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Rates, Insurance, Frequently Asked Questions



Free Initial Consultation

Prior to our first official appointment, I offer a 30-minute in-person consultation at no charge. This initial contact will allow us to meet to assure there is a good match and provides you an opportunity to get an initial sense of me and my approach. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Rates

Payment may be made by cash, check, or major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please pay all fees directly to me at the beginning of each session:

$120 per hour


Insurance

I strongly believe treatment for private emotional difficulties should be a confidential and private process. Please be aware that many insurance companies require you to be diagnosed with a mental disorder and the information may go to a national database. Also detailed clinical information is frequently requested as a condition of you receiving payment. For these reasons, I do not participate in any HMO or PPO provider panels, but many PPO (and some HMO) members have benefits through a "point of service" or "out-of-network" option. In this case I can give you a statement of services rendered, called a "Superbill." You should call the insurance company in advance to see what information they need for out of network providers and how much they will cover.


Cancellation Policy

Since your therapy involves specifically reserving my time; I need a minimum of 24 hours notice if you need to cancel for any reason. You will be charged your full fee for any missed appointment without 24-hour notice of cancellation.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can Jennifer Westcott help you?

If you choose to commit to therapy with me you will find our journey to be a partnership in which ultimately you are helping yourself. That may not appeal to you at this point, but ultimately my job is to work myself out of a job. I believe individuals have the ability to uncover, rediscover, create, and foster enough internal strength to help themselves. This especially happens when they are given a safe space to explore themselves and engage with a skilled, open-hearted, non-judging, person to help them reflect, analyze, see patterns, create goals and make change. We will walk this journey together creating goals and achieving insight derived from the brilliance that shines within you.


Why should I come to therapy?

Are you feeling lost, confused, sad, unsure, angry or disconnected? Are you sick of the same patterns, same outcomes, but don't know how to change? Perhaps something has happened in your life that is overwhelming and you need a place to figure it out. There are numerous reasons someone comes to therapy, but if you are exploring these pages you owe it to yourself to check therapy out. Seeking therapy does not mean there is something wrong with you. Seeking therapy means you have enough insight to know you need some help figuring out next steps, making change, and creating support.


Do you have a specialty area?

Due to my background as a Junior High School Counselor and my most recent work as a Therapeutic Case Manager working with families dealing with dementia and mental health issues, I have a great deal of experience with families and family dynamics.

I offer Walk and Talk therapy as well. While this modality is not for everyone, I have seen great results when people explore therapeutic subjects while engaging their body in physical activity. Research supports that exercise such as walking provides a neuroprotective and growth producing effect, which can result in new insights, a "fog" lifting, and natural anti-depressant factors.

Other areas of strong experience and education are creating empowerment, dealing with body image issues, disordered eating, co-dependent relationships, handling anxiety and depression, and improving communication. Please see my Services page for more information on various areas of specialty.


Does therapy need to be every week?

Essentially, yes. For maximum benefit and to establish a strong foundation to work from, it is critical to meet every week. During the course of the work, it is always possible to consider other arrangements, but certainly not until we have established a strong working relationship.

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