Fees for Service

Why Consider Paying Fees Privately or Out of Pocket?

Many clients choose to not involve insurance companies for counseling services. Out of pocket therapy sessions do not limit you to a diagnosis, treatment plan or a set number of sessions. Many plans do not cover individual, couples/relational or family therapy. A diagnosis is needed if you use insurance. This becomes a part of your permanent health record. Insurance companies have full right to all your records.

We will work collaboratively as a team to decide how often to attend therapy; not the insurance companies. The final advantage relates to session availability. A person seeking counseling is ready now to work on the issue at hand. Private Pay has the flexibility to get you in to see me much sooner.

Many may find the package deals below ideal for their therapeutic needs and the most economical. When you buy a prepaid 6 sessions package, it helps you to stay committed to the process of therapy. On days you may not want to go, you will hold yourself accountable because you made the commitment to do the work.

I am less concerned about clock watching and more concerned about my clients feeling they have received the most out of session.

Counseling Sessions

Individual (50 Minutes) – $150.00
Couple or Family (50 Minutes)- $185.00

Limited Reduced Fee options available contact for more details. University student discount of 15% off of full fee.

Prepaid Session Packages

6 (Individual) sessions – $700.00 SAVE $155.00!
6 (Couple) sessions – $900.00 SAVE $210.00!


For those who wish to take advantage of their PPO insurance coverage, a Superbill will be provided for you to submit to your insurance provider for partial reimbursement. This brings your total out of pocket costs down, allowing you the ability to see the professional of your choice.

I also am in-network with ANTHEM, CIGNA, & OPTUM insurance.

Cancellation Policy:

No charges will occur for appointments cancelled 24 hours or more prior to appointment date and time. Session fees will be charged for No-Shows or Late Cancellations. Voicemail is available 24 hours a day; and messages are checked daily. On prepaid sessions if appointment is skipped without 24 hour notice you will forfeit a session.



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