so dress in comfortable clothes for standing, sitting and lying down.
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. For telehealth payments, I accept Venmo and PayPal. My current fee for an initial consultation for holistic psychotherapy and couples therapy is $150 for an hour, and thereafter, ongoing sessions, which are 50 minutes long, are $135 for individuals and $150 for couples. I can provide you an invoice to submit for reimbursement to an out-of-network PPO plan, your HSA or Flex Spending Account. If you are using this type of account for payment, the full session fee is due at the beginning of each session.
I am currently accepting BCBS PPO insurance, both Federal plans and Michigan plans. If you are using your insurance benefits to cover the cost of therapy, you will complete a waiver so that I can bill your insurance company. If you have a PPO plan that is not BCBS, you can contact your insurance company to determine if they will reimburse you for out-of-network care. Co-pay and deductible payments are due at the beginning of each session. Note - if you have a BCBS BCN plan, that's an HMO, not a PPO plan and I'm not able to bill BCN and they do not reimburse for out-of-network care.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment for any reason, please contact me by phone. My cancellation policy is no fee for more than 48 hours of notice and $75 for less than 48 hours of notice (medical emergencies are the exception). If it is possible to reschedule within the same business week, the fee is waived.
Level of Care:
Note: my practice can not meet the high acuity needs of individuals or couples where one or both people are actively suicidal, homicidal, have an untreated substance addiction, are engaged in domestic violence, have needed psychiatric hospitalization in the past year or are seeking a legal evaluation for custody.