FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR INDIVIDUAL/COUPLES THERAPY?

I charge $280 for 50 minutes of therapy.

Accessibility is important to me, so I have provided a number of sliding scale slots to those who don't have insurance. Currently, all those slots are filled and I don't expect them to be open again for another 1-2 years. 

Mend Seattle provides low cost therapy to folx in the Seattle area. If you don't find a good fit with therapists there, please email me and I can try to find a someone who can work with you. 

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?

I work with individual adults or couples/dyads only. 18+ year old individuals.

I do not work with: babies, children, adolescents, teens, or families.

Areas that are not my specialty: OCD, insomnia/sleep disorders, substance use, eating disorders, psychosis, ADHD or actively struggle with suicidal/homicidal ideation. Due to the nature of my small practice, I am unable to accommodate folx who are in crisis.

I am only licensed to work with Washington State residents only. I am doing 100% virtual therapy via a HIPAA compliant teleheath platform for the foreseeable future with no plans of going back in person anytime soon.

I specialize with working with folx from the Asian diaspora that currently reside in the greater Seattle area (Bellevue, Seattle, Mercer Island, Medina, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Issaquah, Sammamish, Duvall, North Bend, Snoqualmie) and beyond (Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, and Yakima County).

WHEN DO YOU SEE CLIENTS?

I only have open weekly slots during these times:

Mondays- 9am and 11am

Tuesdays- 10am, 11am, and 1pm

Wednesdays- 9am, 10am and 11am

These times are subject to change and are not guaranteed until there is mutual consent. I do not see clients during evenings or weekends. 

DO YOU ACCEPT ANY FORM OF INSURANCE?

No, but I can provide a superbill for possible partial reimbursement (10%-60%) from your insurance carrier. Most PPO plans have out of network reimbursements, but HMO plans don't. Please call your insurance directly to ask.

IF I WANT TO USE MY “OUT OF NETWORK” BENEFITS, WHAT SHOULD I ASK MY INSURANCE COMPANY?

  • Does my plan cover out-of-network providers?

  • What percentage of the full cost does my plan cover?

  • Does it cover a percentage of Angela's full cost of a session or does it cover a percentage of a certain preset amount?

  • Does my plan cover telehealth?                          

  • What is my out-of-network deductible? 

  • Have I met the deductible this year?             

  • What is the out-of-network reimbursement rate for the CPT code 90834? 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GO TO THERAPY?

Clients have the option of coming in as often as they want per week. I recommend clients to come in at least once a week  since frequent and consistent treatment produces faster and longer lasting results. Because I believe that continuity and momentum are vital to the therapeutic work, and mutual protection of the therapy appointment time is very important, scheduling regular, weekly sessions and attending for the full 50 minutes is expected.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?

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HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?

I believe that relational/emotional patterns can take years to develop; therefore, it can take a long time to undo or modify. I find that long-term work yields the greatest results. Usually people work with me for 1-3 years, but it is totally up to you!

DO YOU OFFER SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION FOR LMHCA’S?

Yes! I am approved to see associates who are applying to be LMHC’s, LMFT’s and LISW’s. I don’t supervise folx who see children, teens or couples. My supervision rate is $200 per 50 minute session.

HOW DOES THE APP REIMBURSIFY HELP?

If you have out of network insurance, Reimbursify is an app that can help with the process of getting claims possibly covered for $2.99 per claim. Here is the link: Reimbursify

WHAT IS A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE?

Beginning January 1, 2022, federal law requires health care practitioners to provide current and potential clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) on the cost of treatment.
This new law is designed to provide transparency to clients regarding their expected medical expenses and to protect them from surprises when they receive their medical bills.
While it is not possible for a therapist to know, in advance, how many therapy sessions may be necessary or appropriate for a given person, this form provides an estimate of the cost of services provided.
I expect treatment will require continued weekly or bi-weekly sessions continuing through the end of the year, at $280 per session for a total of 48 weeks, accounting for vacations and holidays for an estimated total of $13,440 (weekly sessions).

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS WITH THE GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE?

  • You have the right to receive a GFE for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including therapy services.

  • You can ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a GFE before you schedule a service.

  • You have the right to initiate the client–provider dispute resolution process if the charges you are actually billed substantially exceed the expected charges in this estimate (at least $400 more than your GFE).

  • You are entitled to disagree with any recommendations made to you concerning your treatment and you may discontinue treatment at any time.

  • Make sure to save a copy of your GFE or take a photo of it.

  • This estimate of costs is not a contract and does not obligate you to obtain clinical services from your provider.

  • For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 1- 800-985-3059.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR NOT USING INSURANCE?

  • To protect your confidentiality

  • No limit to how many sessions you can attend

  • No clinical diagnosis on your medical record

  • More choices for therapist based on your fit

  • Ability to continue with your current therapist even if you lose insurance or change insurance/jobs

  • When a mental health diagnosis is filed on your record, it is considered a pre-existing condition. In the future, this could potentially increase the costs of your insurance or prevent you from getting coverage altogether.

  • There is no limit for amount of sessions. With the use of insurance, there is sometimes a limit for number of sessions covered.