What You Need to Know
I have offices in Louisville, Lexington, and Shelbyville. I will give you forms to help you get money back from your insurance company, as I am an out of network provider. To find out if seeing me will be covered by your health insurance, you will need to call the number on the back of your insurance card. (There may be a separate number for “mental health benefits”.) Tell them:
“I have been advised to seek psychotherapy for some personal problems I am having.” (They may ask you what these problems are, whether you’re on medication, have had counseling before for this, how you’re sleeping, eating, energy, etc.) “I want to see Dr. Paul Schmidt, a state licensed Ph.D. psychologist, because” (why you picked me). “Dr. Schmidt is an out-of-network provider, who requires his fee of $160 per hour be paid at the time of service. I want to know what reimbursement I could receive from you to help me recover the fees I pay to him.”
“Can you pre-certify me (us) for five sessions?” (You may ask for ten if you prefer.)
They may want to know some of the following information about me:
My KY license is # 128281 (“Health Service Provider” by the Board of Psychology).
My NPI (National Provider ID #) is 153 839 6395.
I will remain out of network. I do not belong to any panels of discounted providers for reasons I have explained in a hand-out entitled Why Beware of Managed Care?, available upon request.
Why $160 per Session here is a Good Bargain
Most policies have a $500 deductible which you pay per person per year for counseling. Spend that with me for three sessions and you’ll have not only a workable game plan for turning your life around, but you’ll have discovered the desire and motivation to carry it out. In three sessions, you’ll receive from me a lot of healing, encouragement, and practical guidance in the form of homework.
80% of what my clients get out of seeing should happen outside my office. I give homework systematically from hundreds of reading and activity assignments I have on file, most of which I have personally written. I have organized them into groups of assignments that research has proven work best in the order they are given. Clients who do their homework faithfully soon understand and experience new resolutions for their problems. This approach gets to the bottom of things quickly, and I give feedback, encouragement, and direction sooner than the average counselor. Unlike most counselors, my goal from the start is to graduate you from regularly scheduled sessions in my office, and turn you over to the healthy, healing forces I will have helped you find in new habits, in your own community of family, friends, church, support groups, books and tapes, and if you wish, in a revitalized relationship with your Maker. That’s a bargain at twice the price. And it’s way more than your managed care counselor will give you, which is explained in Why Beware of Managed Care?
My fee of $160 reflects an increase of 2% a year over my last price increase to $150 over four years prior to this one. I know that I am doing the best work of my life at this point, so I am confident I am giving my clients more than ever for their money.