Frequently Asked Questions

I have compiled answers to the most asked questions and put them here for your convenience. If you do not see your questions here, please contact me.

Do you accept my insurance?2024-01-08T15:22:03+00:00

The list of insurances is listed on the Rates & Insurances tab. If your insurance is listed, it is a good idea to submit your information through the Alma platform to verify eligibility and determine an estimate of your co-payment: (insert link here)

If Meredith Mental Health Counseling, PLLC does not contract with your insurance company, I am considered “outofnetwork.” Most health insurance plans provide some form of coverage for outpatient psychotherapy.

For out-of-network, many plans require the client to pay a deductible; once the deductible is reached, the plan will reimburse a certain percentage of the fee. Be aware it is customary deductibles reset the beginning of each calendar year.

It is important you confirm what mental health services your insurance policy covers.

How can I try to get my insurance company to reimburse me for my therapy?2024-01-08T15:22:31+00:00

Call your insurance company and tell them you would like to go out-of-network for behavioral health. Some questions to ask your insurance provider:

  1. What is my current yearly deductible?
  2. How much of this deductible has currently been met?
  3. What are my mental health benefits?
  4. What is the reimbursement rate for an out-of-network provider (once your deductible has been met)?
  5. How/what do I to submit for reimbursement?
  6. What specific information is needed on the receipt?
  7. Are there are any limitations on the amount of sessions or amount paid out?
  8. Is pre-approval required from my primary care physician?
What should I do if I’m in an emergency situation?2024-01-08T15:23:15+00:00

In case of emergencies: Please know, Meredith Mental Health Counseling, PLLC provides outpatient services. The office is not open or available on a 7 day/24 hour basis for crisis calls.

In the event of an emergency: call 911, your local police or go to a hospital emergency room. You can also CALL or TEXT Dutchess County HELPLINE 24/7/365 at 845-485-9700. Mobile Crisis Intervention Team can be reached at 845-372-5500.

What can I expect during my first session?2024-02-05T16:45:04+00:00

During our first session I will come prepared to cover “house-keeping rules” and review your intake information, which you will fill out beforehand. We will get know each other as I actively listen and empathetically understand the reasons you are beginning treatment. It usually takes up to three sessions to determine goals for therapy. A treatment plan is collaboratively created and tailored individually for you.

How long do the sessions and therapy last?2024-01-08T15:24:19+00:00

The initial intake is 60 minutes and each session afterwards is 45 to 55 minutes, predetermined by you and myself. Clients are generally seen on a weekly basis and as a client improves, they move to every-other-week, then monthly, until they “graduate.” Client are welcome to return when other issues arise in their lives that will benefit from a fresh perspective and additional support.

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