Click HERE for the informed consent. Please review. I will answer any questions that you might have before you sign and will have a copy for you to sign here. You do not need to print it out.
Click HERE for the intake. If you can do the intake before our first session, either electronically or paper form, it would save time in the initial session. You can also fill it out here as well, just let me know if you need me to leave you a copy in the waiting room.
LOCATIONS AND DIRECTIONS
My home office is 160 Loomis Rd. Chatham NY 12037. I am at the top of the hill and there is a black mailbox and a rock marked 160. Enter the property and please go straight (No turning left or right) and park in the front of the house on the grass. Looking straight at the house it looks like there are 3 of them, follow the stone path to the right and there is a red door where the waiting room is.
HELPFUL SKILLS TO REVIEW BEFORE FIRST SESSION
Information about my specialties and intensives
Using Insurance vs. Self-Pay
Paying for psychotherapy out of pocket minimizes the exposure of your protected health information (PHI). Whenever you use insurance benefits to cover psychotherapy, the provider, albeit with your consent, has to release certain types of information to the insurance carrier in order to a) verify your eligibility for coverage, b) pre-authorize services (if applicable), and c) to process claims to obtain payment. As the result, the provider informs the insurance carrier of such personal matters as the nature of the issues you struggle with (presenting problem), psychiatric diagnosis, your treatment plan, and prognosis. In the event of Self-pay, your therapy remains completely private (with the exceptions to confidentiality such as in the event of persistent suicidal ideation, etc.). Once such diagnosis code is recorded by the insurance, it becomes part of your permanent healthcare record. No reports of your treatment are shared with your insurance and all records remain with Mutual Arising Mental Health Counseling, PLLC.
*If you are on psychiatric medications then you already have a psychological diagnosis but you should be aware of this information when using insurance.*
Furthermore, the advantage of Self-Pay includes the fact that no records of therapy exist in the Medical Information Bureau (MIB). MIB records of your therapy could potentially compromise your ability to get a current or future life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance. Self-Pay, thus, involves no psychiatric diagnosis code. If, however, you were using your insurance benefits, you would have to be assigned a psychiatric diagnosis in order for the provider to justify the medical necessity for the services provided.
Since there are certain types of therapy that may not be covered by your insurance such as couples therapy or group therapy, and certain modalities of therapy that might not be covered by your insurance, Self-Pay allows you to stay in control of your treatment. Insurances limit the number of sessions that you can have. Self-pay allows you to also determine the length of your treatment based on your needs rather than on the basis of the allotted session benefits.