Christopher A. Vaught, Ed.S., NCC, LMHC - Counseling and play therapy for children,
Fees and Insurance

Initial phone consultation:    No cost
Psychotherapy session:         $90 (45 minutes)
                                          $110 (60 minutes)

Insurance Plans Accepted:
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Aetna

I am an out-of-network provider for most other insurance companies. What this typically means is that you pay the full fee up front, I provide you with a receipt (referred to as a Superbill) that you can submit to your insurance company, and then you are reimbursed by them. The reimbursement rates can be anything from 0%-100% (with 70%-80% being common), so it is important that you contact your insurance provider to find out if they offer out-of-network benefits and what percentage they cover. In some cases, the amount you end up paying this way is similar to what you would pay with a co-pay when using your in-network benefits.

Some clients choose not to use insurance benefits when seeking mental health services for their child. Some common reasons for this are:

  • Loss of confidentiality--Insurance companies will require certain information from me about you or your child that I would normally work hard to keep confidential. This can include dates of service, diagnosis, intervention techniques, treatment plans, etc. 
  • Insurance governing treatment--The insurance companies can often dicate the therapeutic approaches utilized or the number of sessions that are conducted instead of the trained mental health professional making those decisions with their client.
  • Insurance pays for illness--If you use insurance benefits, they will require me to make a diagnosis in order to pay for service. Insurance pays to treat illness. If there is no illness, there is no need for treatment. That is how insurance views it, at least. In the real world, we know that there are often times when a little extra help is needed. This does not, however, mean that there is necessarily a mental illness present