Solo Practice Policies

 

  • Office Hours and Appointments

  • Payment and Billing

  • Confidentiality and Privacy

  • Missed Sessions

  • Telephone / Email

 

Office Hours and Appointments

I see clients in my office by appointment only. To check availability at my New York City location, please contact me by phone or email. I check for messages between sessions and return calls within 24 hours, urgent calls are returned as soon as possible. I make every effort to start and end psychotherapy sessions on time. Individual sessions are 50 minutes and family and couple sessions are generally 60 minutes in length. DBT groups are 90 minutes in length and a module run from 6 to 8 weeks. Frequency of indivual, couples or family visit range from weekly to monthly sessions, depending upon mutually agree treatment goals. I try to accommodate and balance treatment needs with people’s real time and financial constraints by establishing frequencies that are therapeutic and useful.

                   

                Average cost per session:          Individual Psychotherapy 45 min. /$120 - $180                                                                                    Couple’s or Family Therapy 60 min. /$220                                                                                            Group 90min./$80 

Payment and Billing

Please note in advance several features of my payment policies:

  • My clients pay me directly at the time of service unless we arrange a mutual agreement with a financially responsible family payer.

 

  • Method of payment: check, PayPal, or cash. I do not take credit card at this time.

  • Monthly or quarterly receipts provided upon request for out-of–network reimbursement and or your records.

  • I do not bill insurance companies or any third party payer as a solo practitioner.

  • I am on provider panels for clients that are able to see me at the following group practice location:

 

                    Wellness Embodied*

                    126 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

                    insurance accepted: BCBS, Empire, medicaid (Fidelis) and medicare. Out of network and out                       of pocket.

                   *I do not schedul appointments at this practice, you must contact                                                           them directly at 845-419-0303 or email wellnessembodiedcenter@gmail.com

 

Please note that I bill for the following services:

  • Office based sessions (describe under ‘Office Hours and Appointment’

  • Telephone or video sessions ( These may not be reimbursed through insurance coverage)

  • Telephone consultations with family members, greater than ten minutes in length

 

I am able to discuss my fee in advance for any of these services.

 

Confidentiality and Privacy

I thrive to maintain vigilance regarding the confidential nature of my work with clients. At my solo practice, I maintain paper treatment records. I store contact, forms and billing information on my personal computer, which is backed up on my own hard drive. I do not share information electronically unless you specify it on a consent for release and exchange of information form.

 

I do use email for scheduling purposes, but only at the initiation and request of client. I insist client refrain from use of electronic means (email, text) to communicate treatment needs or conditions.

I will not share information with third parties regarding my clients without their express consent.

 

Missed Sessions

 

I charge my full fee for all cancelled or missed sessions unless I am notified at least 24 hours in advance. Exceptions are made in the case of dire and serious medical illness or family emergencies. On days of inclement snow, freezing rain weather that makes for hazardous driving, I make every effort to reach my scheduled clients in the morning to clarify if session can take place as planned.

 

I understand that human and computer errors can interfere with people’s intentions to keep their appointments. From my years in the field, I have seen a familiar trait of client missing sessions due to unconscious resistance or ambivalence about maintaining appointment. I strongly recommend taking advantage of these opportunities to work through barriers that can lead to immense freedom from constraints (ambivalence, apathy, etc) and increase interpersonal effectiveness by keeping reserved time with me.

 

Telephone / Email

I make every effort to return calls within 24 hours. When leaving a voice message, please provide a concise description of the purpose of your call and please leave a phone number and suggested time frame for reaching you. In the event of an emergency, please note that this number is to be use by established client ONLY in the case of a true emergency.

Email is a convenient and reliable way of reaching me for scheduling purposes only. If I don’t respond to your email within 48 hours, please assume that it did not reach me, and please leave a voice message.