Optimal Health Therapy charges $160 per 50-minute session. We understand that therapy is an investment in your health and well-being, and strive to provide treatment that is worth that investment. We accept cash, credit cards, personal checks, health savings account, or flexible spending account cards as forms of payment at the time services are rendered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my insurance?
I am currently an in-network provider for Medicare (Part B). Medicare recipients will be able to use their benefits for in-office visits. Of note, I cannot accept Medicare Advantage, as this is an HMO plan. Please contact your insurance if you need an in-network Medicare Advantage provider.
I am an out-of-network provider for most PPO plans. This means that you would pay the full fee up front and I can provide you with a "superbill" which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company and ask about the amount of your deductible and what percentage of behavioral health services they will reimburse you prior to initiating treatment.
There are also several benefits to not using insurance for mental or behavioral health that you may want to consider. In order to be covered for mental health services, insurance companies require information regarding your diagnosis, which then becomes part of your medical health record. Health insurance companies can also dictate the number of sessions you have and which treatments you receive.
If you are interested in treatment but cannot afford the full fee, there may be limited sliding scale options available. You can inquire about these options during your initial consultation.
What should I expect in my first session?
After reviewing the consent form, limits to confidentiality, and treatment agreements, the rest of the session will be spent on a mental health intake assessment to better understand what brings you to therapy. The assessment period may span a couple of sessions to ensure a tailored and collaborative treatment plan moving forward. We will also likely spend some time on education and brief coping skills to get you started.
How long will therapy last?
Treatment length can vary by individual, depending on each person's goals and practice of skills outside of session. Most of the evidence-based treatments used at Optimal Health Therapy are designed to be effective within 6-15 sessions. We will continually check in with the progress towards your goals and your comfort with treatment to ensure your therapeutic needs are being met.
Will therapy help take my pain away?
Finding a way out of pain is a very common desire and expectation for chronic pain coping therapy. Unfortunately psychotherapy cannot eliminate or directly treat chronic physical pain, as the pain you are experiencing is not "all in your head." Rather, the goal of chronic pain management is to help you increase your functioning and live a better quality of life despite the pain. If you feel pain has been holding you hostage for months or years (or decades!), we can work on addressing the frustration, anxiety, and depression that has developed and explore ways to live well even with pain.
How do you pronounce your last name?
I get that question a lot! My name is pronounced Nice-en-son. Just remember that I am "nice"! I generally go by Anne, though, which is much easier to pronounce.