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Fees for Service

Counseling sessions are $120.00 for 1 hour (50 minutes)

Coaching services are $180.00 for 1 hour (50 minute)

Payment

Payment is due in full at the time of service. You can pay by cash or personal check. If you choose to play using debit or credit a $5.00 fee will be added.

Cancellations

24 hour advanced notice is required for cancellations. The scheduling of an appointment reserves time specifically for you. If a scheduled appointment is canceled with less than 24 hours notice prior to the appointment time the full session fee will be due at the beginning of the following appointment.


Know the risks when using insurance for mental health treatment:

Many psychotherapy clients of A New Perspective Counseling and Coaching Services choose to pay privately for therapy sessions rather than access health insurance benefits when seeking reimbursement. Insurance companies require a mental health diagnostic code in order to process claims. Therapists are expected to give a hasty diagnosis on the first visit even if seeking couple’s counseling. Many plans will only approve treatment they deem "medically necessary," resulting in pressure to give a diagnosis reflecting the necessity, as well as the mental health records justifying such a diagnosis. Once a bill is submitted, this code remains part of one’s personal health information forever, regardless of its validity, or accuracy, and if you switch insurance companies at a later date, it MAY impact future rates and coverage, select career fields, including: transportation, law enforcement, and military service, and life insurance.

The other concern is over confidentiality. Even with the pre-existing condition elements of the Affordable Care Act, using insurance to pay for any physical or mental health services still means the payer has access to your protected health information. While the old-fashioned stigma of visiting a mental health professional has greatly disappeared, most people are still reluctant to have others have access to their therapy files. Therapy is, typically, a private, personal process and confidentiality is a concern of all professionals. However, to maintain tighter control on mental health expenditures, third-party payers may insist on having full access to client records.

Your medical records no longer private:

If the right to privacy is important, it is important to understand that changes are currently being implemented within government and health care systems. According to the “Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020” individual health records will be shared with 38 government agencies, with personal consequences for the average citizen yet unknown. https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/federal-healthIT-strategic-plan-2014.pdf

April Waggoner
  • April Waggoner, PhD, LMFT, LMHC, LPC
  • Marriage and Family Therapy, George Fox University
  • PhD in Counseling, Oregon State University
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  • 601 Main Street, Suite 300
  • Vancouver, WA 98660
  • 360-567-0479
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  • info@anewperspectivecc.com
"Investing in couple's counseling was one of the best decisions my husband and I ever made, it's like we have a new relationship. We are closer now than we have been in years and we can actually talk about things and not end up fighting. I did not think that it was possible for us to ever feel like we were more than roommates." - M.H.