Fees & Insurance

Fees & Insurance


  • $135 for each 45-minute session
  • $90 for each 30-minute session


Payment is expected in full at each session and will be charged to the credit/debit card on file.

Cancellation Policy

I have a 24-hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling policy. If I do not receive 24-hour notice, you will be charged the full fee for the session.

How to Use Your Insurance Benefits

Each individual benefit plan varies. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance. Here’s how to navigate your insurance coverage:

Locate your insurance card

Do you have an HMO or a PPO plan?

One of these acronyms should be listed on your insurance card. However, if you can’t find it, call the 1-800 number on your card and ask whether you have an HMO or PPO policy.

If you have an HMO policy…

You will need to choose a therapist that is “in network” in order to use your insurance coverage.

I am considered an “out of network” provider, which means that you will not be able to use your HMO insurance to pay for my services. You may decide to pay out-of-pocket. I accept credit/debit card payments.

If you have a PPO policy…

You can choose to work with any counselor you like—including me. Although payment is still required at the time of service, I will provide you with a form and an app so you can file for reimbursement in under 2 minutes. The amount reimbursed is based upon your specific insurance plan.

How do I find out if and how much I will be reimbursed?

Call the 1-800 number on your insurance card and ask the following questions.

  • Does my child have mental health benefits?
  • What is our deductible and has it been met?
  • How much does our plan cover for an out-of-network mental health provider?
  • Are online therapy services covered? (Many insurance companies have agreed to cover online therapy due to COVID-19 but make sure to verify)
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my child’s primary care physician?

It’s normal to feel a bit frustrated or overwhelmed when navigating your insurance benefits. Deciding to get your child the help they need can take some energy and sometimes feel like another hurdle between your child and their goals.

But in fact, it’s the first step in helping them feel better. So hang in there and don’t give up…you’re almost there!

Additional questions? Feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ready to get reimbursed from your insurance company for your counseling session?

Just download the FREE Reimbursify app to your smart phone and then complete the reimbursement process in 3 easy steps using the “superbill” provided to you. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out at 224-236-2296 or Helena@BrieflyCounseling.com.

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