Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions from new and existing clients:

I offer short-term and long-term individual psychotherapy.

I specialize in treating adolescents, emerging adults, and adults.

My current schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

I was just recently added to the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield network. For more information about how to use your CareFirst insurance, click here.

For all other insurances, I remain an “out-of-network” provider. I provide all clients with detailed receipts at the end of each month, and these include all of the information needed to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Questions to ask your insurance company about your out-of-network mental health benefits:

  • Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
  • What amount will I be reimbursed for a 55-minute individual psychotherapy session (CPT Code 90837) at a fee of $150?
  • Do I need to meet a deductible each year before I can begin to receive reimbursement for sessions?
  • Do I have a session limit?
  • Is pre-authorization required? If so, what documentation is necessary? Does my provider need to fill out specific forms?

My rate is $200 for the initial intake session (90 minutes) and $150 for subsequent individual psychotherapy sessions (55 minutes).

I am able to offer a sliding scale to a limited number of individuals. These individuals must be able to demonstrate financial need.

Clients will receive a statement at the end of each month. All payments are due by the last day of the following month. For example, a statement for February sessions would be due in full by March 31.

Clients will receive a bill at the end of each month, with payment due in full by the last day of the following month. For example, a statement for February sessions would be due in full by March 31. Customers with outstanding balances past the due date will be charged a 5% late fee. Fees not paid within 60 days will incur a late fee of 2% per month. At 60 days past due, if your balance has not been paid, legal means may be used to secure payment. This may involve hiring a collection agency or going through small claims court. If legal action is necessary, its costs will be included in the claim. In most collection situations, the only information released regarding a clients’s treatment is their name, the nature of services provided, and the amount due. No alternate payment arrangements are acceptable without my agreement.

Payment can be made with a credit or debit card online. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club cards are accepted. Payment will also be accepted in the form of cash, checks, and money orders. Cash should not be sent through standard mail.

Kindly make all checks and money orders payable to: Doug Girard, Psy.D.

Payments can be made online using a credit or debit card. Here is a 60-second video demonstrating the online payment process:

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Please fill out and bring in a Client Information Form. Please also familiarize yourself with the Informed Consent Agreement prior to the first session. We will go over this during the meeting.

Please cancel all sessions by phone. Any session not cancelled with at least 24 hours advanced notice will be charged.

In the field of clinical psychology there are two doctoral degrees. The first is a Ph.D., which stands for Doctor of Philosophy. This degree is typically given out to graduates who have specialized in research. The second is a Psy.D., or Doctor of Psychology. This degree is typically given to graduates who have specialized in practice.

My psychologist license number in the state of Maryland is: 05517