I work hard to ensure that my fees are competitive within the community but also affordable, whether clients have insurance or are self-paying for sessions. The fee for a standard session ranges from $150 to $200, depending on the nature of the session (e.g., initial consultation, individual psychotherapy, family session). For clients who are paying out of pocket for services, several payment options are offered. Discussion of the needs and the resources of each client is used to determine how to provide services that are effective and affordable.
I am on the panel of approved providers for Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO. Clients with BCBS PPO are responsible for meeting deductibles, getting precertification or authorization if needed, and covering co-payments as outlined by their specific insurance policies. My office bills BCBS directly for sessions and client payments are either paid at the time of service or billed after the insurance claim has been processed.
Clients with insurance from other companies pay at the time of service and seek insurance reimbursement on their own. My office provides documentation as necessary for reimbursement, including itemized invoices and/or precertification paperwork.
The first session is focused on us getting to know each other and you telling me about the concerns that led you to seek therapy. While there are a couple intake forms to complete (contact information, insurance and HIPAA forms), we will spend most of the session talking together.
The length of treatment depends on a number of factors, including what sort of problems are being addressed, how long you’ve been dealing with the problem, how often we meet and how readily treatment recommendations can be implemented. Usually, sessions are 45 to 60 minutes long and are attended weekly or every other week (biweekly). While complicated, severe or chronic issues can take months to address fully, most people see improvement within the first 4 to 6 sessions.
I don’t prescribe medication because my training didn’t include getting a medical degree that would allow me to do so. I have several doctors and psychiatrists with whom I have a collaborative relationship to help meet the needs my clients may have for consultation about medication.
When we schedule the first appointment, we’ll discuss who should come to the session and make a decision together that helps you and your child feel comfortable. Several things impact on this decision including your child’s age, the nature of the concerns, and your child’s comfort being part of conversations focused on him or her. I am also happy to offer advice about how to talk to children about coming to therapy.
Working with a child in therapy is significantly different than conducting assessments to be used in a legal proceeding, My priority with children in divorcing families is to preserve the safety and trust of the therapy relationship, which I have found is often difficult to do when a child’s therapy records are being used as part of a court battle.
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“Kori is an excellent provider. She’s flexible with scheduling, kind, compassionate, professional, and extremely helpful. I’ve felt I’ve made huge strides toward living a more balanced, healthy, and compassionate life. Kori also treats my child and has been extremely helpful in navigating childhood anxiety and depressive thinking, as well as helping me with parenting strategies. Highly recommend!!”
“You know what sucks? When you are really attached to your therapist, and she dies. Way more sucky for her, of course (only 54, breast cancer), but a considerable suckfest for me too. Then into the breach rides the courageous Dr. Kori Skidmore. Though it must have been a challenge to treat someone in my unique situation, Kori has shown great compassion and understanding and helped me through a really rough time. Kori specializes in treating children and adolescents, which would make her seem like an odd choice for a patient pushing 50. But since a good deal of my angst comes courtesy of my two teenagers, her perspective on adolescent development is really useful. She is able to give me many helpful approaches to the conundrums that vex me. Extra bonus: she takes my insurance.”
– Lisa B.