Coffee Counseling | Dr. Coffee | Couples Counseling | Depression | Anxiety | Trauma | St. Petersburg FL

The fee for a 50 to 60-minute session is $175. I charge for my time, so the same fee for individual, couples, and family therapy. I offer a sliding scale (reduced fee based on assets, household income, and number of household members) for those who qualify. If you feel you may qualify for a reduction or are unable to afford the fee, please inquire about a reduction with me. If you do not qualify but are still struggling with cash flow issues, please ask about my flexible payment plan. Finances should never be the reason you do not receive the care you deserve.

Please bring a list of any medications you or your family members are taking and the name and telephone number of the prescribing physician. If your work involves couples or family therapy, I prefer meeting everyone in the first session and will break things down into individual or couples' only sessions as clinically indicated.

This answer varies depending on the nature of the issue and whether it was a short-term or long-term goal that led you to therapy. Most people come once a week, but schedules are flexible based on goals, the intensity of the problem, progress in therapy, and your scheduling preferences. I focus on helping you achieve your particular goals. You and I will discuss what is right for you clinically and we will work within the constraints of your availability.

The typical session is 50 minutes long. Occasionally, clients may schedule longer sessions as needed. Many of my couples block off two sessions in a row. For highly motivated clients that want faster results, Intensives are available for either couples counseling or depression or anxiety.

Yes. The law specifically protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are specific exceptions to this rule, such as suspected child abuse or disabled adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately to protect vulnerable people.

I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in ensuring your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission to ensure your safety.

If I see you in public, I will not acknowledge knowing you unless you initiate contact. Confidentiality is yours to breach, not mine (except for exceptions such as those noted above). Please see the HIPAA Privacy Practices document for further exceptions.

I am considered "Out of Network" for all networks other than Cigna (for which I do individual therapy & on-site crisis support only). This means that I currently do not contract directly with insurance companies. There are two primary reasons for this; the first is that many insurance companies do not cover couples and/or family counseling, the second is that I wish to protect your privacy and the information you provide. Insurance companies have access to your files and all the information contained therein. They also require a mental illness diagnosis that follows you from insurance company to insurance company for the rest of your life.

If you do wish to seek reimbursement through your insurance company, please speak to me about getting a detailed receipt called a superbill. This will require me to provide a mental illness diagnosis as well as dates of services and fees paid, and the codes for session type. You will submit this to your insurance company, and any available benefits will be reimbursed and sent directly to you or applied to your deductible. In the meantime, payment can be made by credit card or through a payment plan if cash flow is a concern.

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