Getting Started

To schedule an initial appointment -- please click here. If you have questions, or would like to inquire about services, please visit the Contact page.

 

Prior to your initial visit, you will receive an email to activate your secure Patient Portal. Your Patient Portal contains intake and consent documents that you will be required to complete prior to your initial visit.

Rates

If I am not contracted with your insurance company, or if you choose not to utilize your insurance, the following rates will apply:

$120 - Initial Consultation

$90 - Individual Therapy

$110 - Couples Therapy

Reduced fees are available on a case-by-case basis. Please discuss this with your provider during your initial visit.

Accepted Insurance Plans

All Kansas Medicaid plans:

  • KanCare

  • Sunflower Health Plan

  • United Healthcare Community Plan

  • Aetna Better Health of Kansas

  • Ambetter

Payment Options

Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Debit/Credit

Benefits of Not Using Insurance

One of the biggest concerns about using medical insurance for mental health treatment is the possibility of losing confidentiality.  When your insurance is billed, not only do they require a diagnosis, but they gather information about the type of treatment you are receiving and whether you have improved or not (this is important to them because their goal is stop paying as quickly as possible). The insurer can also audit your records at any time they wish, which means they have full access to any details your provider has, including information the provider intentionally did not include in the claim submitted to the insurance company.  Any and all information, including progress notes, which can include details about what occurred during the therapy session, is technically open to the claims specialist.

Similarly, the average insurance claim passes through 14 people while it is being processed. These people are able to view information about your treatment including your diagnosis, treatment plans, progress notes, as well as any other information pertinent to them approving your claim. These details should be private, but are open to anyone with access when you use your health insurance.  

Any documented mental health treatment that is filed through your insurance will go on your permanent medical record. This can have a significant impact on your future ability to secure any health insurance coverage at all; if you are able to obtain insurance with this on your record, your insurance premium, deductible, and co-pays are likely to be much higher.

 

A large number of individuals have found that the self-pay option is best to handle their needs. It allows for a higher level of confidentiality, as access to your records is limited to you and your provider. Records are not shared with insurance companies or employers. This provides greater flexibility and autonomy in your treatment because there are no restrictions placed on what services are available to you. The length of care, frequency of sessions, and other aspects of your treatment is entirely up to you and your provider, without restrictions from your insurance company.

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