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FEES, INSURANCE, Etc.

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Insurance

 

I accept the following:

  • Kaiser Permanente (but not Kaiser Medicare) via Westside Behavioral Care

  • Many if not most HSA accounts will allow you to pay for your sessions through them, even if it's a different insurance.

  • There's a possibility that if you have Medicare with Kaiser, you may qualify for coverage.  Check with Beth on this, as it may change over time.

Generally speaking I am unable to accept Medicare of any kind. I also do not accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield  at this time.

Regardless of insurance coverage, it is ALWAYS the responsibility of the client to pay for any and all sessions not covered by their insurance.  

 

If you have a different insurance and it will contribute to "Behavioral Health" outside of your network, I will provide the billing paperwork that you can submit for reimbursement.  They will sometimes reimburse 50% or more.

 

I am NOT a provider with Value Options or United Behavioral Health.

 

 

If you want to use your insurance, please do the following before your first appointment:

 

  • ask  your insurance provider if you have to meet a deductible before they will pay for mental health, and if so, how much further do you have to go

  • if you don't have to pay toward a deductible, ask them how much your co-pay will be for mental health.

 

All fees are your responsibility regardless of whether you think your insurance will pay.

Zoom or Phone Sessions

and Questions Between Sessions

 

If you are unable to make the drive but want to keep your appointment, doing a Zoom or phone session is a good alternative.  FaceTime is an alternative but not preferred. You must have a debit or credit card for payment.

 

Phone calls, texts, or emails between sessions are fine if  they are brief and not overdone.  On occasion a situation arises where between-session counsel is sought.  If you think you would like to talk with me for an extended period of time, please schedule a phone session, even if it is as brief as 15 minutes. Unscheduled requests for phone time will usually not be met, but I will be happy to schedule something when I can give my undivided attention.

 

In-between phone consults are charged by the quarter hour.

 

I am also available for Zoom and phone work for those who live outside the Denver Metro Mountain area.  Call for details.

ZOOM PROTOCOL - DO's and DON'Ts

Now that we have survived the pandemic, remote sessions have become a way of life.  This evolution has made therapy possible for many people who otherwise could not take time away from family, or in some cases, drive hours each way to see the therapist of their choice.

It has also created new challenges to how we do therapy. Throughout the pandemic, I chose to stay fluid, knowing that all of us were under a new stress, and we had to learn to accommodate.

Now, however, there are certain behaviors that some of us have done during therapy that are too much of a compromise. So here's a list of preferences for zoom protocol.

First, the DON'Ts

1.  PLEASE let's not do a session while you are driving!!! If you have to be enroute, please pull over in a quiet, shady place where you can be undivided in your session.  This is a request even if the session is by phone.

2.  Some people are actually working while in session.  I can't see how many computer screens you have open, and if you are checking emails, watching the stock market, anything that takes you away from your session with me, I can't effectively help you.  It also suggests that therapy is perhaps not a priority. Like anything else, you get from it what you put into it.

3.  Many people with young children are now able to get therapy even without childcare.  I recognize how beneficial this is, and it's where I tend to be most accommodating. That said, having a young child or children  who need frequent attention will create a significant distraction and at times can prevent all but the most superficial of therapeutic exploration to occur.  If you are going to commit to therapy, get childcare even if you are still at home, so the time can truly be spent for you. Otherwise you will leave feeling frustrated and that "therapy doesn't help."  

But Yes, here are The PLEASE DO's

1.  Please do as much as possible to create a setting as close to being in an undisturbed room as possible.  

2. Unless you are expecting an urgent phone call, please turn off your phone, your watch, other screens, and/or anything else that may beep with alerts during our session.

3. Please do allow enough time both before and after our session for some reflection about our sessions.  Coming straight from a work meeting that ends at 2:59 and jumping into a therapy session at 3:00 pm means the first several minutes will be taken by settling in, often with no clue about how you want to use the time.  Having to go straight into another work event right after a therapy session will truncate any very valuable reflection and integration of our work. Therapy is, after all, for you.  Let's not let the 21st century intrusive way of life flood this most intimate and rich personal experience!

4. Along the same lines, you may want to explore where to do our zoom sessions. If you are sitting at a desk for work and sitting at the same desk for therapy, how do you disengage with all the stresses of work? Energetically work is seeping into your consciousness.  Would this happen in my office? Probably not :)

 

Social Media

 

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