The policies and practices of Gregory K., Licensed Counselor
"What is your fee for sessions and groups?"
As an independent contractor working with the Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness my fee is set by the practice owner and is based on my credentials, training, and experience.
For an individual 60 minute session the rate is $50. Clients typically visit weekly.
For the men's DBT Life Skills group, that meets weekly for 120 minutes, the rate is $62.50.
For the mindfulness practice group, that meets weekly for 60 minutes, the rate is $15.
"Do you accept Medicaid or private health insurance?"
This practice does not accept private insurance or Medicaid at this time. I personally understand the need to keep your budget in check and to make every dollar stretch. But it is also important to balance affordability with the risks of using health insurance companies or Medicaid providers to help pay for this kind of work. If you are curious about some of the risks and issues that come up along these lines then click the tab below.
Risks & Issues
1. Reduced Privacy - In order to bill properly health insurance companies and Medicaid have a right to view portions of your protected records. They may also make that information part of your general medical records, viewable by other doctors and healthcare services. A sensitive mental health diagnoses (such as "opioid use disorder" or "borderline personality disorder") may be part of these shared records. This could influence the way other healthcare providers work with you in the future. Other sensitive information about your mental health and personal life may also be stored in this way, or such information could be guessed based on what is stored. 2. Third Wheel - Health insurance companies and Medicaid often have policies on the number of sessions they will cover for certain mental health problems. They may also dictate goals for our sessions together, as well as the specific treatments that must be used. A specific mental health diagnosis will also be required by those companies, which may require me to administer further testing. For anyone with problems that fall outside those general guidelines things can become complicated. 3. Paperwork - Health insurance companies and Medicaid require a great deal of paperwork and make use of a great number of complex policies and rules. Often counselors need to hire billing specialists who are experts in these rules, or attend classes and read entire books on these policies and rules, just to be able to accept health insurance and Medicaid at all. I believe this time and money would be better spent taking classes about addiction recovery and counseling methods.
"Do you offer reduced fees or sliding scales?"
I currently offer a reduced rate for individual counseling sessions with current students of Asbury Theological Seminary. As a graduate from this institution this is my way of giving back to that community. I currently only have a set number of slots for reduced-rate clients though, so if you are interested and are a current student of ATS please contact me to get started.
For an individual 60 minute session the rate is $30. Clients typically visit weekly.
A referral from Asbury Seminary is appreciated but not required for this reduced rate.
"I am concerned about confidentiality and privacy. How will that work?"
When it comes to how we collect, store, and use your personal information every licensed counselor and mental health worker is bound by a strict set of ethical standards (as well as by law). For example, at my office we use HIPAA compliant record-keeping software, which means any digital records we make with your information are encrypted and legally protected by special legal agreements between ourselves and the record-keeping company. Your physical records are double-locked in our office as well. My psychotherapy notes for my clients are also legally protected to the point that it would take something as compelling as a court order for those records to ever be divulged against the will of my clients, and even then I would only share as little as I am legally obliged to share. These are just a few ways I work to protect your information.
Protecting your privacy is not just a matter of law and ethics though. It is also an important practical matter. If you do not feel safe sharing with me in my office then you might not share everything you need to share. Things will be left unsaid, or worry will infect our time together. Making my office feel safe and comfortable for you then is an absolutely essential part of my work.
When you have made your first appointment with me I will send you further information about how privacy and confidentiality will work in my office, and we will go over that information together when we meet. If you would like to talk more about the specifics of privacy and confidentiality in my office before you make your appointment though I would be glad to answer any questions and send you any information you need. Just get in touch with me and we can begin that conversation.
"When do you usually schedule appointments?"
I have slots available all throughout the week, including weekends. The slots I have available generally range in times from 10AM to 6PM. If you have a specific day or time slot in mind click here to get in touch and we will see what works best for you.
"What is your cancellation policy?"
My policy is similar to most doctor offices. I require 24 hours of notice if you will not be able to attend an appointment. If you cancel with less than 24 hours until your appointment you will be billed for the full session fee. (As soon as you think you might not be able to attend a session with me give me a call so that we can work together and figure out a way to keep you from paying for missed sessions.)