Initial Assessment, 50 minutes: $150
Counseling sessions are 50 minutes or 90 minutes
PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment: $125
Payment is collected at the first of the session. Payment is to be made by credit card, check, or cash at time of service.
Empowered Life Counseling accepts assignment of benefits as an in-network provider for BlueCross BlueShield and HealthChoice. You are responsible for your deductible and co-pay or co-insurance which is due at the time of your appointment. However, few policies cover 100% of the cost and collection of insurance claims is ultimately the insured client’s responsibility, regardless of your in-network or out-of- network benefits. Please understand that you are fully responsible for the payment of all fees for services provided regardless of the extent of any insurance coverage you may have. For out-of-network services, it is not my policy to accept the amount an insurance company may offer as payment, if the amount is less than the regular fee. Empowered Life Counseling will be notified of any personal address change or changes in insurance coverage.
Clients without insurance or with high deductibles are responsible for the cost of their care. Payment is expected at the time the service is rendered.
Methods of Payment
Empowered Life Counseling, PLLC accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards.
MISSED APPOINTMENT POLICY
**Twenty-four-hour notice is required for the cancellation of an appointment.** Appointments canceled with less than 24-hour notice will be charged your full fee. Appointments missed because of inclement weather or other major problem will not be charged. Your charge will be applied to your credit card on file.
When you make an appointment, a specific time is reserved for you. If you are late to your appointment, you will only be seen for the remaining portion of your reserved time. If your appointment starts late because of therapist, you will be seen for your full visit.
Everything you say is these sessions and the written notes we take are confidential and may not be released to anyone without your written permission except where disclosure is required by law.
Disclosure is required or may be required by law when there is a reasonable suspicion of child, dependent, or elder abuse or neglect; where a client presents a danger to self, to others, to property, or is gravely disabled; or when a client's family members communicate to me that you present a danger to others. Disclosure may also be required by the courts.
If there is an emergency during therapy or after therapy, and we become concerned about your personal safety, the possibility of you injuring someone else, or about you receiving proper psychiatric care, we will do whatever we can within the limits of the law, to prevent you from injuring yourself or others and to ensure that you receive the proper medical care. For this purpose, we may also contact the person whose name you have provided on the biographical sheet.
If you need to contact us between sessions, please call (918) 991-5538. If we do not answer, we will return your call as soon as possible. If an emergency situation arises, indicate it clearly in your message. If you need to talk to someone right away, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Therapy can affect you in many ways. You may resolve the problem you came in for, but it takes effort on your part. We want you to be open and honest. We may also talk about unpleasant events which may cause you discomfort and we may challenge some of your ways of thinking. You must also know that while we expect change, there is no promise that this therapy will yield a positive result. Change will sometimes be easy and swift, but more often it will be slow and even frustrating. We are likely to draw on various psychological approaches. These approaches may include EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Cognitive/Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy) or Play Therapy. WE DO NOT PRESCRIBE DRUGS.
I have read the Late Cancellation/Missed Session policy. I understand the policy and I agree to comply.
Treatment is intended to continue until your goals are met. If you feel you are not making progress during treatment, it is important to discuss your concern with your therapist. It is possible you may need to be referred to another provider who could better meet your needs. Your therapist will discuss the end of therapy with you when you appear to be close to meeting your goals. You have the right to end therapy at any time but you should discuss this decision with your therapist, so referrals can be made, if appropriate.
“Dual relationship” refers to any relationship between you and your therapist that is not a client-therapist relationship. Not all dual or multiple relationships are unethical or avoidable. Therapy should not involve any relationship that impairs the therapist’s objectivity, clinical judgment or can be exploitative in nature. It is important to realize that in some areas multiple relationships are unavoidable. we will not publicly acknowledge working with you without your written permission. We will not accept you if we feel a significant dual or multiple relationships exist. It is your responsibility to advise us if any dual or multiple relationships becomes uncomfortable for you in any way. We will always listen carefully and respond to your feedback and will discontinue the dual relationship if you find that it may interfere with the effectiveness of the therapy or your welfare and, of course, you can do the same at any time.
In order to maintain clarity regarding our use of electronic modes of communication during your treatment, we have prepared the following policy. This is because the use of various types of electronic communications is common in our society, and many individuals believe this is the preferred method of communication with others, whether their relationships are social or professional. Many of these common modes of communication, however, put your privacy at risk and can be inconsistent with the law and with the standards of our profession. Consequently, this policy has been prepared to assure the security and confidentiality of your treatment and to assure that it is consistent with ethics and the law.
If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to discuss this with your therapist.
We use email communication and text messaging only with your permission and only for administrative purposes unless we have made another agreement. That means that email exchanges and text messages with our office should be limited to things like setting and changing appointments, billing matters and other related issues. Please do not email me about clinical matters unless you opt for encrypted email communication. If you need to discuss a clinical matter with me, please feel free to call me so we can discuss it on the phone or wait so we can discuss it during your therapy session
We do not communicate with, or contact, any of our clients through social media platforms from our personal accounts. We participate on various social networks, in both personal and professional capacities. If you have an online presence, there is a possibility that you may encounter our personal accounts by accident. If that occurs, please discuss it with us during our time together. We believe that personal communications with clients online have a high potential to compromise the professional relationship. However, if you would like to follow our Empowered Life Counseling Facebook or Instagram accounts, feel free. We post inspirational and helpful items to these accounts that may be motivational or helpful to you.
We have a website that you are free to access. We use it for professional reasons to provide information to others about us and our practice. You are welcome to access and review the information that we have on our website and, if you have questions about it, we should discuss this during your therapy sessions.
We will not use web searches to gather information about you without your permission. We believe that this violates your privacy rights; however, we understand that you might choose to gather information about me in this way. Currently, there is an incredible amount of information available about individuals on the internet, much of which may actually be known to that person and some of which may be inaccurate or unknown. If you encounter any information about me through web searches, or in any other fashion for that matter, please discuss this with me during our time together so that we can deal with it and its potential impact on your treatment.
We want you to know how your Patient Health Information (PHI) is going to be used in this office and your rights concerning those records. Before we will begin any health care operations we must require you to read and sign this consent form stating that you understand and agree with how your records will be used. If you would like to have a more detailed account of our policies and procedures concerning the privacy of your Patient Health Information we encourage you to read the HIPAA NOTICE that is available to you at the front desk before signing this consent.
Fees Counseling sessions are 55 or 90 minutes long.
Initial Assessment: $150
Ongoing Therapy: $150 for 55 minute session, $225 for 90 minute session
Payment is collected at the first of the session. Payment is to be made by credit card, check, or cash at time of service.Insurance Patients
Insurance Patients. Empowered Life Counseling accepts assignment of benefits as an in-network provider for BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, United Healthcare/Optum/UMR, QuikTrip Insurance/Care ATC, PHCS/Multiplan,HealthCare Solutions Group and HealthChoice. You are responsible for your deductible and co-pay or co-insurance which is due at the time of your appointment. However, few policies cover 100% of the cost and collection of insurance claims is ultimately the insured client’s responsibility, regardless of your in-network or out-of-network. Please understand that you are fully responsible for the payment of all fees for services provided regardless of the extent of any insurance coverage you may have. For out-of-network services, it is not our policy to accept the amount an insurance company may offer as payment if the amount is less than the regular fee. Empowered Life Counseling will be notified of any personal address change or changes in insurance coverage.Self-Pay Patients
Clients without insurance or with high deductibles are responsible for the cost of their care. Payment is expected at the time the service is rendered.Methods of Payment
Empowered Life Counseling, PLLC accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards.
Twenty-four-hour notice is required for the cancellation of an appointment. 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. This charge is NOT covered by insurance. Your charge will be applied to your credit card on file. Appointments missed because of serious or contagious illness or extreme weather or other unavoidable circumstance will not be subject to this fee.
For the safety and well-being of our clients, our therapists, and our community we are temporarily closing the physical office and offering counseling sessions through TELEHEALTH ONLY, starting Thursday 03/19/2020 and continuing UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This is not likely to change the dates or times of your appointments. Your therapist will be in touch with you, via text or phone call to confirm whether you want phone or video sessions, or if you'd like to reschedule after we remove the telehealth restriction.
In a previous email, I told you that you could use your computer for your session. This is incorrect. We use a HIPAA compliant software that requires the end-user to use the app, so you have to use the HIPAA-compliant app called SpruceHealth to video conference with your therapist. I’m including the instructions as an attachment again on this email. And your therapist will be able to help you with any questions you may have.
If you are a private pay client your rate for a telehealth session is the same as if you came to the office.
You ARE covered for telehealth if you have:
If you have PHCS/Multiplan, you will need to call your insurance to determine if they will pay for a behavioral health telehealth appointment. Get the name of the representative with whom you speak the rep’s name and a reference number for the call, should there be issues with claims.
If your health insurance company does NOT provide coverage for behavioral health telehealth counseling, you may advocate for this by calling Governor Kevin Stitt’s office at 405-521-2342 or send an email at https://www.governor.ok.gov/contact.
This is a measure than none of us at Empowered Life Counseling wanted to take, but we are sure that you all understand that this health crisis is only going to get better sooner than later if we all minimize our contact with others.
For encouragement during this time, we invite you to read our latest post concerning taking care of your mental health during a pandemic. You can find it by clicking the button below.