The right change at the right time

Susan Tesch, MS, LMFT | Psychotherapy & Counseling

Susan Tesch, MS, LMFT | Psychotherapy & Counseling


fees & insurance

My rate for a 50-minute session is $120, regardless of whether I am working with an individual, a couple, or a family.

Beginning in 2014, I left all insurance panels, so if you do choose to work with me, you’ll have to pay me directly. However, I’ll provide you with an itemized statement at the end of each month, which you can use if you’d like to pursue out-of-network benefits.

My fee is somewhat lower than somebody with my years of experience would normally charge, but as I don’t accept insurance, I’ve happily made the decision to keep my fee lower.  Insurance companies have become very intrusive and often ask for detailed and continuous proof that the therapy is “medically necessary.” Based on my discomfort with this continuous intrusion, and due to my concerns for the client’s welfare as well, I decided to go off of all insurance panels. This makes me an “out-of-network” provider, and your financial responsibility for therapy will likely be somewhat higher than if I were “in-network.” However, because my fee is lower than what many therapists with my years of experience charge, the difference may not be so significant.

For further information on my philosophy about leaving insurance panels, check out my blog post about it.

If you feel a connection with what you’ve seen on this website, there’s a good chance that we’ll connect well in session. That connection is probably the biggest determinant of  a successful psychotherapy, and from my experience, is worth far more than dollars of difference. If you’d like to work with me but want to use your insurance, I encourage you to call your insurance company and ask them directly what the difference between in-network and out-of-network benefits would be.