COMPETITIVE RATES FOR IN- OFFICE SERVICES
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$130.00 for 50 minutes. Consider using this only if you prepare your thoughts beforehand so you are getting the maxium help and improvement you desire to meet your objectives.
$165.00 per 75 minute session for those who have concerns they want to address in depth without being rushed by the clock, persons struggling with addiction or for those who travel some distance.
One sliding scale client at a time will be considered. Granted on a case by case basis only when available.
Please note: These, above, fees are for standard treatment only and do not apply to Court cases, hospital visits and unusual circumstances which may require more time and documentation.
Your therapy first session is 30 minutes, is always free and is considered a "get acquainted" intro-assessment visit to determine if we are a good fit. If not, I will endeavor to give you three referrals that might suit your needs better. This free "intro" does not apply to hypnosis sessions.
For the sake of my clients' convenience and confidentiality, I do not accept direct insurance payments, but I will complete any needed infromation or billing statements for your insurance compnay each month so that you may submit for reimbursement. I work on a fee-for-service basis only. Many clients can receive reimbursement for a portion of my services through their out-of network mental health benefits.
Cash, check and Paypal are accepted for payment. Paypal accepts most major credit cards.
Cancellation Policy If you do not come for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Request a therapy appointment online here. However, I prefer that you e-mail me at: [email protected] as I will get your request much faster.
Alternative Therapy - Online e-Mail at Affordable Monthly Rate
If you enjoy typing and thinking through your issues and thoughts around them, perhaps not finishing in one sit down, then online e-mail therapy may be for you. For more information click on the Home Page of this website, then ME, then SERVICES and finally ONLINE THERAPY.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT DUE TO THE FAULT OF OTHERS AND ARE REFERRED VIA A LEGAL CASE, THE COSTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE NOTED ABOVE DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED DEMANDS OF LEGAL CASES.
Fee Schedule for Legal Cases
Initial Meeting Assessment, Intake, and Preliminary Diagnosis: $650.00 per person, per client*. This may take two hours, or more, with the client and another two hours, or more, to fully prepare initial documentation. Should a particular case require more than four hours for this, additional charges will apply at the rate listed below. *Should a full Treatment Plan be requested also an additional $100.00 fee will apply bringing the Initial Meeting and Documentation total to $750.00.
Due to infirmity, if the client cannot meet in the therapy office for the first session requiring therapist to travel to them, the rate is $275.00 per hour or portion thereof for travel time. It is highly advised that the client hire cheaper transport.
Office Therapy: Legal = $240.00 per 50-minute session in-office consisting of therapy session $165.00, plus Legal Process Notes and extra documentation $75.00 = $240.00 total fee per session.
*Possible discounts available for direct payment to clincian rather than using a third party legal lender.*
E-mail, phone, text, IM, FT, HIPPA Video with client or attorney = billable in 15-minute increments at above rate.
Reading and working from documentation provided by other sources pertinent to client $160 per hour.
The first visit needs to be in office/person-to-person for a thorough assessment and to determine if therapy is appropriate for each individual client and situation. This decision is up to the clinician and may be terminated if it appears it is not therapeutically effective.
Telemedicine for Legal Cases
A client is eligible, if appropriate, for telephone counseling, e-mail, messaging and face-to-face video at the above rates, charged fractionally by the amount of time used by both client and clinician. This is available if distance or mobility present a challenge for the client. The rate is the same as posted above. We use a third party HIIPA compliant secure portal.
-Please note: I do not work with Borderline individuals as it is not an area I am skilled in.-
Expert testimony: Expert witness fees are: $3,000.00 (three thousand dollars) for a full day and $2,000.00 (two thousand dollars) for AM or PM and will apply if Ms. Valentino testifies for one minute, 7 hours or not at all. Fees must be paid at least 10 business days before the court date. The fees are not refundable if there is less than 72 hours written notice to cancel or change dates of testimony; email is acceptable notice. If Ms. Valentino must travel more than one half hour to/from the court house, there will be an additional travel fee. Telephonic testimony, if requested by the Judge, is billed at the rate of $400.00 (four hundred dollars) per hour or portion thereof. The same terms of payment and refund apply: Fees must be paid at least 10 business days in advance. The fee is not refundable if Ms. Valentino receives less than 72 hours’ notice to cancel or change dates of testimony. Please note that I am a treatment Behavioral Psychotherapist and as such there is rarely a need for me to go to Court.
Additional potential fees:
Preparation Time, including submission of records, copying, transport: $200 per hour
Phone calls, $200 per hour billable in 10-minute increments
Depositions, $200 per hour plus travel time and costs
All attorney fees and that are incurred by the therapist as a result of the legal action
Finally, all fees are doubled if clinician Valentino had scheduled plans to go out of town and notified clients’ counsel.
Costs as noted are effective 6/1/18. Fees are subject to change as necessary or as costs increase.