Initial scheduled phone session lasts about 75 minutes, involves a lengthy email outlining individualized homework, includes and costs $225/$230. (The $5 discount for the lower fees are for clients who pay cash, check, or Venmo at the time of service, or within one hour afterwards.) The fee includes your phone calls, texts, and emails that can be made to me without charge between sessions, up to 15 minutes a week.
SCHEDULED phone calls are billed at $150/$155 per hour during weekdays, using Facetime, Skype, Zoom sessions, or other videoconferences. (The $5 discount for the lower fees are for clients who pay cash, check, or Venmo at the time of service, or within one hour afterwards.)
Other phone calls. Clients and their spouses are given 15 minutes a week at no charge for spontaneous and unscheduled emails, texting, and phone calls with me. Scheduled open-ended calls cost $25 per full ten minutes used.
My fees for live sessions are $175/$180 per session. (The $5 discount for the lower fees are for clients who pay cash, check, or Venmo at the time of service, or within one hour afterwards.) I request payment at the end of each visit, by cash, check, credit card, or Venmo. Sessions are about 55 minutes long, and are not interrupted by phone calls. The fee includes your phone calls, texts, and emails that can be made to me without charge between sessions, up to 15 minutes a week.
The initial session costs $265/270, but it will run about 75 minutes. (The $5 discount for the lower fees are for clients who pay cash, check, or Venmo at the time of service, or within one hour afterwards.) Unlike with most counselors, the first session will attempt to solve your problems, and will include new insights, guidance and encouragement. If you wish, this will be given on an audio file, sent on the spot from my phone to yours, or to your email.
A charge of $80 is made for each late cancellation. To avoid this charge, please call before the day of your appointment, anytime before midnight. I will want you to let me know how you are doing, and to express your wishes for rescheduling your appointment. If you are late, I will call or text you at 5 or 10 minutes past your appointment time to see if you are running late or forgot. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for an appointment, please call ahead to make sure I haven’t stepped out of the office for the rest of the hour.
My services cost more per hour than most counselors charge. The value is that you get more out of each session, and fewer sessions are required. Because of all the homeworksome problems require, I give readings from my bank of 250 articles I’ve written for clients, and I teach how and why to create involvement in a community of recovery. Because of such homework and community involvement, up to 80% of the progress and benefits should occur outside my office.
Change happens quickly when you get understood, cared for, and inspired at a deep level right from the first session. The feedback, guidance and homework I give is much more practical and moving than what the typical counselor gives. For details on what you get from seeing me, especially how it compares with what you’ll get with the counselor supplied by your managed care network, see the thoughts below on Managed Care. See also the section below on Paying for Counseling, and the last few paragraphs of the page for Filing Insurance.
You can pay by check, cash, Venmo, Health Savings Account (HSA credit card), or other credit cards. I ask for a $5 upcharge on credit card payments to offset my cost in processing them (3.65%). This is very much appreciated.
You can pay for sessions and testing by credit card here, using Square Register. If a survey window pops up when you open the link below to the Square Register portal:
They will begin and end promptly as scheduled. I take time between sessions to relax, get centered, go over notes of previous sessions, take phone calls, and thus do my best for you during the session.
Your health insurance policy may pay a substantial portion of your fees. It is your responsibility to find out whether you have insurance coverage for your sessions. For step-by-step, word-for-word instructions on inquiring about and requesting coverage by your insurance carrier, click here!
Thinking you can’t afford this? If you want to do more work with me than what you think you can afford, approach it this way. Imagine that for the sake of your career or your children, you need to take a college course or two. To get into JCC and take a course, it would cost you about $1000, or $2000 at U of L, UK or IU. Where would you get the money? Would you cash in some form of savings? Would you sell some possession, or do without some less important ongoing expense in order to pay for it? Would you ask an educationally-minded relative to help, perhaps in exchange for some service you could provide? Would you liquidate a past inheritance, or ask for an advance on a future one? If you’ve given a lot to your church, might you ask your pastor to somehow get you some help here, from a local mission fund, or an anonymous giver who would go through the church? I am offering you two courses here that you do indeed need for your career, children, marriage, your health and your faith. “Life 101” will explain why people around you are the way they are, so you can accept and get along with them better. “Your Life 201” will put you at peace with yourself, by explaining your strengths, weaknesses, choices and opportunities as you have never known them. These will be well worth what you pay for them here. (In fact, if you pay for $1000 worth of counseling here and you don’t see it’s worth that much, I’ll refund you the difference in free sessions or cash.) You’re already thinking outside the boxes about how to solve your problems or you wouldn’t be here. Now you can think creatively about how to pay for it.