Thank you for your interest in therapeutic services! Please feel free to call or email me for more specific information, however please find some basics as follows:
OFFICE LOCATION: 945 Hildebrand Lane, Suite 233, Bainbridge Island, WA.
*The office is located on Hildebrand Lane, between High School Rd NE and Wallace Way, in the medical building above the Swedish Health Primary Care Clinic and can be accessed via elevator or stairs. Public parking is located street front or in the building's underground garage.
*Look for office signage for Michele Baumbardier, SLP, whose office I share. There is a waiting room directly across from the office entry.
AVAILABILITY: I am currently accepting only a limited number of new clients. Because after-school/work hours are in high demand, I am more likely to be able to see you or your child if you have some flexibility and are able to meet earlier in the day.
PAYMENT: Payment either in full (if private pay or "out-of-network") or co-pay (if "in- network") is expected at the time services are rendered. Presently I accept local personal checks or cash. A receipt can be provided.
IN-NETWORK INSURANCE ACCEPTED:
At present I am an "in-network" provider with PREMERA BLUE CROSS insurance only in my private practice.
*IMPORTANT - if you are covered by Premera, please call your insurance provider in ADVANCE of the first appointment to find out about your "Behavioral/Mental Health" benefits, as they may differ from your medical benefits. Please confirm: (a) That I am indeed "in-network" with your particular policy; (b) If you must meet a deductible, separate from your medical deductible and how much that is; (b) what your co-pay will be.
*Insurance companies may want my NPI number to confirm benefits. It is: 1609883537. They may also want my address into - likely mailing: P.O. Box 10412, Bainbridge Island, WA 98370.
OUT-OF NETWORK BENEFITS: If you are not with PREMERA, you may want to check with your insurance in ADVANCE to determine if you have any coverage for an "out-of-network" behavioral/mental health provider. (Please refer to the questions to ask your insurance company as per above.) Your payment for each session will be due in full at the time of service. However, I will provide you with a HICFA claim form for you to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
*IMPORTANT FOR NON-PREMERA CLIENTS: To further complicate things (!) - I am covered as a "participating provider" by a number of insurances, but only through Silverdale's Peninsula Psychology Services, where I do some part-time work. My participation is limited to that location only, and not my private practice. Unfortunately, I am no longer taking new clients at Peninsula Psychology Services.
FIRST VISIT: We start with an initial 50-minute INTAKE session at my office. You will be asked to come 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out the required paperwork, which you will find on a clipboard in the waiting room. Please bring your driver's license and health insurance card. If you are a parent seeking therapy for your child - please note the first meeting is for parents only. My preference is that both parents be present if at all possible. Further visits typically run 45+ minutes.
LENGTH OF THERAPY ... very much depends on your concerns and goals! There are no "quick fixes," in therapy. However, "Short-Term" treatment may be an option when there are single solution-focused goals and typically lasts 4-8 weeks. For more complex issues, longer term therapeutic work may be necessary. We will discuss this as we go.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS: While I will do my best to provide service for an urgent situation, I am not able to provide emergency or after-hours mental health services in a crisis. Clients are advised to go to the nearest emergency room.
Thank you for your understanding!
Lisa deFaria, LICSW, BCD
945 Hildebrand Lane, Suite 233
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110