A private approach to mental health care tailored to your personality and goals. Appropriate frequency and duration of appointments create lasting change!
THERE ARE SIX 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 quality of care considerations.
#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, the duration of each session, what is discussed in therapy, what kind of therapy is provided. This meets their financial criteria but may fail to afford you the therapy you need to make changes you want. Some have “gag clauses” in their contracts to prevent therapists from suggesting more effective treatments.
#3 – CONFIDENTIALITY
Managed care companies, insurance gatekeepers, and ‘utilization review professionals’ require access to your personal information and file notes, this allows many people to view your personal information and details of your sessions.
#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 demand a case be made for the “necessity” (which is defined by them) of your therapy. If a limited number of sessions is granted and you wish to continue therapy thereafter, we must again go through the approval process for additional sessions to *possibly* be covered. This is detrimental to your progress due to imposed stops and starts.
#6 – MANDATORY DIAGNOSIS
A diagnosis is required to bill insurance and this stays on your permanent health care record. Many times individuals are challenged with symptoms that do not meet full diagnostic criteria, but I do not believe this makes them less worthy of getting help.
Let’s focus on what is important to you & establish healthy change so you enjoy the quality of life you want.
This is your opportunity to heal, explore, achieve goals, thrive authentically, prevent unhelpful thought & behavioral patterns.
Individual $120/hr | Couple $150/hr | Student $50/hr
Upon request, an itemized receipt to submit for potential **Out-of-Network reimbursement** will be provided
Sessions are usually between 60 and 90 minutes 60 minute minimum; charged per quarter hour thereafter
Payment is due at the end of each appointment Cash, Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, & HSA/FSA cards [$5 credit card surcharge]
- Text/Call [608-567-4648] or Email [AKCounselingMadison@gmail.com] and your inquiry will get a response directly from Alison within 48 hours
- Most often your appointment can be scheduled within one week
- Evening and weekend appointments available
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