Effective January 1, 2020
A cancelled appointment hurts three people: you, your therapist, and another client who could have potentially used your time slot. Therapy sessions are scheduled in advance and are a time reserved exclusively for our clients.
When a session is cancelled without adequate notice, we are unable to fill this time slot by offering it to another current client, a client on the wait list, or a client with a clinical emergency. In addition, we are unable to bill your insurance company for sessions that are not kept.
Without a cancellation fee policy in place, your therapist will lose money or the opportunity to schedule another client if you late cancel or do not show up.
Our cancellation policy is this: Clients can cancel or reschedule an appointment anytime, if they provide 24 hours’ notice. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice, or fail to show up, you will be charged a $100 fee for the appointment.
Some practices have a 48-hour policy. Some even have a 72-hour policy. Ours is 24 hours, and we are firm at 24 hours.
Our cancellation policy in not a penalty or a punishment. Most clients understand this. Very rarely, there will be a client who will feel that he or she is being punished when they are charged a late cancellation fee. We want to make sure that you don’t feel this way, if someday you miss an appointment.
It is likely, if you are in counseling long enough, at some point you might forget about an appointment, or something will come up in your schedule that will result in you missing an appointment. Maybe you’ll need to work late. Maybe you’ll get a sudden onset of the flu. Maybe your kids will have doctor appointments, or your car will break down, or something unavoidable will come up.
We are not upset with clients when they miss an appointment. We know that’s life. In return, our clients understand that scheduling an appointment with one of us is like buying tickets to an event. If you miss the event, it doesn’t matter why you missed it, or even if it was your first time, you can’t turn in your tickets for a refund.
A fee of $100 will be charged when you miss or cancel an appointment without giving 24 hours advanced notice. This means that if an appointment is scheduled for 3:00 pm on a Tuesday, notice must be given by 3:00 pm on Monday at the absolute latest. *For Saturday or Sunday appointments, 48-hour notice is required.
You can cancel your appointment by calling, texting, or emailing your specific therapist. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment time, it will be treated like a late cancellation. It’s important to remember that insurance will not pay for missed appointments, so you will be responsible for the full $100 fee, not just a co-pay.
The only time we will waive this fee is in the event of serious or contagious illness or extreme weather or other unavoidable circumstance. If you are unsure, please contact your therapist for further guidance.
Please understand that therapy should be viewed as any other important medical appointment would be viewed. This cancellation policy is important for our counseling practice because while a medical doctor can see 35 patients in a day, a therapist generally sees a maximum of 6 to 8 clients a day.
We reserve for you a full hour of our time for the session and clinical notes. If a client cancels with less than a full 24-hour notice it is unlikely that we will be able to fill that time slot, and we lose an entire hour from our work schedule.
While it is a time commitment, this is for your personal growth and consistency is key in order to achieve this. If you miss three scheduled appointments within a six-month time period without cancelling or rescheduling in accordance with cancellation policy of 24 hours’ advance notice, the therapeutic relationship will be terminated and appropriate referrals to other practices will be offered.
Clients who are unsure if they can commit to therapy appointments scheduled for them should seek services elsewhere.
You may return to therapy at any time should you so choose; however, you may be placed on a waiting list if your therapist doesn’t have openings on their schedule at the time. This is standard practice with most therapy agencies and private practice offices.
Because your therapist believes that the responsibility for your care is on both the client and the therapist, we agree that if you are double-booked for an appointment or if we miss an appointment without notice you will receive a FREE therapy session.
We are offering both in-office and telehealth counseling appointments. Although we have found that most insurance are considering telehealth a covered benefit at this point, we ask that you please call your insurance company to determine if you have telehealth benefits.
For in-office counseling sessions, we have a COVID-19 protocol that we are following and you will be emailed a copy of the consent form, as part of the intake paperwork when you become an Empowered Life Counseling client. For specific questions, please feel free to consult your therapist within the practice.