Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your rates?
Rates for therapy depend on the service provided. Please call for more details.
Do you take insurance?
Being is considered “in-network” for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Optum (Medica), Preferred One, Aetna, and Cigna, and “out-of-network” for all others, such as Health Partners. What this means is that therapy may or not be covered either partially or in full. If you have insurance which is considered “out-of-network,” we would advise you to call your insurance company first and ask:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- Do I have “out-of-network” mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Information is power, so the more information you have about your insurance plan, the better able you will be to make an informed decision about the right therapist for you. Because insurance can be difficult to understand and navigate, I do submit claims to insurance (both in- and out-of-network) on your behalf.
Do you offer a sliding or reduced fee?
I understand that therapy can be expensive, especially for those who don’t have insurance. To that end, I do offer a limited number of reduced fee schedules for those who qualify. If this is something you need in order to attend therapy, please call for more information.
What are my payment options?
Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. Payment for co-payments and deductibles are due at the time of service. Clients not utilizing insurance must pay amount due in full at the time of service.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Because I reserve a spot for you each week and do not over-schedule appointments, I ask that if you cannot make your appointment to please call or email at least 24 hours in advance. Should you not do this, the policy of Being is to charge for the full cost of the session unless there has been an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
Medications such as anti-depressants were never meant to be long-term solutions. In fact, if used for the long-term, their effectiveness is decreased over time resulting in either needing to increase the dose or move to a new drug. The result is that you will always be chasing a new temporary solution.
Therapy, on the other hand, allows you to develop insight, skills, and tools right now that will always be effective – not just now but also in the future. They will not decrease in strength nor will they have a negative side-effect on your body. In our therapy sessions, we will focus on traditional talk therapy which can provide you with new insight and power which may make medication unnecessary for you in overcoming your issues.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, who conducted a meta-analysis of current research on the subject of medication vs therapy, the conclusion was reached that “medication is not superior to cognitive behavior therapy in treating severe depression in the outpatient setting.”