Common Questions

Do you accept insurance?

Dr. Bryson is an “out-of-network” provider for all insurance plans.  You may well qualify for insurance reimbursement, but the percentage will be less than if you see an “in-network” provider (who has contracted with the insurance company to accept a low fee for services).  As a courtesy, our office will submit insurance claims for you.

If you have a PPO plan and wish to file for insurance, it is strongly recommended that you contact your insurance carrier and obtain answers to the following questions:

  • Is it necessary to get prior authorization to be seen for outpatient psychotherapy?
  • Can I see an “out-of-network” psychologist and be reimbursed?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?*
  • What is my co-pay?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

Note, some individuals prefer to pay for psychotherapy out-of-pocket even if insurance reimbursement if feasible. Insurance claims require a diagnosis and sometimes additional clinical information.  These records are kept securely and are confidentially by our office and HIPPA requirements,  but we can make no claim regarding the later use or future storage of these records by insurance companies.  For some individuals, guaranteeing privacy by keeping mental health information out of one’s medical records is worth it.

* You may need the CPT codes we use and our service prices, to obtain answers to these questions.

How does payment work for psychotherapy?

Payment for psychotherapy is typically due at the time of your appointment.  This is the case if you are paying out-of-pocket or seeking reinsurance reimbursement.  This can be discussed further in initial sessions.  Once regular treatment is established, arrangements may be made for monthly billing, if you prefer.

Missed appointments not cancelled 24 hours ahead of time are billed in full.

Check, cash or Venmo are the regularly accepted forms of payment.  PayPal and credit cards may be used for first appointments or when mutually agreed upon.  There is a secure PayPal link on this website.  You do not need a PayPal account to use this service, and PayPal accepts all major credit cards.

Do you offer a free consultation?

A no-charge 15 minute telephone or in-person consultation can be arranged to answer questions and determine if we are an appropriate resource for you to seek treatment. Most important is your finding a therapist that is most suitable for you and your problem.

What do I need to do before the first appointment?

Complete all necessary paperwork (see Forms section) and email, fax or mail them before the first appointment. Upon arrival at the office announce your presence by pushing the button next to Dr. Bryson’s name, and then taking a seat in the waiting room.

How long is a psychotherapy session?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length. The last 10 minutes of the hour allows your therapist to take notes, pick up phone messages, and prepare for the next appointment.  Before the end of your session, you and your therapist will discuss when to schedule your next visit.  The therapist will try to end sessions on time in order to avoid unnecessary delays for you and other patients. It is best to be on time for your appointment since if you are late, it may not be possible to run beyond the scheduled time.

What if I need to cancel or change an appointment?

If you need to reschedule an appointment, please provide 24 hours notice so that another patient can be scheduled in your place. In the absence of 24 hours advance notice, a full charge will be made for the missed session. We will make an exception to the 24 hour notice policy if we are able to schedule another patient or if you have a medical emergency. Note that insurance will not reimburse for cancelled appointments.

What if I have an emergency in between sessions?

If you have a very serious difficulty in your life that leaves you feeling suicidal or helpless, by all means contact Dr. Bryson’s office. For brief calls, of course, no charge will be made. If you require a longer call, a charge will be made, depending on the length of the telephone therapy session. Please note the office voice mail is checked regularly during office hours and on a more limited basis during other times. If you are unable to reach us in a timely manner, go to your nearest emergency room.

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Forensic Related Inquiries

How does payment work for forensic related matters?

We offer a range of specialized services related to family law issues, including child custody evaluations, mediation and consultations. Fees are dependent upon services. In many cases we require a deposit or payment in advance so there is no conflict or confusion that interferes with the evaluation or the service provided. One option for advance deposits is the secure PayPal link on this website. You do not need a PayPal account to use the service, and PayPal accepts all major credit cards. Please note, there is a charge for any appointment cancelled without 24 hours notification.

Can I talk to the mediator or evaluator prior to setting up an appointment?

To avoid the appearance of bias toward one side or the other, we will not speak to either party about any substantive issues prior to a contact for service. If a consultation is necessary to assess suitability in setting up a mediation generally a 15 minute conference call will be arranged with both parents or both of the attorneys representing them. In the case of a child custody evaluation, any necessary initial consultation will be with the both attorneys only.

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