While looking into how much therapy will cost, please take a moment to consider what you are hoping to gain from the investment. How much is it worth? This is not a strictly financial question. How much of yourself are you willing to invest in yourself, your goals, your life?
Individual counseling should start with an initial assessment session, which lasts approximately 90 minutes and costs $125. After the one-time assessment, on-going individual sessions normally last about 60 minutes and the fee is $100 per session.
Couples counseling, beginning with an assessment session where both members of the couple are present, costs $150 at assessment and $125 per session thereafter.
The fees quoted above are not the only option! Those figures represent the low end of the spectrum of customary rates for the Austin area, given my level of experience and areas of expertise. Upon request, and because I prefer to work on a direct pay basis, I will often work with clients at a lower rate if there is a particular request for my area of expertise or upon referral from a former client or another professional. Standard fee applies for initial sessions, however a lower rate can arranged based on client income and financial need. Please feel free to inquire!
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If you will be using health insurance or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), there are some things you should know before scheduling. This way, you and I can avoid the unexpected financial expenses that can arise due to otherwise avoidable misunderstandings about the insurance company’s payment policy.
Using Health Insurance
Does the policy provide mental health coverage (some individual policies, while very expensive, are not legally subject to mental health parity laws, and therefore do not cover counseling services)?
Is there is a deductible to be met before they share in the cost of treatment? Even if you have met your medical deductible, some policies have a separate deductible for behavioral health.)
Can you see a provider who is “out-of-network,” or are you limited to choosing from the list of providers who have signed contracts with the insurance company?
How much will your co-pay be? Some insurance policies require you to pay a higher deductible based on diagnostic impressions. All health insurance companies require providers to give a diagnostic impression during the first session. This dictates what sort of information must be gathered during the initial session, leaving less room to discuss what might be most useful to you, the client, at the time of service. Diagnostic guidelines are very specific and diagnosis must be made according to the client’s clinical presentation of symptoms, without regard to insurance reimbursement.
How many sessions you are allowed, and is there is a specific date by which those sessions must be used or forfeited?
Do you need an “approval number” to give to the front desk on your first appointment day? Some insurance policies require a referral from a medical professional, stating counseling is a medical necessity, before they will reimburse providers for services rendered.
Using an EAP:
EAPs will provide a specific number of sessions at no cost to you, through your employer’s plan. If you need to find out whether or not your employer contracts with an EAP, or where to reach the EAP to set up payment for treatment, contact your employer’s Human Resources Department. You will want to call the EAP to find out:
How many sessions are provided?
What if your sessions run out but you are not finished with treatment?
Most EAPs provide between 3 and 8 sessions. There can be no guarantee of how long it will take to achieve your desired results, so you’ll want to make sure that you and I have time to lay out and achieve the results you are looking for. Though it does sometimes happen, is extremely rare for therapy goals to be reached with only 3 sessions, and often not even with 8.