Stacie Sears, MSW, LCSW

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?

Individual: Without insurance the first session is $150, and subsequent sessions are $125.

Couples: The first session is $175, and subsequent sessions are $125. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover couples counseling. The initial fee includes the Gottman Relationship Checkup.

The Gottman Relationship Checkup is an online assessment created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Partners are asked about intimacy, conflict, trust, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more. This relationship assessment is an evidence-based tool, providing detailed feedback and recommendations about your relationship's strengths and challenges.

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Are there insurance differences between couples counseling and mental health therapy?

Yes, unfortunately couples counseling is not covered by most insurance companies. Insurance is generally built around insuring individuals, rather than couples or their relationships.

Individual mental health therapy is meant for individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, sleep-wake disorders, grief and loss, and other mental health concerns and challenges.

What insurance companies are you in-network with?

EMI - Educator's Mutual

PEHP

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Health Savings (HSA) or Flexible Spending (FSA) Accounts can be used for individual therapy payment.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

In cases of financial hardship, I am willing to consider payment based on a sliding scale. Please contact me for further information.

How do I know what services my insurance will cover?

Please contact your insurance company to understand your benefits. It is a good idea to ask if an approval is needed, inquire about your deductible, copay, request information about out-of-network benefits, and so on. Your insurance company can explain what mental health services are covered, what services are not covered, and how many sessions they will cover within what timeframe. Insurance can be confusing. Please contact your insurance company to better understand your policy’s mental health benefits, as well as your policy's limitations.

How do I use out-of-network benefits? And what is a Superbill?

For some clients, out-of-network benefits can cover some of the cost of therapy. Not all policies offer out-of-network coverage. Contact your insurer to find out about your policy’s out-of-network coverage. If you have out-of-network coverage, you pay me directly when you attend sessions; I then provide you with a Superbill, which you can submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement.

What happens if I need to cancel my appointment?

Cancellations require 24+ hour notice to avoid the full cost of a session. Late cancellation fees cannot be billed to insurance.