$150 for individuals
$200 for multiple people (relationships, families, etc.)
$150 for supervision
Varies for Consultation and Training
For those who are unable to comfortably afford the standard fees, we encourage you to contact us and ask about our sliding scale options. Together we can determine a mutually agreed upon rate.
Please note: I will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) to help you effectively financially plan for your course of treatment.
We accept payment by cash or credit card at the time of service.
All services will be paid via the Simple Practice portal. Credit card is only accepted at this time.
What is a Good Faith Estimate?
Beginning January 1, 2022, federal laws regulating client care have been updated to include the “No Surprises” Act. This Act requires health care practitioners to provide current and potential clients a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) on the cost of treatment. This new regulation is designed to provide transparency to patients regarding their expected medical expenses and to protect them from surprises when they receive their medical bills. It allows patients to understand how much their health care will cost before they receive services.
There are several factors that makes it challenging to provide an estimate as treatment length and frequency varies for each person. Some clients end treatment following relief of symptoms/challenges while others engage in long term care. At times some begin to schedule less frequently and may continue to come in for “check ups” or when issues arise. Ultimately, as the client, it is your decision when to stop therapy. I will provide you with a written Good Faith via our Simple Practice portal following our verbal discussion of fees and desired frequency. You are also entitled to request a Good Faith Estimate at any time during your treatment.
Do you accept insurance?
At this moment, we are not in-network providers. Currently, to work with individuals who are unable to afford our rates, we offer two options:
We invite you to reach out. Let’s talk about our sliding fee options.
For those with a PPO plan who would like to get reimbursed by their insurers, let’s talk about your out of network options and how we can help.
We will try my best to make therapy be accessible to you.
Why is insurance not accepted at this time?
We thought long and hard about accepting insurance but, a few issues came to mind. The primary reason we do not accept insurance currently is due to the requirement of diagnosing individuals for insurance to pay for treatment. Although mental illness does exist and we at Amani Nia Therapeutic Services are conscious of the existence of mental illness, we cannot ignore the stigmatization and history of the oppression and discrimination that plagues the mental health field. For example, it was once considered a mental illness for slaves who attempted to flee from captivity and any sexuality outside of heterosexual was once considered a disorder. Today womxn and black and brown individuals are diagnosed with severe mental illnesses at disproportionate rates. While the field is improving, the system still has ways to go. At Amani Nia Therapeutic Services we prefer not to look at our clients solely through the lens of a diagnosis and do not believe in pathologizing our clients. Instead we prefer to treat our clients through a holistic approach. Due to our mission and efforts to serve underserved and under-represented populations, we currently choose not to potentially further stigmatize populations that often face discrimination and oppression already. By not accepting insurance, our clients are given the power to work with us to determine their course of treatment instead of the insurance company dictating how a client is treated. Until the health system is eradicated from some its afflictions and biases, we choose to instead offer equitable sliding scale fees to help therapy become affordable for clients who face financial need.
How do I get my insurance’s out of network benefits to cover your services?
Please note, coaching services are not covered by insurances. For individual and relationship sessions, use this guide to help you speak to your insurance company. This guide can help you learn more about your options.
What is Amani Nia?
Amani means peace, tranquility, and serenity in Swahili.
Nia is a Swahili word and principle that means purpose. The practice of Nia is to make a collective agreement to help uplift a community towards their greatest potential.
Why Affirming & Inclusive Therapy?
Our identities and experiences shape how we see the world and ourselves. Although our complex life experiences and identities deserve to be celebrated, we know that at times it is not. The experience of feeling excluded, judged, and/or misunderstood can negatively impact our mental and emotional health.
What treatment approaches do you utilize?
We prefer to use an integrated approach that best meets the individual needs of our clients. We have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused, Trauma Informed, Strengths-based, Mindfulness approaches, Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, Expressive Arts, Harm-Reduction, and more. While we find each approach to be valuable and useful, we often rely on a strong therapeutic alliance to help our clients meet their needs. In partnership with you, together we can employ the techniques and approaches that will best meet your needs.
I am interested in working with you but, Norwalk is too far for me. What are my options?
At this time we are only licensed to work in the states of CT, NJ, and NY. For those who are located outside of the Tri-State area, feel free to reach out and we can try to assist you in locating a therapist.
How do I get started?
We encourage you to call or email me for a free 15 minute consultation. If it is determined that one of our clinicians is a match for your needs, you will be emailed information to get you started in our HIPAA secure client portal. Please complete the relevant intake forms on the portal at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment.