What's the investment to work with you?
Sessions are $220 for individuals (50-minute sessions) and $260 for couples (75-minute sessions) and are out of pocket, meaning I do not accept insurance. Learn more about why my practice is private pay and how to use your out-of-network insurance benefits below.
How frequent are sessions?
I highly recommend all new clients begin on a weekly basis. You're coming to me to work through some raw and tender themes in your life. The more consistent we can be in meeting, the safer your body is going to feel to engage in somatic work. I also offer every-other-week sessions if it's appropriate for your needs. I do not offer monthly sessions.
What are your hours?
I work with clients Tuesdays - Thursdays 9 - 3 pm Eastern Time.
How long do people usually work with you?
I will have a better idea of how long you might expect to work on your initial goals after a few sessions. At the end of the day, however, it's completely up to you how long we work together. While therapy helps us find closure on many things in our lives, it also tends to open things up. I view therapy as a layered and multi-functional process that we can choose to be engaged with at any point in our lives. Together, we can identify the theme and scope of your care. Learn about your right to receive a Good Faith Estimate.
Where do we meet?
I provide both in-person and teletherapy to people living in Michigan. I'm based in Ypsilanti, MI, and if you are nearby you are more than welcome in my office.
What if I don't live in Michigan?
If you are interested in working with me but live out of state, I do provide virtual coaching for Mixed & Multiracial folks. During a consultation, we can explore if the scope and fit of coaching works for you.
What is somatics?
Learn more about the history and purpose of somatic approaches here.
Payment is due at the time of service
I keep your credit card information on file in my secure electronic health record system and I charge it following our session.
I also accept HSA/FSA cards for therapy services.
If we need to discuss other payment arrangements we can do so before we begin working together.
If your insurance plan covers out-of-network treatment, I can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance provider for partial to full reimbursement.
Check the Summary of Benefits that is typically included in your member information packet or on your insurance company website.
Call your insurance company to verify. Ask them:
What is my out-of-network deductible for outpatient mental health care?
How much of my deductible has been met this year?
What is my out-of-network coinsurance for outpatient mental health care?
Do I need a referral from an in-network provider to see someone out-of-network?
How do I submit claim forms for reimbursement?
Ask your insurance provider if they cover CPT code 90847.
A potential barrier you may run into is that many insurance plans, unfortunately, will not reimburse for relationship therapy (couples, family, etc.) because healthy relationships do not meet "medical necessity" (see more below)
Why Private Pay?
Insurance companies require detailed paperwork as a condition of payment. This can compromise your confidentiality as paperwork containing your private information can be passed through various representatives before reaching its final destination. Because I'm private pay, you don't have to worry about me sharing your information with anyone except in very rare circumstances involving your safety (which we'll talk about in our first session).
Insurance companies can influence treatment decisions such as the duration, the frequency of your treatment, or even the type of therapy provided. They also limit the types of therapists you can work with to those who are paneled with their plans (AKA "in-network). At Root to Rise, we'll have complete freedom over your care.
Insurance companies require "medical necessity" as a condition of payment. This means you must receive a diagnosis from the DSM V in order to qualify for covered care. In my experience, most clients cannot be simply categorized into a predetermined set of criteria. Furthermore, diagnoses become part of your medical record and follow you for your life; they can affect you if you are applying for certain kinds of employment, insurance, or are going through certain kinds of background screening. We can talk about diagnoses if that's helpful for you, but otherwise I don't need to pathologize you to help you.
No Diagnosis Necessary
A Present Therapist
Unlike settings where therapists work as employees, private practice therapists are self-employed. This means there are a variety of considerations for us involving the "business side" (including money flow) of our practice. As a therapist in private practice, my fee includes:
Cost of medical insurance and lack of other benefits such as paid time off, medical leave, etc.
Ongoing training, licensure, & liability insurance
Keeping my caseload a reasonable size because each of my clients deserves me at my best!