Q: Do you bill insurance?

A: Our clinicians are in-network with a variety of insurance plans. However, not all clinicians are in-network with each plan listed below. When you contact us, we will ask for your insurance plan and connect you with an in-network clinician within our practice or refer you accordingly. We do leave it up to each client to verify their own insurance plan benefits as each plan varies widely. Please call customer service on the back of your insurance card to verify whether your specific plan covers any portion of the cost of outpatient mental health therapy. You will want to verify whether you have a deductible, copays or coinsurance, and the amount(s) that you are responsible for. We will bill your insurance plan and charge you accordingly.

Most of our clinicians are in-network with the following plans:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (all states)
  • Forest County Potowatomi (FCPC- Grand Traverse Band)
  • First Health
  • McLaren Commercial Insurance

Some of our clinicians are in-network with the following plans:

  • Blue Care Network

Q: Do you bill Medicare or Medicaid?

A: We are no longer accepting new clients with Medicare or Medicaid Health Plans

Q: What if I don't have insurance or do not wish to use my insurance?

A: The fee for a Clinical Assessment appointment is $180.00. We typically schedule 1-2 Clinical Assessment Sessions depending on the complexity of your needs. These sessions are 55-60 minutes.  The fee for standard ongoing clinical therapy sessions lasting 55 minutes is $150.00. If you have insurance that we are in network with, but prefer not to use it, we will need you to sign and insurance opt-out form.

Q: Are there any services that you do not bill insurance for?

A: Yes. We do not bill insurance for Gottman Method Couples therapy or Intensive Ego State and EMDR therapy.

Q: Why don't you bill insurance for Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

A: Billing insurance requires that there is an identified client who qualifies for a mental health diagnosis. In the case of couples therapy, billing insurance would necessitate one partner meeting criteria for a diagnosis and the focus of therapy would be that partner's diagnosis and affiliated needs with the second partner participating to help support the diagnosed partner's coping and recovery. Gottman Method Couples Therapy is focused on needs such as increasing closeness and friendship behaviors, addressing conflict productively and building a life of shared meaning together. There is no diagnosing of either partner.

Q. Is there any circumstance under which you would bill insurance for couples therapy?

A: We have one clinician who occasionally meets with couples for 50 minute family therapy sessions which may be able to be billed to insurance depending on the specific circumstances and goals of therapy. If you desire family therapy focused on one partner's mental health needs, it would be best to schedule a consultation.

Q: How much does Gottman Method Couples Therapy cost?

A: Gottman Method Couples Therapy consists of mostly 90-minute conjoint therapy sessions with you and your partner. Additionally, you will each participate in one individual session lasting 60 minutes. The conjoint session fee is $215.00 and the individual session fee is $150.00.

Q: How much does Intensive Ego State and EMDR Therapy cost?

A: Please refer to the Intensive Ego State and EMDR Therapy page for cost information

Q: Counseling has not helped me in the past. Why should I try again?

A: Studies show that the number 1 predictor of successful client outcomes has to do with the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. Unfortunately, sometimes the fit is just not right, which sadly leaves clients feeling like the only option is to give up. At The Nurturing Space  Counseling we make every effort on the front end to appropriately match clients and therapists based on the client's needs and the therapist's skill set. However, goodness of fit cannot always be completely determined in advance. If you take the risk of meeting with one of our clinicians and find then not to be a good fit, we encourage you to talk with your therapist or reach out to Melanie Villanueva, the practice owner. W believe that appropriate help is available for everyone and more than anything, all of us at The Nurturing Space Counseling want you to receive the help that you need, even if that means providing you with a referral to our trusted network of colleagues.

Do you have a question that was not answered here? Please contact us and we will respond by email or schedule a consultation call!