Policies

PATH LIGHT COUNSELING POLICIES FOR CLINICAL THERAPY

OFFICE HOURS
Appointments are usually scheduled during the weekdays from early morning until 5:00. However,  exceptions can sometimes be made.

FEE
The fee for service is based on a standard amount of $100 per session. For those who truly cannot afford that amount an adjustment might be made according to what the client can afford and how much we are able to alter it at the time. Rather than using a sliding scale, we decide on any adjusted fees by discussing it before therapy begins. Sessions are usually 50 minutes long with some variance and whenever possible I try to set the first session up at 90 minutes (at no extra charge) to allow us more time to identify issues and better determine what to do next.

PAYMENT
Payment is due by the end of each session and can be made by check or cash. Payment can also be made by credit or debit card either from this site or I can send a PayPal invoice via email.

INSURANCE
As mentioned, the fee for service is due at the time of the session unless other arrangements have been made in advance. I generally do not bill insurance companies accept in cases where I’m a provider for that company or by special arrangement. Presently, I am a provider only for two employee assistance programs (EAP’), Deer Oaks EAP and Jorgensen and Brooks, as well as special request cases from the Veterans Administration.

MAKING AN APPOINTMENT
I personally schedule all my appointments either by phone, in person and in some cases by email. Typically, as a new client you would start out by calling me by phone at the Path Light number to express your interest in counseling. We talk briefly to about the terms of counseling, answer any questions you may have and discuss some of your concerns if you would like. If you decide to schedule a session we can set that up at that time. Usually sessions are 50 minutes long, which usually works out well. However for the first session I try to allow 90 minutes (at no extra charge) to make sure we have a good sense of what will be needed.

EMAIL:   PERSONAL INFORMATION AND  APPOINTMENTS
While email is a great means of communication, for the sake of preserving privacy I usually limit email communication with clients to non-clinical topics such as schedule changes, questions about fees and other operational concerns.  For this reason, I may not respond via email to emails with personal or clinical content.  Meanwhile, I’m mostly available by phone and do my best to return messages.

AFTER HOURS AND EMERGENCY NEEDS
While I do my best to keep up with phone, voice mail and email traffic and will respond as soon as possible, I do not promise to be always available after hours. If you have a true emergency that cannot wait until the next day call 911 or other sources of assistance.