Out-of-Network Mental Health Provider, Licensed Psychologists in South Tampa
All initial intake and therapy sessions are continuing to be provided virtually via our secure Zoom portal. Gifted evaluations are being offered both via telehealth and in-person. More extensive evaluations are primarily being performed online with select portions administered in person as deemed appropriate, necessary and safe. You can schedule a 10-minute consult with one of our licensed psychologists by contacting us here or using our contact form.

Why Would Anyone Choose an Out-of-Network Mental Health Provider?

Rice-Psychology-GroupAs a thriving psychology practice that does not participate in private or government health insurance plans, we are often asked why patients elect to see one of our psychologists on a self-pay fee system despite having insurance coverage.  Here are the top three reasons why it can be beneficial to establish with an out-of-network psychologist:

No 3rd Party Dictating Care:

  • We are able to develop individualized treatment plans without under-qualified managed care employees dictating the type of care we are able to provide.  We are able to provide scientifically supported therapies without arbitrary parameters set by insurance companies.
  • We are able to schedule appointments at the frequency indicated by our clinical judgment and standard of care based on the most up-to-date research.  Unfortunately, insurance companies generally determine how often and how many times mental health professionals are able to see patients.  We are able to decide with our patients how often they come in for appointments.

Spend More Face-To-Face Time with Patients:

  • We are able to spend the majority of our time face-to-face with patients as opposed to completing and submitting insurance paperwork.  The insurance billing process requires substantial time and resources.  We prefer to bill for actual therapy and assessment hours, not for paperwork hours.

Freedom of Choice:

  • The psychologist-patient relationship is a vital component of effective emotional/behavioral treatment.  Although several mental health providers are listed on most insurance plan directories, it is often difficult to find a psychologist who is a “good fit” and who is truly qualified to treat the specific needs of a given patient.  Our psychologists are highly trained in specific areas of mental and behavioral health.  We pride ourselves on appropriate and effective patient-psychologist matching, which has most often resulted in happy patients and very positive outcomes.

Steffanie Sperry, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

 

About Rice Psychology

Rice Psychology Group is home to a team of psychologists who work tirelessly to help adults, adolescents and children deal with their issues. Whether you’re currently dealing with depression, going through a divorce or fighting an issue you just can’t understand, know that our Tampa psychologists are here to help.

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