Many people new to the therapy process have questions about how it works. Here are a few details that might help you to understand my approach and how I run my practice.
How long is a session?
A typical counseling session, which can involve a single individual, a couple, or an entire family lasts about 50 minutes, although I am not a stickler for time and do not usher patients out at the ring of a bell.
In some cases, depending on your scheduling needs, I can meet for longer sessions of 2-4 hours. The sessions themselves will vary based on your needs and the type of work we’ve chosen to do together.
Where do we meet?
I meet with most clients at my office or, within the Twin Cities metro, I can come to your home, office, or corporate campus for an additional fee.
What is expected of the client?
As an initial part of the process you will fill out an intake form and an informed consent form.
Therapy is a collaboration. Generally, in the early stages I do a lot of listening. Later on we will work together and sometimes I will ask you to take the lead with exercises and occasional “homework.”
Payment for sessions is due at the time of service. All charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. My goal is not to have finances become a barrier to therapy.
Sliding scale: I offer a sliding fee scale down to $125 per 50–60 minute session based on income level, and generally will not be reduced lower than $125 per 50-minute session. However, limited slots are offered if you are experiencing financial hardship. If you are experiencing financial hardship, and a slot is available, rates may be reduced lower than $125 for a limited basis. For more information please speak with me directly.
Connected Life Counseling
$175 per 50-60 minute session
After 60 minutes additional cost is in 15 minute intervals based on the hourly rate.
I bill out of network. Insurance co-pays are determined by the type of insurance you have, i.e.; co-pay versus co-insurance and meeting a deductible.
I can give my client an official claims form for submission to insurance, however this requires a mental health diagnosis. The following is what I have on my informed consent.
Fee-for-service option: Your payment may be reimbursed through Out-of-Network benefits, a Medical Flex Spending account or a Health Savings Account. (Please check with your resource to verify reimbursement requirements.)
Quick facts about the benefits of seeing a fee-for-service provider:
1) Insurance does not cover relational difficulties such as couples and family therapy, they require a DSM-V diagnosis for one of the members. As a fee-for-service provider, I do not have to give you a mental health diagnosis.
2) Mental health diagnoses can follow you and be documented on health records and can result in affecting life insurance applications, health insurance applications and other benefits or services.
3) Together, we can determine how many times we meet instead of the insurance company making that decision.
4) Since a treatment plan, notes and billing information are not being released to an insurance company, a greater amount of confidentiality is in place for you.
Do you still have questions?
If you have further questions, or are interested in discovering whether working with me is a good fit for your needs, I encourage you to reach out to me for an introductory conversation in one of the following ways:
Mark Glover, MA, LMFT