This Practice is not accepting New Patients
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I work with individual adults and couples of all ages. I do not work with children under the age of 18 years. (If you receive a referral for your minor child, please tell the referring entity that I do not see children and to refer you elsewhere.)
The first session will consist of an intake interview that complements and supplements the Biographical Information form that you will complete when you register. During that time I will take a brief history, and we will talk about what brings you to seek therapy, and what your goals are. If you have any questions, please write them down and bring them with you so we can discuss them.
My primary work and interest is in providing therapy that will benefit you. I do not perform assessments - educational, occupational, disability, support animal, etc. - for non-established or newer clients. Such assessments for well-established clients are considered on a case-by-case basis.
My major areas of interest include:
Grief and Loss
I am in the process of becoming credentialed for most major insurances. Please call me for more information. Let me know what insurance you have so I can make sure I have applied.
At this time, I take the following insurance:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas
Medicare Advantage PPO networks
I can also file Out-of-Network
I also take cash, checks, and credit cards - VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and HCAs. My fee for the Initial evaluation is $175, and for follow-up sessions, $150.
Even with insurance, some people prefer to pay out of pocket when more confidentiality is desired. Please call if this is something you're considering.
Before your appointment, call your insurance company for the following information:
Confirm that your mental health benefits are through your main carrier and that my practice (Martha Walch, Ph.D.) is in-network. Some major companies contract out behavioral health coverage or have subsidiaries that are not included in our contract with their insurance company. This would significantly affect the amount you're required to pay out of pocket.
Ask if you have a copay or coinsurance and what that amount would be. If you have a deductible, ask if it applies to mental health care. If so, ask what that amount is and how much you've already met. You will be required to pay the contracted rate, out of pocket, until your insurance deductible is met.
Ask if preauthorization is required (often an authorization number is involved), and if there is a limit to the number of covered sessions.
I will submit claims on your behalf, but I a not responsible if you do not contact your insurance company regarding your coverage before your appointment. Your coverage, or lack of coverage, is between you and your insurance company. I do not get involved beyond submitting claims on your behalf. If you disagree with your charges, please contact your insurance company.
I am pleased that you have decided to take this step toward achieving your goals, and leading a fuller, happier life.
Before registering, please do the following:
Please call your insurance company (the number is usually found on the back of your insurance card) to confirm that you have mental health benefits and whether or not a referral is required. You will also need to find out if you have a deductible and/or co-pay, if you require preauthorization, or if you have a limited number of covered sessions. Knowing these things ahead of time will help with treatment planning and assure uninterrupted services. More complete information can be found under the "Insurance Accepted" tab
Next, to register as a client, click on the web address below and you will be taken to the patient portal. There you can register and complete the necessary paperwork, paying close attention to your insurance information. Then complete the Biographical Information form. Once you have done this, you will receive an email with consent forms to complete and/or sign. Please read these carefully. When these have been completed, we can then discuss an appointment time that works for both of us, along with any other questions you might have.