Therapy is an investment in yourself, and while many of us don’t hesitate to pay the doctor, the dentist, spend money on our children and our friends, we tend to feel guilty about spending money on ourselves. HSPs typically put others’ needs before their own needs. I totally understand this.
What I would invite you to think about is the quality of your life.
- Are you feeling rested, peaceful, joyful and content?
- Or are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, depleted and inadequate?
- Can you easily name a handful of strengths that you have?
- When challenges come up, do you feel overwhelmed, angry and incapacitated? Do you just want to hide?
- Or do you pause, gulp, then sigh, and then remind yourself that even though this is hard, you can handle the task at hand.
- If someone says you’re too sensitive, emotional, picky, high maintenance, indecisive, too deep, too quiet/shy or too demanding how does this leave you feeling?
- Do you mostly feel satisfied in your life with your job, family, friends and free time?
There is NO perfect life, and we all have our ups and downs! Therapy will not make your life perfect; however, It will give you tools and understanding, so when the sh*t hits the fan, you have the resources to manage.
When choosing a therapist to work with, you get to decide what you are able to afford and what your values are around money.
1. What are your fees?
My fee is $150 dollars for a 50 minute in office or online/virtual session.
2. What exactly am I paying for?
This is a great question! I hadn’t ever thought about it until I was talking with another therapist, and she told me she addresses this on her website (true confession).
You want to know that the therapist you’re investing your precious time and money into knows what the heck they’re doing!
You are paying for well over 30 years of education, training, certifications, personal therapy, consultation, licensure, and deep personal exploration in understanding myself and what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person.
My misfortune of having a number of hardships in my life, including some trauma, is your gift. In working through many of my own issues, I personally know not only what it’s like to have specific struggles, but I also know the power of working through those challenges, and learning what has been effective, and what approaches totally stink (and I don’t use those approaches!).
3. Do you have lower fee slots?
Yes! I offer a number of low-fee slots because I understand that not everyone can afford my full fee. Please check with me to see if I have any open slots.
4. Do you take insurance?
I accept Medicare (straight Medicare, not managed—like Secure Horizons).
If you have other insurance, I am happy to provide you with a form that you can send to your insurance for possible reimbursement. This means that you are responsible for payment when we have our session, and depending on your plan, a certain percentage of that may be paid to you by your insurance company.
I encourage you to call the number on the back of your insurance card to find out what your “out of network” benefits are. Please be sure to ask about deductibles, because these can often be quite high. Ask them where to send the “superbill” – that’s what the form I will give you is called. You will then need to send the superbill to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
When submitting a superbill, I am required to provide a mental health diagnosis. If you have questions about this, please bring it up when we speak.
5. How can I pay?
All fees are due on the day of the session or before. Payments can be made by exact cash, check or by credit card through the secure Electronic Health Record (EHR) I use.
6. Can someone else pay for my sessions?
Yes! If they are paying by credit card, their information can be entered into the EHR (with their permission).