Q: Do you work in person at a school?
A: Whether you are a teacher, administrator, or in another role providing in person support to our community’s K-12 children, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lana Isaacson, LCSW, CAC III is offering a 20% discount per session to all school staff.
Q: What are your rates?
A: Please click on the file below titled “Financial and Attendance Policy” to see my current rates.
Q: Do you accept HSA/FSA card payments and/or insurance?
A: Yes, I accept HSA/FSA card payments.
- I am out of network for insurance clients.
- I can provide an out-of-network receipt for reimbursement. 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.
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 (75 minutes to 2 hours) in order for deep, long lasting change to occur.
Q. How Can I Make Therapy More Affordable?
1. Choose a package discount.
When you make this kind of investment (even just 5 sessions), it shows you’ve got skin in the game. This motivates clients to stay the course and have a much higher chance of reaching your goals. It’s a win-win because I want you to succeed too!
You can buy a package discount.
5 sessions = 20% discount
2. Attend therapy every other week. This empowers clients and allows them the opportunity to try out new skills learned in sessions.
Also, if appropriate attend support group meetings in between sessions.
3. Attend a couples workshop as these group programs are significantly discounted.
I am currently assisting workshop leaders in providing the highly regarded “Hold Me Tight” couples workshop. This is based on the EFT couples therapy model, which has the best outcome research. Please see my couples workshop page for more information.
In past years, I have also offered annual couples workshops- “Keeping the Spark Alive!” for parents of young children (birth-middle school) & “Have Each Other’s Backs Again” for couples in recovery who wish to rebuild trust. I am considering adapting these to an online live format during the Covid-19 pandemic.
4. View the cost of couples therapy in a new light!
Divide the cost of a session in two. Also, weigh the cost of divorce versus therapy and you’ll realize therapy is more cost-effective.
5. If you think you qualify, ask me about my limited number of sliding scale spots.
My sliding scale spots are based on your household net income and other factors (if you have children and/or elderly family members in your home). Let me know if you need a sliding scale rate. I also take into consideration the level of motivation for personal and relational change that potential clients express and demonstrate.
Q. What if you do not have a sliding scale spot available?
For those who are unable to afford therapy with me or other private practitioners, Denver Family Institute (DFI) (a marriage and family training institute) is an excellent option. Post-graduate interns who provide counseling are available at two locations on the north and south sides of Denver. Sliding scale rates are from $15 to $45 per session. For more, information please visit the website or call 303.756.3340.
I also have referral sources of high quality licensed therapists who accept EAP and/or insurance benefits.