Initial Phone Consultation
CHERIISH Counseling offers a free initial 20 minute phone consultation. This opportunity allows you and our therapists to explore goals for therapy and determine whether our approach is the best fit for you. If we determine that another approach would best support your needs, we will refer you to another provider. Complete our new client inquiry form and we will contact you to schedule an initial phone consultation.
Out of Pocket or Out of Network Fees
CHERIISH’s standard out of pocket rate is $175 per session. Most of our clients paying out of pocket qualify for our same-day payment discount, which reduces the total cost to $135 per session. We reserve a number of opportunities for reduced rate or pro bono clients.
Group length and rates vary depending on the specific group that is offered. Visit our Groups page for additional information.
Payments and Cancellations
Payment is due at the time of service. CHERIISH Counseling currently accepts major credit cards. Cash and check payments have been paused at this time due to COVID-19.
If you miss a scheduled session and have not cancelled with at least 24 hours notice, you will be charged a $90 cancellation fee.
CHERIISH Counseling is an in-network provider with Aetna, BCBS, Moda, and PacificSource. CHERIISH Counseling is an out-of-network provider with all other insurance carriers. However, even as an out-of-network provider, we can provide options for you to seek possible reimbursement directly from your insurance carrier.
The following questions may be helpful to discuss with your insurance carrier:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits? What are my out-of-network benefits?
- Can I receive reimbursement for working with an out-of-network provider?
- Do I have a deductible that must be met? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- What percentage of cost is covered by my benefits once my deductible is met?
- How many sessions are covered per calendar year?
- Do I need written approval or a referral from my primary care physician for services to be covered?
Requesting reimbursement from your insurance provides some obvious benefits, such as your out-of-pocket cost may be reduced. There can also be some drawback to using insurance for your care: Insurance companies request information about your treatment, which may reduce your privacy, they require that a mental health diagnosis is provided, and they may also limit the number of sessions that are eligible for reimbursement. CHERIISH Counseling encourages you to explore your options and decide what the best fit is for you.
Good Faith Estimate
Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
- Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
- If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
- Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit http://www.cms.gov/nosurprises