February 17, 2020
I'll be out of the office February 24th to March 9. If you need counseling before I return, please phone Cornerstone Psychological Associates 208-373-0790 and you may be able to get an appointment with one of their therapists. If you have an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Please see the message below and take care, Terrie
February 17, 2020
To all my clients...
You are very important to me and I need to tell you about a decision I have made for my counseling practice. It has been a difficult decision for me to make, yet I believe a valuable one for this stage in my counseling career and personal well-being. Beginning June 1, 2020 the method of payment for counseling services will transition to all out-of-pocket (self-pay) and insurance out-of-network. I will not longer be able to accept in-network insurance.
What this means is that clients will pay full payment for each counseling session at the time of the visit. If she/he has out-of-network insurance, he will be given a receipt (called a “superbill”) which will contain all the needed information that the insurance company needs. The client can mail the superbill to the insurance company. A convenient alternative is for the client to obtain a free app for his/her phone (called “Reimbursify”); it will be found on my website under the “Rates & Insurance” tab. Reimbursify is said to take five minutes to set up the first insurance claim; subsequent claims can be sent in less than one minute. (There is a nominal Reimbursify fee for each claim.)
There are many advantages to using out-of-pocket payment method: (1) Counseling time can be flexible instead of being limited to the strict insurance 45'-60' sessions. (2) Telecounseling (video/telephone) is available for all clients within the state, which adds convenience with illness, bad weather, and transportation challenges. (3) The client does not need to be labeled with a mental health diagnosis (which some clients prefer). (4) Most often an EMDR treatment can be completed in one extended session, rather than having to continue one or two weeks later. (5) The out-of-pocket payment method covers therapy that insurance companies generally do not (such as couples counseling, marriage prep, work issues, and family discord). (6) Oftentimes the out-of-pocket counselor/therapist will be very skilled with many years experience and a wide knowledge base. 7) Clients are allowed several sessions in a week, or even two in one day, which can be helpful for out-of towners who can't make it to Boise often. 8) Many clients now have high deductible clauses on their insurance policies that will not pay for the counseling sessions; this may come as a surprise down the counseling road.
I sincerely hope you will be able to continue your counseling journey with me. Do contact your insurance company to ascertain if your policy has out-of-network coverage-- money directly to you. If, however, you need to seek out another counselor, that is certainly understandable. There are many excellent counselors in the Boise and Treasure Valley area. Presently, I regularly refer out to Cornerstone Psychological Associates (208-373-0790) on Fairview between Cole and Milwaukee... and Boise Counseling Center (208-908-0500) on Kootenai. PsychologyToday.com is another good resource. You will find my future fee schedule (for June 1, 2020 and thereafter...) on the website:
With care and appreciation,
I'll be out of the office for the last 2 weeks of October 2019. See you in September. :))
Hello. The telephone system was temporarily down for improvement purposes; it is now up and running and HIPAA
safer than ever. The new fax number is: 208-506-6876
Take care, Terrie
Hello there! I am pleased to announce that, for your convenience, I am going to continue to accept most insurances.
Take Care, Terrie
Hello again. I just wanted to let you know that I have changed scheduling programs. You can still go to the website and make your own appointments in HOME or MAKE APPOINTMENT; you'll have to register with the same or a new password... because you are new to the "Yellow Schedule" program. Please forgive/ignore the "like" and "share" choices that the scheduler displays. This program is easier to use in many ways. I hope that you'll find this schedule program convenient for you and use it often if you so choose. Please call me if you have any questions.
Take good care, Terrie
Hello! I just wanted to let you know there are some new features on the website that I hope you will like.
You can now make payments and used online counseling at this website. A couple of books and handouts have been added, as well. In addition, the website will soon have a new and modernized makeover.
Please let me know if you have any problems or suggestions.
Take care, Terrie