ABOUT MY PRACTICE
My private practice is located in Oberlin, Ohio, two blocks west of the Oberlin College Conservatory.
To make an appointment, please leave a message on my confidential voice mail: +1 440 776 8991.
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.
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 have chosen not to take part in insurance "panels," and so you will not find me listed as a "preferred provider" for your health insurance company.
I am an "out-of-network" provider. I do not work directly with insurance companies. It will be up to you to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Insurance companies have no ethical responsibility to protect the interest of the insured. Although they do not like to reveal this information, being a "preferred provider" or being on the company's insurance "panel" requires the mental health professional to sign a contract agreeing to accept a reduced fee. Many contracts permit the insurance company to determine the number of sessions allowed, below the maximum on the actual contract that the insurance company has made with the person being insured. Some contracts require the therapist to submit reports or notes that include the contents of the therapy and the course of treatment.
I strongly believe that the patient-therapist relationship must be confidential and that the decisions about the course of therapy should be up to you.
In order to protect your confidentiality, never asign a "Release of Confidentiality" from your insurance company, even though it says the form is "HIPAA-compliant." According to HIPAA, you cannot be required to sign such a form in order to receive benefits! The form you have received is HIPAA-Compliant because HIPAA allows the insurance company to request that you sign away your privacy rights. If you have any concerns, before signing any forms ever that sign away your rights to privacy, please seek legal advice.
Therapists who do not agree to be on a company's insurance panel are referred to as "out of network" providers. 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).
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.