Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2021-06-12T12:56:06-04:00
What services do you offer?2021-06-11T20:27:07-04:00

I provide individual psychotherapy, and work with a variety of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family conflict, trauma, abuse, illness, cancer, grief, and loss. At the moment, I provide both in-person and telehealth sessions.

What populations do you work with?2021-04-13T20:05:14-04:00

I see adolescents (14+), emerging adults, and adults.

What are your hours?2020-11-07T19:24:44-05:00
Do you accept insurance?2020-08-26T20:03:52-04:00

I am currently paneled with CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Johns Hopkins EHP insurances. For all other insurances, I am an “out-of-network” provider.

What is your fee?2022-01-09T21:07:40-05:00

My rate is $205 for the initial intake session, and $160 for subsequent individual psychotherapy sessions.

Do you offer a sliding scale?2017-10-03T04:36:27-04:00

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

When are payments due?2019-09-05T11:55:03-04:00

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.

What is your late payment policy?2020-08-12T19:39:26-04:00

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.

What forms of payment do you accept?2019-11-23T13:54:45-05:00

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.

Who should I make a check out to?2014-09-25T15:14:31-04:00

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

How do I make an online payment?2020-12-19T14:39:56-05:00

Payments can be made online using a credit or debit card. Click here to view a 60-second video demonstrating the online payment process. 

Is it safe to make an online payment?2020-08-12T19:39:26-04:00

This website uses industry-standard security techniques to secure online payment. Payment processing is outsourced to Stripe.com, a trusted and secure online payment company. More information is provided on the Security Details page.

How do I cancel a session?2014-09-25T15:15:00-04:00

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

What should I do if I am experiencing an emergency or a crisis?2020-09-07T22:45:13-04:00
What is a Psy.D.?2020-11-07T19:24:33-05:00

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. I have a Psy.D. degree.

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