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My private practice offers you an alternative to HMO-prescribed care. To maximize your control and confidentiality and to allow for the appropriate frequency, duration, and goals of treatment I accept direct payment for services.

** I provide receipts you can submit for Out-of-Network reimbursement **

A diagnosis is required to bill insurance and this stays on your permanent health care record. Many times individuals have symptoms that do not meet required criteria for a diagnosis which does not make them any less worthy of getting help. It is not necessary to be assigned a diagnosis prior to receiving the help you want.

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There are 5 ethically-based reasons why I choose not to work with managed care companies…
#1 – Conflicts of Interest

My primary concern is for your well-being. Managed care companies were created to control escalating health care costs.  Their primary motive is to reduce costs and increase profits, second to that comes consideration for quality of care.

#2 – Restricted Choice, Restricted Treatment

Managed care companies decide if you qualify to use your insurance for therapy and restrict: your choice of therapist, the number of sessions you are allotted, what is discussed in therapy, what kind of therapy is provided, and for how long.  This meets their financial criteria but may fail to afford you the opportunity to get the therapy that you need to make the changes you want. Furthermore, some managed care companies have “gag clauses” in their contracts to prevent therapists from suggesting more effective treatments.

#3 – Confidentiality

By contracting with managed care companies, it is likely that I would be required to share your deeply personal information with gatekeepers and ‘utilization review professionals’ (to get approval for initial and continued treatment); it would mean potentially allowing hundreds of others to have access to your personal information.

#4 – Medication

Research consistently shows that medication for problems with mood is most effective when combined with psychotherapy.  Despite this, managed care companies frequently approve ‘medication only’ for their members.

#5 – Lapse in Coverage

Managed care companies require therapists to convince ‘utilization review professionals’ that therapy is necessary. If a limited number of sessions is awarded and the client wishes to continue services, the ‘utilization review professionals’ need to be convinced again to extend treatment. This is detrimental to your progress due to imposed ‘stops and starts’.

My work with you assesses what is important to you and together we work to establish healthy change to get you the quality of life you desire.

This is your opportunity to heal, explore, prevent unhelpful patterns from reoccurring, achieve goals, and experience authentic personal thriving.

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                   $50/hr for students, low-income & disabled individuals                         $100/hr for individuals   |   $130/hr for couples

Payment is due at the end of your appointment (HSA cards, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).

Sessions are usually between 60 and 90 minutes (60 minute minimum; charged per quarter hour thereafter). Two-hour sessions are available by request.

** I provide receipts you can submit for Out-of-Network reimbursement **

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  • Your inquiry will get a direct response from Alison typically within 24 hours.
  • Most often your appointment can be scheduled within one week.
  • Evening and weekend appointments are available.

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