Rates for Services
Individual Counseling and Couples Counseling | Columbia, Mo
How much does counseling cost?
Rates for individual counseling sessions vary based on which of our team you decide to work with (lots of great choices there). Ultimately, our rates vary from $40-$125 for a 55-minute session (a "therapeutic hour"). One exception to this is the first session. The first session is double the cost of your agreed-upon rate.
The therapeutic hour is less than one solid hour to account for updating notes, a bathroom break here and there, and preparing for future clients.
Why is there such a range with your rates?
That's a great question. Short answer is that we have clinicians with varying levels of licensure status, experience, and training, and the rates each counselor offers is reflective of those things. You can read more about our team to get a feel for who you'd want to work with, and you can also email our Client Liaison with questions regarding fees for counselors.
Why does the first session cost more?
There's a few reasons that are intertwined. First and foremost, it takes more time and effort to get new clients set up with the client portal and new forms.
Secondly (and related to the first point) is that there are backend costs.
The third and final reason is that your counselor spends time before your first session prepping to work with you. Ultimately, the first session really takes about two hours - one of those hours is all behind the scenes work, and the other is full engaged, face-to-face work.
Do you accept insurance?
As of right now, The Counseling Hub does not accept insurance as an in-network provider. We do, however, provide out-of-network reimbursement, which is also referred to as a superbill. These superbills are really just a bill for services you've received and paid for. They have all of the information that your insurance company will need to consider reimbursing you for said services. The Counseling Hub, however, doesn't have any control over whether or not you are eligible for reimbursement. If you do have insurance, you can call your insurance company and ask if they reimburse for out-of-network providers. If so, then I can provide you with the proper paperwork for insurance reimbursement.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
The Counseling Hub offers sliding scale rates for individual counseling that are based on gross annual household income. To be fair, we require proof of income prior to the first session. We offer sliding scales for individual counseling upon request. Please make sure to ask when you contact us for setting up your first session. We do not currently offer sliding scales for couples counseling.
What's Open Path?
If you don't have insurance, don't want to think about superbills, and don't want to ask about a sliding scale, then you should head over to Open Path. It's a one-time fee to join, but then you get to choose a counselor in your area at a reduced rate. It's user friendly and just another option for you.