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 Glenn Bigonet, M.A.

Mental Health Counselor

Certified EFT Couples Therapist

 

617-462-6642

gbigonet@icloud.com

           

 

How to Start, Fees & Policies

 

How to start

The first step is to give me a call to set-up your free initial consultation.  This no obligation 50 minute session gives us a chance to meet to decide if I am the best match for you as a counselor.  Entering counseling is a very personal matter and different people benefit most from different styles and techniques of counseling.  Until we meet it is impossible to know if I will be right for you.   If either of us feel that we are not a good match, I will be happy to refer you to other counselors or provide you with information on how to find someone who is right for you.

I am also happy to have an initial conversation with you via email or on the phone to answer any questions you may have before setting up the initial meeting. 

To make the initial meeting more efficient feel free to download the appropriate forms below and bring them with you so you don't have to fill them out in my office.  Or you can just fill them out there.  Whatever works best for you.

Intake Forms

For information on my fees and policies feel free to download the following intake forms:

Fees & Policies

I charge $140 for each 50 minute session and $180 for a 75 minute session.  For sessions with more than one person I recommend the 75 minute session.  There is a $40 charge for each additional 15 minute increment.  Hypnotherapy sessions typically take a minimum of 90 minutes for which I charge $220.  Payments are due at the end of each session.  I accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

I do not bill any insurance companies.  If the fee seems unmanageable we can discuss the possibility of a reduced rate.

What Happens at the Initial Consultation? Why is it Free?

I offer each new client a free initial consultation. These 50 minute sessions at my office are an opportunity for you meet me and to get a feel of whether I am a good fit for you. Multiple research studies on the effectiveness of different techniques have come to the same conclusion. The techniques used are not important. What is most important is that the client feels comfortable with the therapist. Different people resonate with different types of therapists. If at the end of the initial consultation if you are not feeling I am a good fit for you I will be happy to give you the names of other well qualified therapists.

I offer these for free because it has never felt right to me to charge someone for their time to determine if they'd like to work with me.

Why I don't Accept Insurance

There are several reasons why I don't take insurance. One of the most important to me is that when clinicians take insurance they are required to give you a psychiatric diagnosis that becomes a permanent part of you medical history. They then need to justify continued treatment by proving medical necessity for your therapy (ie. I need to document that you are sick in some way). This practice goes directly against how I see most psychological issues. All diagnoses in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) are normal human behaviors taken to an unhealthy extreme. There is not a person on earth that doesn't take some behavior to an extreme in their life. I do not see people as sick or broken like the insurance companies insist people be listed as; I see people doing their best to deal with life's challenges. Most of the time people are able to learn to overcome their issues when given the right help. The same way we learn a new trade or skill in life. Is someone broken or sick because they don't know how to change the oil in their car? I don't see much of a difference in most clients and for those who do have biological causes to their problems I believe they deserve to be treated as human beings and not as diagnoses or fundamentally flawed.

Many clients also don't know that they lose a certain level of confidentiality when they use their insurance. Insurance companies have a right to audit a therapist's records and read client files to verify work being paid for is being done. There is good reason for this but it also means strangers could possibly be reading about the most private aspects of your life.

On a more personal note, I am not a fan of the extensive paperwork required for insurance. I feel it takes away from my time and energy that I could be using on helping more clients. This is one reason why I provide a sliding scale to clients who would experience an undue financial burden by paying out of pocket. I can see more clients each week without having to do the extra paperwork so I have time to see some clients at a reduced fee.

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