Insurance, Fees and Sliding Scale

How much are sessions?

My fees range from $90 – $150 per session depending on type of session. Group fees vary.

What if I can’t afford the sessions?

Everyone should have access to the mental health and emotional support services they need. If you feel that paying the full cost of the sessions could be a hardship, I do offer a sliding scale starting at $50 for an individual session or $60 for a family session. If you feel that you need services and cannot afford this, let me know.

Do you bill insurance?

Yes. I am in-network with Regence/Blue Cross Blue Shield, Providence, United Behavioral Health, Health Net/MHN, and PacificSource (Reliant).  If you would like to bill another insurance provider for our sessions, I am able to provide documentation, including a diagnosis, that you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement as an out-of-network provider.  I believe that the services I provide should be determined by my best judgement and yours, not a financial provider’s. Therefore, if we decide together that your care requires services above and beyond what your insurance company is willing to cover, we can discuss how to handle that.

Did you know?  Social Workers have a Code of Ethics that helps guide our practice. The Code of Ethics address payment for services here:

When setting fees, social workers should ensure that the fees are fair, reasonable, and commensurate with the service performed. Consideration should be given to the client’s ability to pay. … Social workers elevate service to others above self-interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).

Clinical social workers shall establish a fee structure when in independent private practice or utilize the fee structure of the agency in which they are working. All fees and procedures for payment shall be discussed with the client at the beginning of treatment; to minimize misunderstanding, it is useful to present these policies in writing as well. This discussion should include the use of insurance reimbursement and how it will be handled; charges for missed or canceled appointments, vacations, and collateral contacts; and any other financial issues. Clinical social workers shall not refuse service to clients solely because the clients are not covered by insurance.

Billing procedures shall be included in the original discussion and clients’ accounts shall be maintained according to acceptable accounting methods, with all bills and receipts provided on a regular and timely schedule. Clinical social workers shall discuss overdue accounts with clients and make every effort to avoid accrual of debt. When it is clear to a client and clinician that, for whatever reason, the client can no longer afford to pay for treatment, a mutually acceptable alternative plan for compensation or an orderly and appropriate termination or referral shall be instituted. Nothing in this standard shall be construed to rule out an individual clinician’s decision to provide services on a pro bono basis.

Source: National Association of Social Workers.