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POLICIES

Leanne Peterson, LCSW

Individual Psychotherapy

Sessions work best when you commit to weekly or every-other week sessions as determined at introductory session.

 

Policies:

Sessions are charged, in full, at the session. You will get a statement of charges at that time and a "superbill" to submit to your insurance provider, if you choose. A statement is issued at the first of each month for the previous month’s payments for insurance or tax purposes. This has all the information your insurance company will need for reimbursement and will be delivered via your client portal. There is no direct billing with any insurance plan. The statement will include a diagnosis and insurance code.

 

I do not participate directly with any insurance companies, but as I am a licensed clinical social worker, you may find your sessions reimbursable. Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts are welcomed.

My goal is to offer the best counseling and psychotherapy I can. For this reason, I do not participate directly with insurance, managed care or accept any fees or bill services with Medicare, in order to keep confidentiality and autonomy with clients at a premium. My clients value the independent relationship that this process provides. It allows them to control their own treatment plan (instead of the insurance company).

But most insurance plans will still reimburse you for a portion of your counseling or therapy fees (for an out of plan provider). Please check with your insurance company to verify your out of network coverage.

Psychotherapy sessions are scheduled on an ongoing weekly or  bi-monthly (twice a month) basis and last 60 minutes or 90 minutes depending on the agreement. They are conducted in person at the office unless plans are made for a phone session. A credit card is stored on file and charged at the end of each session. It is the client's responsibility to update Leanne Peterson LLC should a new card need to be added. It is also the client's responsibility to schedule appointments in advance (either directly with me or online through the client portal) to ensure that you are able to get your sessions in. I will provide notice of when I will be off.

All regularly scheduled sessions are your financial responsibility. For appointments canceled the day of the appointment, you will be billed for the full session. The only exceptions are serious family emergencies and severe illness. If you are not feeling well or are stuck somewhere, I encourage you to convert your session to a phone session so that you still use the session you are paying for.

If, at any time, you feel that your needs are not being met or you are not getting what you want out of our sessions, please tell me in a session so I can discuss your needs and adjust your therapy treatment plan, or help you to end the therapy as quickly and well as possible, if that is your choice.

As a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I follow the ethical guidelines of the National Association of Social Workers. I protect the confidentiality of the communications with my clients. I will only release information about our sessions and treatment plan to others with your written permission, or if I am required to do so by a court order. There are some situations in which I am legally obligated to breach your confidentiality in order to protect others from harm, including (1) if I have information that indicates that a child or elderly or disabled person is being abused, I must report that to the appropriate state agency and (2) if a client is an imminent risk to him/herself or makes threats of imminent violence against another person, I am required to take protective actions. These situations rarely occur, but if such a situation does occur, I will make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.

A decision to begin psychotherapy with Leanne Peterson signals agreement with these fees and policies.