Welcome to the Therapy Practice of Dr. Lucy Smith


Money Matters

How much do you charge? 

My standard fee for psychological services is $195 per 45/50-minute session.

Do you take insurance?
I am not "in-network" with any insurance  providers. Some individuals pay for services out of pocket, then submit a claim to their insurance provider for "out-of-network" coverage if they have such benefits. I provide each client with a monthly billing statement that contains the required documentation for such a submission. Please check with your insurance company for specifics regarding your out-of-network mental  health coverage.

When do I pay for services?
Payment is due at the time of service.

What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept either cash or check.

Do you charge for missed sessions?
I charge the regular fee for clients who miss a session or who cancel with less than 48-hours notice.

Treatment Related Questions

Does therapy work? How fast should I expect results?

Therapy is hard work and is truly a process -- it is hard to predict how quickly it will "work" or what specific effects it will have. So while there are no guarantees as to what you will or will not experience, many individuals experience beneficial results from therapy. Benefits include reduced stress and anxiety, improved self-esteem, better  relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.

Is therapy scary or uncomfortable?
Since therapy involves discussing unpleasant or difficult aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. It is normal for people to feel worse before they feel better. Typically therapy feels more comfortable over time as you become more familiar with the process, as you begin to have increased insight into your life, as you make changes, and as you become more familiar with and closer to the therapist.

What do I talk about?
Therapy is your time and space, so we talk about whatever you feel is most important. As your therapist, I might inquire about certain areas of your life (and I might gently notice what you choose to discuss and what you choose not to discuss), but you are always free to decide upon both topic and pace.

So you specialize in eating disorders...does that mean you only work with people who have eating or weight-related concerns?
Not at all! I work with a variety of individuals with concerns including eating and weight related disorders, life stress, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, worry, unhappiness, concerns about life direction, and life dissatisfaction.

If I start, will I be in therapy the rest of my life?
No! My goal as your therapist is to make myself obsolete. In other words, you gain the skills needed to satisfactorily tend to your emotional needs, thereby reaching a point where you no longer require my assistance. Having said that, I also see therapy as a lifelong journey  -- as something you can cycle in and out of as needed over the years.

Are you available 24-7 in case I have an emergency and need your help?
I do not provide emergency or after hours care. However, I strive to be available for my clients in their times of need, and I am typically able to squeeze in last minute appointments or phone consultations when things are tough and you need extra support. In case of a life threatening or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.