I am only contracted (“in network”) with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance company.

The standard fee for the initial intake is $180.00 (minimum of one hour meeting) and subsequent psychotherapy sessions are $150.00.  I offer sliding scales on case by case basis.  Contact me if you have any questions about rates.


Things to consider if you decide to use your health insurance:

(Your insurance company will be able to answer these questions)

  • Whether you have mental health benefits                          

  • Need prior authorization/a referral from your primary care physician                                                                               

  • Have a deductible, if your deductible has been met  

  • If you have a copayment, how much per visit

I can still see you if you have other insurance (POS and PPO) plans and choose to use your “Out of Network Benefits”.  You will be responsible for making payments for each session, and asking your insurance for a reimbursement.  I am happy to provide you with the appropriate Superbill to submit to your insurance company on a monthly basis. Depending on your out-of-network health benefits, some clients will receive a portion of mental health services fees reimbursed to them from their insurance companies.

Why Do Some People Choose to Pay “Out of Pocket”?

Some clients choose not to use their insurance generally for these reasons:

  • To take additional measures to protect their confidentiality and privacy

  • Greater flexibility because the therapist is not limited by the constraints & demands of insurance (e.g. method of therapy can include virtual or phone)

  • They wish to meet for longer sessions, more frequently, or longer than their health plan may allow

  • More flexibility in focus of therapy 

  • We do not have to give you a diagnosis


If you would like to discuss beginning psychotherapy contact me via email ylira@wellnesstherapist.org or call me at 617-299-9615 where you can leave me a confidential voice message with best dates and times to reach you.  I offer an initial free phone consultation where we can discuss your needs, goals for therapy, and questions you may have about psychotherapy and my practice.