Below, find some commonly asked questions about therapy and about Stephanie's policies.
I am a psychodynamically-oriented therapist which means that we work together to bring what's under the surface (subconscious) into consciousness. We look at how your world has shaped you, the relationships you have, and the decisions you make.
I am also EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)-trained to work with couples. Here we look at how your particular dynamic can be a place to heal and learn from each other. I believe that we all have the ability to be active participants in our healing and in our lives.
Individual therapy happens typically once or twice a week and sessions last 45 minutes.Treatment length can vary, but it's important to note that deep work takes time and commitment from you.
Couples therapy happens typically once a week and sessions last 55 minutes. Some couples find better communication after 8-20 sessions, and others continue weekly as a part of their ongoing relationship hygiene.
I am an out of network provider, which means that the full cost of the session is due after each session. I will then provide documentation that you can submit to your insurance. If your plan has out of network benefits, they may reimburse 60-80% of your fees, and many plans will reimburse at 100% after your out of network deductible is met.
45-55 minute sessions range from $250-$275/session, depending on availability. There are a limited number of sliding scale spots available in my practice. We will discuss rates in our consultation session. Cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before the session time to avoid being charged for the missed session.
You have the right to receive what's called a Good Faith Estimate that explains how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
• You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
• Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
• If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
• Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 1-877-696-6775.
Stephanie West, LMHC
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