What is Art Therapy?
“Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.” (The American Art Therapy Association, 2017)
In Maryland, art therapists are regulated under the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists which, in addition to regulating art therapists, oversees professional counselors, marriage and family therapists and drug and alcohol counselors. Art therapists in Maryland share the same core competency requirements of these other professions and hold the same ability to practice independently and diagnose. The difference is that practice of art therapy is the primary approach for licensed art therapists. (Maryland Art Therapy Association, 2018)
What are your session fees?
60-75 minutes-------Initial intake session/ diagnostic evaluation-------$160
50-60 minutes-------Individual therapy session-----------------------------$130
I am able to provide invoices (sometimes called superbills) as an out-of-network provider. This includes all the necessary information needed to submit for reimbursement. It’s important that you contact your insurance carrier to see if your specific policy provides partial or full reimbursement of counseling sessions.
The insurance system is complex and time consuming to navigate as an independent therapist.
Many insurance companies do not reimburse therapists with sustainable wages, requiring that they see more clients than desired just to pay the bills. My desire is to spend my time with clients giving quality care, not insurance companies (submitting claims, fighting denials and waiting on hold for long periods).
*You have the right to a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your care will cost.
Under the law (No Surprises Act, https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers/explainers-for-consumers) health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for health care items and services.
Do you offer reduced fee sessions?
Yes, on a case by case basis.
I partner with a local non-profit Pro Bono Counseling Project.
What will my first session be like?
A first session with any therapist typically consists of an intake, where the therapist reviews the paperwork that you have filled out ahead of time, giving the therapist basic information and your reasons for seeking treatment. Policies, procedures, fees, and scheduling are also discussed. The rest of the session is used to help us get to know each other. You have a chance to start telling your story and the therapist is getting a sense of how they might be able to help you on your journey.
This session helps the client and therapist to figure out if the relationship will be a "good fit".
If you are wanting to use art therapy, I will also talk more about how I typically work with clients using the art making process and gather info about your past art and counseling experiences.
Questions & Answers
When choosing a therapist, you want to be sure you’re choosing one that you can fully trust to answer your questions and concerns. Below, you’ll will find a list of some frequently asked questions. Connect with me today for more information.