Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking about scheduling a consultation with me?  Please read these Q&As first.  They’ll answer a lot of your logistical questions about therapy fees, scheduling, insurance and health savings accounts.

Don’t forget– therapy fees are tax deductible expenses.  You can also use your HSA (health savings account) to cover your therapy fees.  Read on to learn more:

General

When do you schedule sessions?

Generally, I book appointments between 8 am and 4 pm Tuesday through Friday.  I don’t schedule appointments on evenings and weekends, but many of my associates do.

What is your fee for therapy?

My fee is $275 per 50 minute session.

How long have you been doing this?

I saw my first therapy client in 2005.  Since that time, I’ve provided more than 10,000 hours of therapy.  I’ve been studying anxious attachment, codependency, and trauma recovery for 16 years.  I’ve been practicing EMDR therapy for a decade.  It’s fair to say that I’m quite experienced in these areas.  Working with new moms is a newer interest of mine– within the last six years or so.  I’ve been taking trainings with PSI and reading a lot of Karen Kleiman‘s work to bring me up to speed in that area.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I am not in-network with any insurance plans.  I am considered an out of network provider.  If you have a PPO, chances are good they will cover at least a part of the cost of your therapy, once your deductible is met.

How does that work?  You pay me in full at each session.  Once your deductible is met, you can begin filing a claim with the insurance company for partial reimbursement of your cost. I am happy to provide you with monthly statements of services rendered and to help you with the filing process.  I’ve seen PPO plans pay anywhere from 0-80% of the cost of care.  It varies widely.

To determine if you have out of network mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

+ Do I have out of network mental health benefits?
+ How much does my insurance reimburse for an out-of-network provider?  What is the UCR (usual and customary rate) for psychotherapy in my plan?
+ What is my deductible?

Do you offer a sliding scale?

My rate is $200, and I do not have any sliding scale spots open at this time.

However, I do supervise associates who are able to provide counseling services on an affordable sliding scale of $100 to $120 per session.  You can learn more about these services here.

Can I use a heath savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for my therapy?

Yes, you can pay for therapy using an HSA card.  Most HSA cards work well in my practice.  Even if I get a card kicked back, I can easily give you a statement that has all the information you need to get reimbursed from your HSA plan without a problem.  Each plan is different.  It’s a good idea to call and figure out the easiest way for you to access your HSA or FSA funds.

Where are you located?

My office is located at 8700 Menchaca Road, Suite 806, Austin, Texas, 78748. Detailed directions will be given when the initial appointment is scheduled. Please check my Contact page for more details.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are unable to make an appointment, please give at least 24 hour notice. Failure to give this notice will result in a charge of the full session fee. You may email me or call me to cancel appointments.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to an emergency room. If it is not a medical emergency but you need to speak to someone immediately and you are in Austin, Texas/Travis County, please call the county crisis helpline at (512) 472-4357.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The fastest way to set up an appointment is by sending me an email offering days of the week and times of day that work for you.  The more times and days you offer, the more likely we are to find a match!

You can call me to set up an appointment directly at (512)-850-6781 or send a request via email.

Who do you work with?

I specialize in helping people-pleasers (aka, codependency and anxious attachment), new moms, and therapists.  I do a lot of trauma recovery work, too.  That said, I enjoy a diverse practice and work with all kinds of people.

Touch base and we can chat about what you want to work on and see if it feels like a fit.


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