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 am currently applying to be credentialed with several insurance companies. For the moment, I am an “out-of-network” provider, meaning that I do not directly accept any forms of insurance. However, I will provide you with detailed receipts including all of the necessary information if you choose to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Questions to ask your insurance company about your mental health benefits:
- Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
- What amount will I be reimbursed for an individual 50 minute therapy session (CPT Code 90834) at a fee of $150?
- Do I need to meet a deductible each year before I can begin to receive reimbursement for sessions?
- What is my session limit?
- Is pre-authorization required and if so, what documentation is necessary? Does my provider need to fill out a specific form?
My rate is $200 for the initial intake session (90 minutes) and $150 for subsequent individual psychotherapy sessions (50 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:
Please cancel all sessions by phone. Any session not cancelled with at least 24 hours advanced notice will be charged.
In the event of an emergency, do not contact me. Instead, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
If you are a client of mine and are experiencing a crisis, feel free to call me. Please note, however, that I am often not immediately available by telephone. For example, when I am in session with a patient, my phone will be turned off and calls will go directly to voicemail. In this case, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Same-day brief phone sessions (5-10 minutes) can usually be arranged, aimed at managing distressing emotions. If more time is needed, I can usually get clients in to be seen on the next business day. My policy is to take and respond to calls only between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Messages left on my voicemail after hours will be responded to first thing in the morning. If a more urgent response is needed, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room and ask for the psychologist or psychiatrist on call, or use one of the following 24-hour crisis resources:
- Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.: 410-433-5175
- Baltimore County Crisis Hotline for Emergency Mental Health: 410-931-2214
- National Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
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.