During the first session the clinician will do both a formal and informal intake with you so that we might immediately deal with the issue that brought you into our offices in the first place. There are certain things that must be discussed during the first session to comply with sound medical practices including the Limits of Confidentiality, the length of the session, the fee and how therapy works. It is also a great time to get ask the therapist any questions you may have.
The Center’s standard fee for a 45 minute session is $125.00. This is below the industry standard of $150, but we are trying to make therapy affordable to the community. We do offer a sliding scale fee for those who can demonstrate financial hardship ranging from $85-$125 for an MFT and ranging from $90-$125 for a Clinical Psychologist or Psychoanalyst. Our fee for seniors who are paying out of pocket ranges from $65 to $125 depending on their financial circumstances.
We are “In-network” for several insurance companies, and when using your insurance your cost is established by them. You are responsible to pay for your insurance plan determined cost share at every session. We are bound by our in-network contracts to honor the patient responsibility established by your insurance carrier.
Please note, if your insurance company does not reimburse us, you will be responsible for the full cost of the session.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all appointments are being conducted via Telehealth only.
By entering into treatment, you are committing to attend therapy once a week, on the same day and time. Your appointment time is reserved for you and is part of the treatment plan you have agreed to with your therapist. Insurance companies do not reimburse therapists for missed sessions, so your absence is a financial hardship for your therapist and a disruption in your treatment. At Beachside, we understand that things come up from time to time that can complicate plans. When this happens, your therapist is willing to help by rescheduling your session or by providing a time where you can do a make-up session.
However, if neither is possible, you are responsible for the full fee and not just the co-pay. Make-up sessions can be done via Zoom or other HIPPA approved software. But please be aware that this is extra work for your clinician, and it must be the exception rather than the rule. Your cooperation is needed to make these changes work. After two months of attending sessions regularly, we will waive up to two missed session fees per calendar year when given at least 48 hour notice. Other sessions must be rescheduled or paid for by you. Again, if you can reschedule, in person, via Zoom or via phone session, you will not be charged for a missed session as long as your insurance company allows Telehealth/Telephonic sessions.
We have a waiting list of people in our community who really want and need our help and would be willing to attend regular sessions. If you are not able to make this commitment, we can provide you with a referral.
ASSESSMENT OF YOUR PRESENTING CONCERN
At Beachside Therapy we believe it is important to assess a client’s symptoms using an assessment tool that will empirically measure symptoms rather than hastily jumping to a diagnosis that may brand the client.
As such, if you present with symptoms of depression, anxiety PTSD or trauma we can, if you wish, perform a formal, free-of-charge assessment for these disorders. We use assessment tools such as Beck’s Depression Inventory, Beck’s Anxiety Inventory and the CAPS, which is the “gold standard” in assessing PTSD, as part of the intake procedure.