POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Insurance Philosophy

As a matter of personal and professional ethics, I do not accept insurance. Therefore, any diagnosis given regarding your mental health is part of your client record and kept between myself and you, the client. Diagnosis serves as a way for some to better understand the type of mental health condition they are dealing with. For others, they would prefer not to be “labeled” as a having a mental health condition. Most insurance providers require a diagnosis of a mental health condition and indicate that you must have an “illness” before they will agree to reimburse payment. The practice of counseling is built on a holistic, wellness model of human development, rather than a medical model. This means that individuals with mental health issues are viewed as having difficulties in transition and development, rather than being “sick.” Because insurance companies view mental health diagnosis as a way to categorize an illness, any diagnosis made would become part of your permanent insurance record. Information the insurance provider may need often includes the clinical diagnosis, treatment goals, and length of intended therapy. How the insurance company uses this information is beyond control of the counselor or client. I do not believe this is a healthy practice, nor does it respect your confidentiality and privacy. No information is released to insurance when you pay out of pocket (if you request a superbill for possible reimbursement from insurance, I have to disclose diagnosis and other information listed here).

HIPAA Compliance

For more about HIPAA compliance and privacy of your personal health information (PHI), please visit:

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/notice-privacy-practices/index.html

If you are a new client, please select the “I’m a new client” button, then choose an appointment time. You will be directed on how to create an account.

Existing clients can log into their account by visiting the client portal and choosing “Existing Clients.” Clients can send and receive messages, download forms, and handle billing and payments through the portal.