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  • Your Guide to Paying for Therapy

    Investing in your mental health through therapy is one of the best decisions you can make, but figuring out how to pay for it can sometimes feel overwhelming. At Crossland Counseling PLLC, we want to make this process as clear and straightforward as possible. In this guide, we’ll explore various ways to pay for therapy, including insurance options for in-network and out-of-network care, paying out of pocket, and utilizing employee assistance programs (EAPs). We’ll also explain how you can get reimbursed for out-of-network therapy.

    Insurance for In-Network Care

    If your therapist is in-network with your insurance plan, it means they have a contract with your insurance company to provide services at a negotiated rate. Using in-network providers can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket costs.


    • Lower copayments and coinsurance
    • Lower overall costs due to negotiated rates
    • Streamlined billing process, as the therapist handles most of the paperwork

    How It Works:

    1. Verify Coverage: Check with your insurance company to confirm that your therapist is in-network and to understand your benefits, including copayments, deductibles, and session limits.
    2. Attend Sessions: Pay your copayment or coinsurance at each session.
    3. Insurance Billing: Your therapist will bill your insurance company directly for the remaining balance.

    Insurance for Out-of-Network Care

    If your therapist is not in-network, you can still use your insurance, but the process and costs differ. Out-of-network care typically involves higher out-of-pocket expenses and more paperwork.


    • More flexibility in choosing a therapist
    • Partial reimbursement of therapy costs

    How It Works:

    1. Verify Coverage: Contact your insurance company to understand your out-of-network benefits, including reimbursement rates, deductibles, and session limits.
    2. Pay Upfront: You will typically pay the full session fee at the time of service.
    3. Submit Claims: Obtain a detailed invoice from your therapist and submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.

    How Do You Get Reimbursed for Out-of-Network Therapy?

    Getting reimbursed for out-of-network therapy involves several steps:

    1. Request an Invoice: Ask your therapist for a “superbill,” which is a detailed invoice containing all the necessary information for insurance claims, including provider details, session dates, and CPT codes.
    2. Fill Out a Claim Form: Obtain a claim form from your insurance company, which you will need to fill out with information from the superbill.
    3. Submit the Claim: Send the completed claim form and superbill to your insurance company. This can often be done online through your insurance provider’s portal.
    4. Receive Reimbursement: Once your claim is processed, your insurance company will reimburse you for a portion of the therapy costs, based on your out-of-network benefits.

    Paying Out of Pocket

    Paying out of pocket means you are covering the full cost of therapy without using insurance. While this can be more expensive, it offers several advantages:


    • Greater privacy, as insurance companies are not involved
    • No limitations on the number of sessions or types of therapy
    • Freedom to choose any therapist without worrying about insurance networks

    How It Works:

    1. Negotiate Rates: Some therapists offer sliding scale fees based on your income or financial situation. Don’t hesitate to ask if this is available.
    2. Payment: Pay the agreed-upon fee directly to your therapist at each session.

    Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

    Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are benefits offered by many employers to support their employees’ mental health and well-being. EAPs typically provide a limited number of free counseling sessions.


    • Free or low-cost counseling sessions
    • Confidential support for a variety of personal and work-related issues
    • Easy access through your employer

    How It Works:

    1. Check Availability: Contact your HR department or benefits administrator to see if your employer offers an EAP.
    2. Get a Referral: EAPs often require a referral process. Your HR department can guide you through this.
    3. Attend Sessions: Utilize the free or low-cost sessions provided. If you need additional sessions beyond what the EAP covers, discuss further options with your therapist.


    Paying for therapy can seem complex, but understanding your options can make it easier to navigate. Whether you’re using insurance for in-network or out-of-network care, paying out of pocket, or utilizing an employee assistance program, there are ways to manage the costs and ensure you get the support you need.

    At Crossland Counseling PLLC, we are committed to helping you find the best payment options for your situation. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.


    • Paying for Therapy
    • In-Network Insurance
    • Out-of-Network Reimbursement
    • Out of Pocket Therapy Costs
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    • Mental Health Insurance

    Understanding how to pay for therapy can help you make informed decisions about your mental health care. Remember, investing in your well-being is one of the most important steps you can take for a healthier, happier life.