Fancy Bird NestMy office is quiet, peaceful and exceptionally private - it's located in my home. While it's not unusual for psychologists to have an office in their home, many folks are not aware of this as the cultural image of a psychotherapy office tends to be more formal, business-like, even stuffy... However, there are some clear advantages to this arrangement: It's private - you won't run into a friend or business colleague in the waiting room. It's quiet and comfortable - no distracting voices from adjacent offices; you can relax, have a cup of tea, drop into your deep stillness... relax completely and get some deep work done...

 

I am conveniently located at 535 Forum Avenue, 40214 - one mile south of the Watterson (I-264) and one-half mile north of Iroquois Park (Taylor Blvd and New Cut Road) just off Southern Parkway. If you're coming from 264, you'll take Southern Parkway south for one mile. On your left, you'll pass Tenny, then Kingston and then a short block down is Forum also on your left. If you're coming north from the park, you'll pass Dale then School Way on your right, Forum will be next, also on your right. It's the seventh house on the left, red brick front, two large Magnolias. You can park in the driveway or there is safe street parking directly in front and on either side of the house. Get directions from Google Maps.

 

Internet Conferencing: Of course, with the internet, "my office" is as convenient as your computer or moble device anywhere in the world. I use Zoom for these meetings, a stable and secure (HIPPA approved) video conferencing program that's free for you. I'll send you an "invitation" the day before our pre-arranged meeting and you'll click on a hyperlink (computer) or download a free app (smart phone) to join the call. I am also able to meet with couples or professional colleagues in separate locations. Many of my clients find this a useful option especially if they are traveling, moved out of the area, or are otherwise unable to attend meetings in person (e.g., homebound). I've been consistently impressed with the clearity and comfort of the interpersonal connection and by the level of work that is possible on Zoom calls.

 

Fees: I have always managed my professional practice, whether psychotherapy, life coaching, or mindfulness trainings, by having a “sliding fee scale” - always making room in my circle for those who have few financial resources. Over the years it has always worked out for everyone - those who were more financially comfortable paid more so that those with less could participate. In this spirit of mutual sharing and personal responsibility, all can benefit from the power of mindfulness and the healing and growth opportunities of psychotherapy and life coaching. I continue to follow this tradition. I trust my clients to reflect upon their financial situation and to set a fee that they are comfortable with now, knowing that it can be adjusted (up or down) should their situation change.

 

My fee structure provides a range of payment for my professional time from $150 down to $100 an hour. I have provisions for half-hour sessions for iternet/cell coaching or brief psychotherapy consultation as well as a payment plan for anyone who might need it.

 

Couple's therapy and coaching: While the amount of energy required is generally greater when three people are engaged in the therapy or coaching process, I made the decision some years ago to keep my fees the same as for individual sessions. I find working with motivated couples rewarding - even after all these years, I'm still amazed by how a relationship can transform so deeply and so quickly when a couple brings a mindful perspective and a heart-felt commitment to our work together.

 

• 1 hour session $150 - $100 (on-going therapy or coaching if the preferred 90-minute session is out of reach)

• 1.5 hour session (preferred especially for the initial couple of sessions) $225 - $150

• 2 hour Saturday sessions are offered only at the $150 an hour rate. $300 total.

• Half-hour Zoom/cell (60%) $90 - $60

• Quarter-hour Zoom/cell (40%) $60 - $40

 

Emails                

Over the years, I have found that email communication is best when used only for administrative purposes such as scheduling appointments, for which there is no charge. I have found that emails do not work well in the interpersonal process of therapy or coaching as there is too much room for misunderstanding with too little room for clarification. I have been amazed by just how much time it can take to respond skillfully to a client’s email. Issues that could have been addressed in a quarter-hour phone or Zoom session can take many times longer and the results are almost never as clear nor as useful. Given this history, I have decided to no longer engage with therapy or coaching clients via email for anything other than basic administrative needs. If you find yourself in need of a brief consultation, give me a call 502 727 2996 or better yet, let's set up a Zoom face-to-face on-line meeting - we can do that via email :-)

 

Missed appointments and late cancellations:

Missing a scheduled psychotherapy or coaching session or canceling one without at least 24 hours notice will result in a bill for 1⁄2 of the normal fee for the length of session that had been scheduled. If I miss an appointment or have to cancel one with less than 24 hours notice, the charge for the next session will be reduced by half. To cancel a session with short notice (e.g. less than two days prior to a scheduled session), please don’t rely on email (which I may not see in time), please send a text to my cellphone or give me a call: 502 727 2996.

 

Payments can be made by Cash, Check, Credit Card OR Health Saving Account Card (i.e. Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover) through this PayPal link.

 

Payment Plan: If there is a need for a payment plan, I will work to establish one that fits the situation. This may include extending payments well beyond the end of our work together.

 

Insurance Questions:

 

I am not involved with any insurance companies as a "preferred provider" nor am I on any organization's "panel." Over the years I have found these types of relationships to be unsatisfactory on several levels, primarily in how it can negatively influence the working relationship I have with my clients while at the same time, greatly reducing the level of confidentiality (now and in the future). Further, the types of "issues of concern" typical of my clients don't fit within the "mental illnesses" covered by most insurance companies. So, the end result of jumping through their many hoops is often a denial of coverage.

 

• My sliding fee scale is designed to fit the needs of my clients for professional support while keeping our working relationship private and personal.

 

• My approach is generally short-term, perhaps three to six weekly or bi-weekly sessions followed by monthly or quarterly contact - not a major on-going expense. Considering these factors along with the charges associated with the common insurance coverage for "mental health" - the high deductibles and the co-pays, my fee adjusted to your needs, can certainly be the more reasonable option.

 

• Out-of-Network Provider: Assuming you meet the criteria for a "mental illness" severe enough to meet your insurance companie's requirements for coverage, I can provide you with a receipt that you can present to them as an "out-of-network" provider (if this a provision with your policy). This may at least allow you to apply your payments to your deductible if not receive some actual reimbursement. However, my experience with this process has not been encouraging but your situation may be different.

 

I am looking forward to working with you! If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a note or give me a call at 502 727 2996. Or, better yet, let's arrange a free 20 - 30 minute Zoom call so you can get a feel for me and a sense of how we would work together.

 

Blessings,

John