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Appointments and office policies
What To Expect at Your First Appointment
Before we meet in person, we will have a brief phone or email consultation to discuss your goals are for therapy and to schedule a time for us to meet in person. I will ask for you to complete the new Patient Information Form. When we meet, I will collect your completed form. During our first meeting we will talk more in depth, collaboratively identify your needs and goals, and develop a treatment plan based on your needs.
Fees and Payment
My individual therapy hourly rate is $175 (per 45/ 50-minute session). Cash, check, or credit card are accepted for payment which is collected at the time of service. Please make checks payable to Marni Amsellem, Ph.D.
While I do not directly bill third parties for reimbursement, I provide billing summaries and statements should you wish to file with your insurance company for out-of-network benefits.
Another option to meet virtually / online therapy through a HIPAA-secure interface. We can work together if you are located in New York State or Connecticut. This can be a good option for many, as it removes barriers of transportation, proximity, can be less expensive, and offers greater schedule flexibility. If interested, I would be happy to discuss further.
If it becomes impossible for you to keep an appointment, it is important that you call to cancel/ reschedule. Due to the policy of reserved appointment times, you must cancel an appointment that you cannot keep 24 hours before the appointment time. Should medical issues/ weather events make it difficult to meet in person for a particular appointment, it may be possible to conduct the session over the telephone. Appointments that have not been properly canceled are subject to be charged the regular session fee.
Email/ text messages:
Confidential information will not be communicated over email without your consent, as it is not a secure form of communication. Typically email is reserved for scheduling purposes only.
I respond to voicemail messages left in a timely manner and check messages regularly.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 911, call your local crisis line, or proceed to an emergency room. Contacting me directly is not reliable in the case of emergencies.
To make an appointment/ for inquiries: