Your First Appointment/Insurance & Fees

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Beginning therapy is an act of self-care and bravery. If you have a healthy support system of friends and family, you may want to let a few select individuals know what you are up to. If that does not feel safe or ‘right’, know you are making an empowering choice for yourself, loved ones around you, the human community and the earth as a whole. You are creating a space for new awareness and compassion to develop-even if it doesn’t feel like it at first. The mountain, at the beginning, may seem impossible to climb-we will take each step, one at a time.

Forms:

Once you email (lindsayhuettman@soulstewardscounseling) or free 30 min consultation, you will receive an email, directions and disclosure forms to fill out. If you have questions about my location or times available, please contact me.

Fees and Insurance:

I charge $130 per 55 minute hour for individual clients, 150$ for family sessions-I do not see couples. At this time I take any insurance (usually Kaiser) with a First Choice endorsement, Premera/Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Otherwise I am an out of network provide and some insurance can reimburse a percentage of my fees. Please inquire with your insurance provider about this option. I also have a limited number of sliding scale appointments which are not currently available.  Please feel free to inquire about financial assistance in your primary consultation if this support is needed.

Good Faith Estimate: (Private Pay Clients Only)

You are entitled to receive this “Good Faith Estimate” of what the charges could be for psychotherapy services provided to you. While it is not possible for a therapist to know, in advance, how many therapy sessions may be necessary or appropriate for a given person, you can request a form that provides an estimate of the cost of services provided. Your total costs depend upon the number of therapy sessions you attend, your individual circumstances, the type, and the amount of services that are provided to you. This estimate is not a contract and does not obligate you to obtain any services from this provider, nor does it include any services rendered to you that are not identified here. A Good Faith Estimate is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment or a prediction that you may need to attend a specified number of therapy visits. The number of visits that are appropriate in your case, and the estimated cost for those services, depends on your needs and what you agree to in consultation with your therapist. You are entitled to disagree with any recommendations made to you concerning your treatment and you may discontinue treatment at any time.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment:

After our consultation, our first appointment will proceed as follows:

(Please see details below)

  • I will provide an explanation of your rights and we will sign a informed consent & disclosure together 
  •  A preliminary verbal outline of what brought you to therapy
  •  The co-creation a therapeutic map for your journey forward

Your Rights as a Client

At your first appointment, we will go over the informed consent and disclosure statement that explains in detail my credentials, modalities of therapy, your rights as a patient, fees agreements and more. Although this may seem tedious, I like to think of this time together as our ritual of forming trust thorough mutually recognized agreements. More directly, this is a standard practice to make sure we are on the same page and that you understand your rights! Remember that you are protected by HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) laws to have a confidential appointment within approved guidelines. If you have any questions about your rights as a patient, we will cover these fully in your first appointment. 

What Brought you to Therapy?

At the beginning, I will be asking you some questions to learn more about your story and why you are seeking support. This may take more than one session. Be honest. Be yourself. Tell me your story, and we will start from there.

The therapeutic ‘map’which may include but is not limited to:pexels-photo-108942

  • Setting up your next appointment(s) with initial predetermination of contact (i.e once a week, every two week appointments)
  • Therapeutic interventions to support you immediately and eventually long-term
  • Homework that may include exercises for your mind, body and soul
  • Consultations with your primary caregiver or other health care professionals
  • Skills for communication with others, self-care strategies and much more!

Those that are considering Nature Connection Therapy or Home Visits will have to initial an additional (short) liability disclosure on the first appointment. This is only to ensure that you understand and I understand that there may be risks out-of-doors or at your home that neither you or I could predict.

Please contact me with any questions about the information above at (425)835-3869 or lindsayhuettman@soulstewardscounseling.com.