Teletherapy is conducting individual, couples, or group sessions through videoconferencing with a therapist in a secured private room. Meeting with your therapist through teletherapy has advantages and disadvantages which are outlined in required consent forms. All potential clients must be a resident of New York State and will be screened to determine if they are suitable for this method of treatment because teletherapy is not appropriate for everyone. New clients can expect to have regularly scheduled weekly sessions. As you make positive progress, your therapist may discuss changing the frequency of sessions and any decision will be mutually decided by both parties.
With the National Medical Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance companies were covering session fees in full along with co-payments. Effective August 1, 2020, insurance companies will continue to cover the session fee for teletherapy, but clients are now responsible for their co-payments and in some cases a deductible. Your therapist will keep you updated regarding future notifications we receive from your insurance carrier regarding session fees and client responsibility.
First Light Psychological Services takes most insurances. Prior to your first session our office checks your insurance benefits for mental health services for what they cover and what is the client’s financial responsibility. We will keep you informed of notifications of coverage changes if they occur. When the National Medical Emergency is lifted, some insurance companies will only cover half of the contracted reimbursement rate per session for teletherapy. The therapist will notify you when this occurs and discuss if you want to attend sessions in the office. If you chose to continue with telehealth sessions, you will be financially responsible for the remaining balance per session that insurance does not cover at their contracted reimbursement rate.
Many insurance companies have out of network benefits. If we are an out of network provider, we will bill your insurance company, but you will be responsible for any fees that are not covered. If you do not have insurance or prefer not to go through your insurance carrier for reimbursement, individual session fees are $125.00 per session for 45 minutes, and for couples counseling the fee is $250.00 per session for 90 minutes. Session fees are payable at the time of each visit.
During your first session the therapist will answer any questions you may have about teletherapy, and any information in the required forms that need to be filled out prior to starting treatment. Together you will discuss preferred communication outside of sessions (email, text), your presenting problem, and a pathway for effective treatment goals that will produce a positive outcome.
The desire, motivation, and commitment to participate in teletherapy is no different than attending sessions in the office. If you want teletherapy sessions, please click on the link below and complete the required information and consent forms. When we receive the completed paperwork, your insurance benefits will be verified and one of the therapists will contact you by email, text, or phone within 72 hours to set up your first appointment. The link below will take you to a different website to fill out paperwork and electronically sign required documents. This file is HIPPA encrypted which keeps your information secure and completely private. The completed documents will be emailed to us using the same encryption format. None of your information is stored on this website.