Asbury Park Psychotherapy Associates
Mimi da Silva, Ph.D., L.P.C., A.C.S.
Hours are by appointment only. Generally speaking, appointments are once a week for optimal therapeutic advantage. Occasionally, appointments might occur twice per week; sometimes, appointments occur every other week. Evening appointments are not always available, although I will always do my best to accommodate your schedule.
Sessions are 50-55 minutes in length. My fee is $150 per session. Sessions start on time; if you arrive late, your session will still end on time. This means, if your appointment is scheduled for 1:00 and you arrive at 1:15, your session will end at 1:50 or 1:55. However, if our session starts late because I was running behind schedule, your session end time will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if your appointment is scheduled for 1:00 and because I am delayed for some reason and we don’t start until 1:15, your session would end at 2:05 or 2:10.
I do not take telephone calls during session except in extremely rare circumstances. If your session is interrupted by a telephone call that is not related to your treatment, the length of your session will be extended accordingly. In the vast majority of cases, telephone calls are answered by voice mail. I make every effort to return calls in a timely manner – within 24 hours, and most commonly within a few hours. However, please know that I do not return calls after 9:00 at night or on weekends. In an emergency, call 911 or present yourself to the nearest emergency room.
I do not participate in any insurance plans or networks. I expect payment at the time service is rendered; I will give you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company with all of the information they will need to process your claim. Then, your insurance company will reimburse you directly, assuming that your policy covers out-patient psychotherapy with an out-of-network provider. I strongly encourage you to contact your insurance carrier to determine what your out-of-network, outpatient psychotherapy benefits are before treatment begins. I cannot guarantee that your insurance company will cover my services.
A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel or reschedule an appointment. It is customary for many practitioners to hold clients responsible for the complete cost of the session when shorter notice is given or if an appointment is failed. While I do understand that unanticipated situations can occur, sessions cancelled on short notice or failed not only mean unfilled time for me, but may also mean that someone who could have used the time-slot was not able to do so. As a result, you will be charged the full fee for your late cancelled/failed appointment unless I am able to fill the time slot with another appointment. Insurance companies do not ordinarily reimburse for missed appointments.
Information related to your treatment is confidential, and cannot be released to outside agencies unless specifically authorized by you. However, there are some exceptions to the confidentiality guidelines, in that I am required to break confidentiality if I believe that you are an imminent danger to yourself or others, or if I suspect abuse of a child, an elderly person or an individual who otherwise cannot advocate for themselves. If there are legal or litigation issues, your records may be subpoenaed. Also, your insurance company may have some limited access to your information. A HIPAA handout will be given to you and discussed at the time of your first appointment which will provide more detailed information regarding your right to confidentiality.
Psychotherapy is a joint effort. I am responsible for providing you with appropriate psychological interventions and information to address your presenting problem(s). You are responsible for making your best effort to follow-through with treatment recommendations. Your active participation is a major factor affecting eventual treatment outcomes. I pledge to be present to you during our sessions, and to give you my best during every appointment.