For Psychotherapy, I accept Highmark, UPMC, Upmc for Life, PA Medicaid, Medicare, United, and Cigna Insurance plans.

I do not accept insurance for Psychological Testing services. These are paid out-of-pocket.

Please contact me prior to our first session to determine insurance eligibility and benefits.

FEES

Fees are the charged rates for out-of-pocket services. If you use insurance, I accept the contracted fee as determined by my relationship with the insurance company. Supervision and consultation fees are always out-of-pocket.

Service                                                              Cost

Initial Diagnostic Session                                $150.00                   60 Minutes

Hourly Rate: Psychotherapy                           $150.00                   55 Minutes

Hourly Rate: Psychological Testing                $150.00                  Testing includes intake, in-office testing, interpretation, and writing

Psychological Testing

Intake Consultation, 2 hours            $300.00

In-Office Testing, per hour               $150.00

Remote Testing                                 Cost of Tests ($30-$75 per test) Available for some tests

Scoring and Writing, per hour         $150.00

Typically, each hour of in-office testing requires 1 additional hour of scoring/writing

Review of Test Findings, 1 hour       $150.00

 Most diagnostic or psychoeducational testing batteries require approximately 4-6 hours of in-office testing. Overall evaluation costs range between $1000.00 and $2500.00.

How to Pay: Insurance or Out of Pocket?

There are certain advantages of deciding to pay out-of-pocket if you are able to do so. 

1. Paying for psychotherapy out of pocket minimizes the exposure of your protected health information (PHI). Whenever you use insurance benefits to cover psychotherapy, the provider, albeit with your consent, has to release certain types of information to the insurance carrier in order to a) verify your eligibility for coverage, b) pre-authorize services (if applicable), and c) to process claims to obtain payment. As the result, the provider informs the insurance carrier of such personal matters as the nature of the issues you struggle with (presenting problem), psychiatric diagnosis, your treatment plan, and prognosis. When you Self-Pay, your therapy remains completely private (with the exceptions to confidentiality such as in the event of persistent suicidal ideation, etc.). No reports of your treatment are shared with your insurance and all records remain with the therapist only.

2. Furthermore, the advantage of Self-Pay includes the fact that no records of therapy exist in the Medical Information Bureau. MIB records of your therapy could potentially compromise your ability to get current or future life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance. Self-Pay, thus, involves no psychiatric diagnosis code. If, however, you were using your insurance benefits, you would have to be assigned a psychiatric diagnosis in order for the provider to justify the medical necessity for the services provided. Once such diagnosis code is recorded by the insurance, it becomes part of your health care record. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE INSURANCE BENEFITS A DIAGNOSIS IS REQUIRED. 

3. Since there are certain types of therapy that may not be covered by your insurance, such as relationship or couples therapy or group therapy, and certain modalities of therapy that might not be covered by your insurance, Self-Pay allows you to stay in control of your treatment. Self-pay allows you to also determine the length of your treatment based on your needs rather than on the basis of the allotted session benefits.