BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT MY PRIVATE PRACTICE
I meet with patients for Jungian psychoanalysis or psychotherapy. Either of these may include sandplay or other expressive methods.
I also consult to professionals in mental health and related fields, in person and via a secure internet video connection.
Reading and study groups are available, by arrangement.
My private practice is located in Oberlin, Ohio, two blocks west of the Oberlin College Conservatory. (Oberlin is a small college town 30 miles west of Cleveland and 15 miles south of Lake Erie.)
To make an appointment, please leave a message on my confidential voice mail: 1 440 776 8991.
FEES AND INSURANCE
Payment is due at the beginning of each session.
I keep my fees at a moderate rate in relation to my experience and qualifications.
I do not belong to health insurance "panels," and so you will not find me listed as a "preferred provider" for your health insurance company. I do not work directly with insurance companies and do not submit claims for reimbursement.
Although insurance companies do not like to reveal this information, being a preferred provider requires the mental health professional to sign a contract agreeing to accept a reduced fee and to allow the insurance to determine the number of sessions required. Many contracts require the therapist to submit reports or notes that include the contents of the therapy and the course of treatment.
I recommend that you check with your insurance company to find out about reimbursement for "out of network" psychologists and psychoanalysts. (The reimbursement may be higher for psychoanalysts.)
If you would like to submit a claim to insurance, I can provide you with a monthly statement that includes a treatment code (for type of treatment) and diagnosis (which I will discuss with you). This information should allow you to submit your own claim for reimbursement from your insurance company, as long as you have coverage for "out-of-network providers."
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has excellent information about insurance coverage, including the federal requirement that mental health treatment receive the same coverage as other medical treatments ("parity"). It has additional information about how to advocate for coverage should your insurance claim be denied.
Oberlin College students have traditionally had excellent mental health coverage on their student health insurance policy. The carrier and policy may change from year-to-year, so it is important to check each fall. Please note that you will need to pay me at the time of the appointment and that it is up to you to collect your reimbursement.