I (Gene Obersinner, LCSW) see clients on a sliding scale fee basis from my office in downtown Eugene, Oregon. What is a sliding scale? Essentially, it is the fee scale within which your per-session counseling rate is established.
My fee scale ranges from $40-80 per session, depending on your financial situation. True to the commitment of a partnership with my clients, I will work with you to set a fee that is acceptable to all concerned. If you're wondering why I do not accept insurance, I speak to that in greater detail in the next section.
IMPORTANT NOTE: While I do not bill insurance directly, I do allow the client to petition their insurance provider for reimbursement via a "Superbill" process. This is similar to that used by many other mental health and medical professionals. Feel free to ask me about this when we meet!
Unlike most therapists and agencies, if I am able to see you, you will have much less wait time for an appointment--typically only about a week, and sometimes less.
I do not accept health insurance of any kind. This was a conscious choice that I made when I began Empowerment Counseling Associates. Why did I do this? Let me explain why, and how this can be to your benefit:
* No third party making decisions about your care. Insurance companies don't get to decide whether or not you are appropriate for services.
* Less wait time. Since I am able to adjust the flow of clients to my own workload, I have a system that allows me to see people very quickly, usually within a week (contrast this with many--if not most--mental health providers who have a waiting period of weeks or even months).
*No session limits based on how 'un-well' you are. You and I get to decide how long we will work together
* The lower end of my sliding scale is very competitive with many insurance co-payments for mental health care
* Less paperwork for both of us. This gives us more time and energy to focus on what really matters--your health and well-being!
For all of these reasons, it is my firm belief that most people will receive as good or better care in the short and long run by working with a provider who works independently of the current insurance system.
I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me for a consultation today.