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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do CPC services cost?

The standard fee for services through Christian Perspective Counseling is $130 per therapy hour. We also have lower cost options available ($85/hour and $20/session). Click Here for more information about our low cost options.. Some insurances are accepted, but coverage varies widely between policies and depending on the service received. For questions about your policy coverage, feel free to contact us and we can look into your benefits for you. The client is ultimately responsible for the entire bill. We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards. Other services such as evaluations, behavior plan development, referrals, and court appearances may be available. Please ask your therapist about their fees for such services. You can review our entire Fee Payment Policy here.

How long do sessions usually last?

For your initial evaluation, we ask that you come prepared by reading/completing the relevant documents and bringing your questions. Ninety minutes will be allowed for the initial evaluation but subsequent therapy sessions generally last 50 minutes. In the event that our work is expected to take longer than 50 minutes, the appropriate time frame will need to be scheduled in advance and will be billed in 15-minute increments.

How often will therapy sessions occur?

There are many factors that can affect how frequently sessions occur, including the level of distress you are experiencing, the amount of direct assistance from your therapist necessary for treatment to be effective, how quickly you want to move towards your goals, and cost. It is recommended that sessions occur weekly in the beginning. As the circumstances ease, sessions may only need to occur every two weeks and, eventually, once per month until they are no longer needed at all. On the other hand, some choose to meet multiple times per week or maintain weekly sessions throughout the entirety of their treatment. Be sure to talk to your therapist regularly about your needs and goals so there can be ongoing agreement as to the frequency needed for optimal results.

Do you accept insurance?

While we do accept direct reimbursement from some insurance providers and this often assists in making services financially sustainable, there are some issues with utilizing insurance benefits that are worth mentioning. Most insurances require evidence that a service is “medically necessary” before they will reimburse for it, and this evidence most often comes in the form of a diagnosis. This diagnosis, given to you by your therapist after your initial evaluation, is added to your health record. Also, while only the minimal amount necessary is shared, your protected health information must be shared with your insurance provider. You may simply need help through a difficult time in your life or a strained relationship. Such treatment usually does not warrant a diagnosis and may not be covered by your insurance (marital therapy is usually not). If you do want to use your insurance benefits, our office staff and/or your therapist will help you answer the relevant questions, such as:

 

  • Do I have mental health benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?

  • If needed, what is my coverage for out-of-network providers?

  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?

  • Do I have an HMO and, if so, do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

What happens if I miss an appointment?

Emergencies happen.  If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify us immediately at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time.  If an appointment is cancelled or missed without 24 hours prior notice, you will be charged $40 for each occurrence. We also reserve the right to charge the full session amount or deny services for repeatedly missing appointments.