Fees & Related Matters

INSURANCES
I’m a preferred provider with the following insurance companies:

  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • Kaiser
  • PacificSource
  • Premera
  • Regence

If your services are covered by one of these companies, you’ll be expected to pay your co-pay or co-insurance — as determined by your personal policy — at the time of services.

SELF-PAY RATE
If you aren’t covered by one of the above insurance companies, I offer individual sessions and family meetings at the rate of $140 per 50-minute session. You’ll be expected to pay the session fee at the time of services.

CANCELLATIONS & NO SHOWS
I require at least 48 hours notice for any cancelled appointment. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice or don’t attend a scheduled session you’ll be charged the full fee of $140. Insurance companies won’t pay any portion of this. In the case of a legitimate emergency or illness, this fee will be waived.

Fees for late cancellations or no shows must be paid prior to the next appointment. You can take care of this by calling Mindful Therapy Group at (425) 640-7009 or logging into your online Patient Portal. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

I understand teens sometimes refuse to attend sessions. However, fees won’t be waived for this reason. I recommend parents attend the session anyway and we can use the time to explore strategies for increasing your teen’s willingness to engage.

If you frequently cancel or reschedule, even with 48 hours notice, I’ll most likely discontinue our recurring appointment, so I can offer the time to someone able to attend more regularly. Should this happen, I’ll offer you the opportunity to schedule appointments on a session-to-session basis — assuming that would be an appropriate level of care.

LATE ARRIVALS
If you’re 15 minutes or more late, I’ll consider it a no show. The session won’t be held and you’ll be charged the full fee of $140. Insurance companies won’t pay any portion of this.

If you’re less than 15 minutes late we’ll hold the session, but will end at the scheduled time.

DOCUMENTATION REQUESTS
I provide the following documentation without a fee:

  • A letter documenting attendance at the intake, including my initial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, if requested within seven days of your first appointment.
  • Monthly letters documenting attendance at sessions, if requested by the seventh day of the following month.
  • A brief discharge summary, if requested within seven days following our final session.

Other documentation or records requests are billed at the rate of $100 per hour, prorated in 15-minute increments. In general, insurance companies don’t cover this cost.

It generally takes seven to ten days for me to provide any requested documents.

CASE MANAGEMENT & CONSULTATIONS
Case management services include phone calls with you regarding anything except scheduling. It also includes time I spend communicating with other helping professionals regarding your care, assisting you to complete forms, or similar support.

I provide up to 15 minutes of case management and consultation per month without charge. After that, these services are billed at the rate of $100 per hour, prorated in 15-minute increments. In general, insurance companies don’t cover this cost.

COURT PROCEEDINGS
It is my intention to avoid any involvement in the court proceedings of clients or their families. This includes divorces, custody disputes, competency hearings, and all other legal matters.

I maintain this stance because I strongly believe it is impossible to be an effective therapist while also providing documentation for legal purposes, serving as a witness, or being involved in any other way with court proceedings.

Additionally, I don’t provide assessments, evaluations, or documentation for court proceedings or in fulfillment of any legal requirement. This is true for current clients and their families, as well as individuals specifically seeking such services.

I don’t make exceptions to any part of this policy.

SUBPOENAS
I’m not able to refuse a subpoena, but I can charge for my time. Should I be subpoenaed to appear in court on your behalf, the following fees will apply:

  • $250 per hour for time spent testifying, waiting in court, preparing and traveling.
  • Reimbursement of any fees related to me consulting with my own lawyer.
  • Reimbursement of all travel costs and other expenses related to testifying or preparing to testify.
  • Documentation and case management fees as stated elsewhere on this website.

Since I can’t be an effective therapist while also involved in a client or family’s legal matters, if I’m subpoenaed in any matter involving a current client, I will immediately discontinue counseling services.