2017 Professional Fees

The fees for services are listed below. Payment must be paid to Dr. Carlson at each session unless alternative arrangements are made. Payment can be made by cash or check (made payable to Dr. Torie Carlson). If a check does not clear at the bank, you may be asked to pay for future services in cash. There is a $15.00 fee charged for each returned check in addition to the amount of the check.  If there is an unpaid balance on your account, you will receive a bill at the end of each month that will indicate the amount required to pay. Payment is due at the time your bill is received.  If you find the cost prohibitive, please feel free to discuss this to determine what options are available.

The following fees are typically covered by insurance policies:

Intake Assessment (1st appointment only): ……….$225.00

Individual Psychotherapy………………..……..……$200.00 per 45-50 min. session

………………………………………………………..$125.00 per 30 min. session
(or each additional 30 min.session)

Couple Therapy………………………………………$200.00 per 45-50 min. session

…………………………………………………………$325.00 per 90 min. session

The following fees are NOT typically covered by insurance:

Telephone Consultations …………..$180.00 per 45-50 min. session
..…………$  100.00 per 30 min. session
Cancelled appointments without 24 hr. notice

No Shows

…………..$  90.00

 

…………..$ Price of a full session

Court Appearances and Testimony …………..$250.00 per hour
Consultations with Professional in the Community …………..$115.00 per 45-50 min. session
Supervision of Psychologists in the Community ……………Negotiable

Insurance Reimbursement

In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. Dr. Carlson will provide you with whatever assistance he can in helping you receive benefits to which you are entitled; however, you, not your insurance company, are responsible for full payment of fees. It is very important that you find out about mental health services your insurance policy covers. If you have questions about the coverage, call your plan administrator. We will provide you with whatever information we can and will call the company on your behalf to clear up any confusion.

Due to the rising cost of health care, insurance benefits have increasingly become more complex. It is sometimes difficult to determine exactly how much mental health coverage is available.  Some plans require authorization before they provide reimbursement for mental health services. These plans are often limited to short-term treatment approaches designed to work out specific problems that interfere with a person’s usual level of functioning. It may be necessary to seek approval for more therapy after a certain number of sessions. While much can be accomplished in short-term therapy, some clients feel that they need more services after insurance benefits end.  Some plans will not allow your therapist to provide services to you once your benefits cease. If this is the case, we will do our best to find another provider who will help you continue your psychotherapy.

Once we have all of the information about your insurance coverage, we will discuss what we can expect to accomplish with the benefits that are available and what will happen if they run out before you feel ready to end your sessions. It is important to remember that you always have the right to pay for our services yourself to avoid the problems described above [unless prohibited by contract].

Fees involving Legal Services

Any fees relating to foreseen or unforeseen legal action that require Dr. Carlson to reproduce records or participate in depositions or court appearances will be the responsibility of the person responsible for the uninsured portion of a client’s bill. This is without regard to who files the subpoena or initiates the legal action. It is the signor’s responsibility to obtain reimbursement from any other party. Fifty percent (50%) of the estimated charges must be paid in advance.