FAQ’s

  • What are your fees? And what forms of payment do you accept?
  • Do you accept insurance?
  • How long is each session?
  • What is the frequency of sessions?
  • How many sessions will I need? 
  • Do you have evening appointments?
  • Are you accepting new clients, and how soon can I get an appointment?
  • Where are you located?
  • What is your philosophical approach? Are you a Christian counselor?
  • Do you prescribe medication?

 

Fees and Payment:

Fees for Individual: Standard 50-minute session: $120.   Double session of 100 minutes (1 hr. and 40 minutes): $200.

Fees for couple: Standard 50-minute session: $150.   Double session of 100 minutes (1 hr. and 40 minutes): $250.

Misc. Payment Information

  • Payment methods are generally cash or check. If it is necessary to use a credit card, that can be done, prior to coming to your session, through PayPal.
  • In cases of financial hardship, if I believe I can be of particularly good help on a particular case, I may offer something of a discount. Still, I do not offer extreme discounts or a “sliding scale” fee structure.
  • Payment is due at the beginning of each session. This allows for us to get administrative matters out of the way, and focus for the entire remainder of the session on the important matters of mind and heart you wish to discuss.

Insurance:

I do not at this time participate in insurance networks or Medicaid or Medicare or any form of managed care. And I do not file insurance claims. I will, however, be happy to prepare for you a receipt (if you request it in advance) for the fees you’ve paid, which you may find helpful, for example with certain insurance plans to partially reimburse you, or for use with your HSA (health savings account).

One side benefit to you, the client, of me not participating in insurance company panels, is that your private information, even the fact that you are attending counseling or therapy sessions, is not stored in an insurance company’s computer system–and is therefore more confidential.

To summarize: The client pays at each session the full fee, and if requested I prepare a receipt.

 

Length of Sessions:

A standard session is 50 minutes. Most people find the standard 50 minute session sufficient. Some clients, however, choose to schedule double sessions. Double sessions cost slightly less per hour than standard single sessions. See above (in “Fees and Payment” section) for details.

Among the reasons clients sometimes choose double sessions:

  • Living far away and having exceptionally long travel time to the office, thus making it worthwhile to have fewer, but longer sessions.
  • Appreciating more time per session, so as to have more opportunity to explore issues in greater breadth and depth, and without feeling rushed. This is especially relevant for those who have a conceptual mind and/or a relaxed sense of time, and might feel that at 50 minutes they were “just getting started.”
  • Feeling a sense of urgency to make substantial progress on a particular issue as quickly as possible, more quickly than would likely happen in a standard 50-minute session.

 

Frequency of sessions:

There is no requirement for any specific frequency. Generally, however, clients start out at a frequency of once a week. As significant progress is made, the frequency can be reduced to twice a month, or even less. Some clients, however, choose to start out at twice a week in order to get a fast start, and then settle back into the standard once a week frequency.

 

Hours, and Evening & Weekend Appointments:

Day or evening appointments can usually be made available. I see clients Monday through Friday, with evening hours until 8 p.m. Saturday afternoon appointments may be made available too, as necessary.

 

Next Available Appointment:

If a client’s schedule is reasonably flexible, I can usually find an available appointment within several days. The more flexible a client’s schedule is, the sooner their first appointment is likely to be.

Same-day appointments are not available for new clients, and only in unusual cases available for existing clients.

 

Office Location:

The office address is 3010 S. Harvard, Suite 110, in the Synergy Center.

 

Philosophical or Religious Approach:

I respect each client’s belief system, and try to be of help within that framework of beliefs. I work well with both religious and non-religious clients. I am not a Christian counselor. I see my role as helping each client increase the quality of his or her life, while respecting his or her belief system. I neither challenge clients’ religious or philosophical beliefs, nor do I attempt to impose upon clients any of my beliefs or philosophies.

My approach is to be accepting and respectful of the lifestyle choices you have chosen. Therefore, along with respecting your spiritual beliefs and practices, whatever they may or may not be, I also work respect and work comfortably with people’s relationships and marriages, however they have chosen to structure them.

I have found that the great majority of skills, insights, and practices necessary for the emotional health of an individual, and for harmony in marriage and relationships, can be learned without requiring that clients accept or reject any particular set of theological or lifestyle beliefs. So I can usually be of significant help to you, no matter what your lifestyle or beliefs.

 

Medication:

I do not prescribe medication. Only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. When I believe a client can benefit from medication, I may refer him or her to a physician for a medical evaluation, and medication management, to supplement our counseling or therapy. Some clients are eager to try medication, while others are uncomfortable with the idea of taking psychotropic medication. My own view is that medication is a tool and, like many other tools, can sometimes be helpful, but is certainly not always necessary. It happens that most of my clients are not on psychotropic medications.

 

Number of Sessions Needed:

There is no honest or ethical way to tell a client in advance how many sessions he or she will need. Many factors combine to determine how quickly progress will be made. In general, the more effort and practice a client expends between sessions, and the more courageous and honest a client is during sessions, the faster the gains will show. And remember: a client is never committed to a series of sessions. Instead, at any point in the counseling or therapy process a client is free to decide not to schedule any further sessions. I advise clients to continue to monitor whether they think they are benefiting from the sessions–and to only schedule a session when they believe it will be of further help.

Michael W. Posner, MSW, LCSW, DCSW

Michael@TulsaCounseling.com

Day, Evening, and Weekend Hours

809-4777