980-221-2113

903 Northeast Drive, #102

Davidson, NC 28036

Providing therapy and psychological evaluations to Lake Norman and the surrounding areas

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Please note that this website content does not automatically engage you in a therapeutic relationship with Dr. Atkinson or Balanced Mind Psychological Services PLLC.  The information provided on this website is also simply providing general information and is not intended as treatment. 

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FAQS

WHAT IS YOUR FEE SCHEDULE?

Intake Assessment, 60 minutes, $175
Individual Session, 45 minutes, $125
Individual Session, 60 minutes, $150

Individual Session, 90 minutes, $175
Couples Assessment, 90 minutes, $195
Couples Session, 60 minutes, $150

Fees are to be collected at the time of service.

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

Currently I accept some BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina plans.  For all other plans I am considered an out of network provider.  If I do not accept your insurance plan, after every few sessions, you will be issued (upon request) an insurance ready billing statement that depicts a $0 balance to the provider, since you will have paid after every session. You may submit the bill to your insurance carrier in an effort to be credited or reimbursed for the expenses or part of the expenses. If your insurance carrier reimburses for services, they will reimburse you directly since you will have already paid me for the service. Some people find an app helpful in submitting out of network claims, like better claims or reimbursify (please note I am not endorsing or recommending either). Some insurance companies will also allow you to use HSA or FSA funds to pay for services. 

While not an extensive list, below are some questions you may want to ask your insurance company to help you better understand your coverage.  

  • Can I see a provider who is out of network?

  • Does the amount paid by my insurance company depend on whether I see a professional who is "in their network or preferred provider list" or "outside the network"? If so, what is the difference in the amount paid or percent reimbursement for "in network" vs. "out of network" providers?

  • What are the limits of my coverage either in dollar amount and/or number of sessions?

  • What is my deductable for mental health benefits?

  • Do I need pre-approval to see a mental health professional? 

  • Do I need a referral from my PCP?  

  • What is my co-pay? 

While there are certainly financial benefits to using insurance to pay for therapy, there are also benefits in paying for therapy yourself.  The majority of insurance companies require a diagnosis from the DSM-5.  Many difficulties people seek therapy for do not meet criteria for a diagnosis, like relationship difficulties, personal growth, and parenting issues to name a few.  Insurance companies also typically have a set number of sessions you can attend and will only pay for a portion of services.  With self-pay, you and your therapist will have complete control over the frequency of sessions and you can choose to participate in therapy as long as you are receiving benefit.   Another benefit is that you will be able to maintain privacy and your treatment will not become a part of your health records. 

CAN YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?

I am a psychologist and cannot prescribe medication. However, if you choose to work with me in therapy, I am happy to help get you connected with a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication if you believe it would be helpful for you.

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY?

Overall, I look at cases with an integrative approach, which means I use a variety of theories and techniques, which individually and combined provide help to people with a broad range of struggles.  However, Cognitive-Behavioral and Humanistic theories most characterize my therapeutic work. Cognitive-Behavioral theory has a great deal of support in the research and is helpful with a broad range of struggles. Looking at unhelpful thoughts and behaviors provides a solid foundation for change. This approach gives clients new skills, providing a concrete way to change their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Authenticity, empathy, acceptance, and warmth are all vital parts of the therapeutic process and relationship. These core and underlying principles create a safe environment in which change becomes possible and draws out the strengths and unique personhood of clients. Both of these theories are flexible, allowing room for the integration of other theoretical orientations. In addition, they create hope and provide practical skills.

DOES THERAPY HELP? 

Research has consistently shown that therapy can be helpful.  Another consistent finding speaks to the importance of the therapy relationship. It is important to find a therapist you feel is a good fit for you and with whom you feel generally comfortable.  How long therapy lasts can vary greatly. For some people they may meet their goals in a few weeks, for others it could be much longer process. Therapy is an investment of your time, effort, and money.  I take this seriously and strive to stay current on the research and use treatments and approaches that research has shown to be effective.  As a general rule, it is my goal to put myself out of job with each person I work with. However, please note that I cannot guarantee outcomes. 

IS THERAPY WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

Some people also wonder if therapy is worth the investment of their time, energy, and money.  Therapy is hard work and is a commitment to your health.  However, not engaging in therapy may also have a cost: financially, emotionally, and/or socially. It may be helpful to consider what the cost may be if you do not get the help you need or make positive changes.   Many issues people struggle with can negatively impact their family, friendships, career, and physical health.   Alternatively, it is also helpful to think about what you may stand to gain from therapy. Some possibilities may include improved relationships, a stronger sense of self, improved ability to cope with difficult emotions, and improved health. 

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance by leaving a voice-mail at 980-221-2113 or cancelling through Therapy Appointment. Cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment and "no-shows" will incur a charge. Each client will be given two times per year the fee for cancellation within 24 hours can be waived at the practice’s discretion and can be used for situations like sudden illness or family emergencies.

DO YOU OFFER TELEMENTAL HEALTH?

Telemental health services are available through doxy.me, a platform which conforms to HIPAA privacy guidelines.  To be eligible, you first need to attend an intake in the office and then if clinical appropriately we can do telemental health appointments.  Research has found satisfaction rates to be similar to in-person services.  Due to state laws, I am only able to provide services to individuals located in NC, as this is where I hold my license. 

 
ARE THERE BENEFITS TO SELF-PAY?