Out of Network for Insurance Clients:
Beginning January 1, 2019, I am no longer accepting new clients wishing to use their in-network insurance benefits.
- I can provide an out-of-network receipt for reimbursement for work with couples, families, and individuals. Some clients have reported that their insurance company has a good reimbursement rate for out of network providers, so it’s worth looking into this option.
- I accept HSA/FSA card payments.
Q: Why don’t you accept in-network insurance?
A: I have thought a lot about this question. After several years of accepting in-network insurance because of my desire to make therapy accessible and affordable, I have realized that the requirements for clients to utilize their insurance benefits compromise the effectiveness of my work with clients.
For example, insurance providers require that clients continue to meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis to receive benefits, which reinforces clients demonstrating symptoms of mental health disorders versus encouraging wellness, healing, and growth or recovery.
I also do not believe in pathologizing normal marital or intimate relationship difficulties and take diagnosing individuals with mental health disorders seriously. These diagnoses may stick around for life, and may not be or remain completely accurate due to the complex nature of human existence.
Lastly, insurance companies are based on a medical model that has a one size fits all treatment approach- typically a 45 minute weekly session. Current research in the top couples and family therapy models supports longer sessions (90 minutes to 2 hours) in order for deep, long lasting change to occur.