Individual Session: $100 Couple and Family Session: $120
The Counseling Studio works independently of insurance. Here are the reasons why...
You are not your diagnosis. In order for me to bill your insurance, I have to assign you with a mental health diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V – used by psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers, licensed professional counselors and the medical community. The diagnosis has to be serious enough to warrant payment from an insurance company because they won’t pay for all diagnosis. This “label” or diagnosis then goes on your (or your child’s) permanent medical record. The insurance company will assign an employee to "manage" or monitor your activities in therapy, which can include reading about your personal matters being discussed and number of sessions you attend.
You should have control over your mental health. In collaboration, you and I will decide your goals in therapy, how long to be in therapy and what treatments are working. Insurance companies dictate how many sessions you are allowed for each diagnosis and what treatment procedures they are willing to pay for. You should decide how long you are in therapy and what methods of treatment you respond to, without being restricted.
Privacy. When you use insurance to pay for counseling, the insurance company is provided your diagnosis and all of my reports on your progress. Thus, your confidentiality is breached.
I work for you, not your insurance company. When you use private pay, you are in charge and we collaborate on your wellness. I work very hard to understand your issues, and stay educated on the latest treatments because I work for you. However, when you use insurance to pay for counseling, the insurance company is regulating how much I get paid, what treatments I can use, what diagnosis you are, and when we have to stop. Who am I working for then?