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Psychotherapy Services
of Dupont Circle

Daniel J. Meckel Ph.D., LCSW-C

Phone: (410) 231-2041  
Email: DanielMeckel@dupontpsychotherapy.com

Fees, Policies, and Insurance

Fees:

Individual psychotherapy: $200-225 for 45 minute session.
Couples therapy: $200-225 for 45 minute session

Insurance:

Insurance reimbursements for my services are available out of network. I do not participate directly with any insurance companies, managed care, or Medicare.  Even so, most insurance plans will still reimburse you for a significant portion of your therapy fees.  I will provide a monthly statement that includes all the information needed for reimbursement.  

Policies:

Frequency of sessions:
Psychotherapy sessions are scheduled on an ongoing basis, at one to three times weekly. Under some circumstances I do therapy on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.  Sessions last forty-five minutes unless we arrange otherwise.  Each year, I am away from the office for a total of eight to twelve weeks: 4-5 weeks in the Summer, 3-4 weeks during Winter, and 1-2 weeks in the Spring.

Form of Payment:
Payment is due at the time of service by cash, check, or credit card. Payment can also be made through PayPal or G-Pay.  A statement is issued at the first of each month for the previous month’s payments for insurance or tax purposes. There is no direct billing with any insurance plan.

Cancellations:
All regularly scheduled sessions are the patient's financial responsibility. I need 48 hours of notice during business hours in order not to charge for a session. If you know that you must miss a session, I will make reasonable efforts to reschedule sessions when cancelled in a timely manner. While I know that at times 48 hours advance notice is not possible, without this amount of notice you will be charged for the missed session.

Ending Therapy:
Either of us may end the therapy relationship. I will support you in all phases of our work in therapy, including when you decide to leave therapy. I can best support the process of your leaving if you give several weeks notice prior to actually stopping. The notice allows you to leave well, with a sense of completion.

Confidentiality:
As a licensed therapist, I protect the confidentiality of our communications. I will only release information about our work to others with your written permission, or if I am required to do so by a court order. I am legally obligated to breach confidentiality in order to protect others from harm.  For example, if I have information that indicates that a child or elderly or disabled person is being abused, I must report that to the appropriate state agency.  Also, if a client is an imminent risk to him/herself or makes threats of imminent violence against another person, I am required to take protective actions. These situations rarely occur, but if such a situation does occur, I make every effort to discuss it with the patient before taking any action.