Joni Prince, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Services Agreement
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my approach, feel free to discuss them with me as they arise.
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Psychotherapy sessions last 45 minutes, unless otherwise arranged. Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. It is important to note that insurance companies do not provide reimbursement for cancelled sessions, so the full $190.00 fee will be your responsibility.
The following information pertains to my financial policy. I hope this will answer any questions you may have, but if you do have any questions or special concerns please do not hesitate to discuss them with me at the first session.
My fee is $190.00 per therapy hour and $200.00 for couples or family sessions, payable at the end of each session. Please expect that my fee will increase from $5.00 to $10.00 per year each January. The fee for the initial diagnostic session is $215.00. Charges for consultations outside the usual therapy hour (i.e., school observations, hospital visits, depositions, etc.) will be determined on an individual basis.
For Telehealth, there is a special telehealth consent form required by my ethics code. Please read it carefully. Most importantly, make sure that you find a calm and private environment for your remote therapy session so you feel comfortable.
Payment is expected at the end of each session. Cash, Checks, Visa, MasterCard, and HSA cards are accepted for your convenience. An insurance receipt is available for your convenience in submitting your insurance claims. Collection of insurance benefits or any other arrangement regarding third party payment is your responsibility.
Since your appointment time is reserved for you, please notify me as soon as possible if you find that you must cancel an appointment. Appointments not canceled with at least 24 hours notice will be billed at the usual fee of $190 or $200.00. Missed appointments cannot be billed to the insurance company. You may leave a message on my voicemail after hours and on weekends if you need to cancel an appointment.
Due to my work schedule, I am often not immediately available by telephone. When I am unavailable, my telephone is answered by my direct voicemail. I will make every effort to return your call within 24 hours, with the exception of weekends and holidays. If you feel you can’t wait for a return call from me either contact your family physician, dial 911, or contact the nearest emergency room and ask for the psychologist on call.