Frequently Asked Questions
How long does therapy last?
Sessions are held weekly during the course of treatment. We will work together to decide how long treatment should last. I prefer to work with clients for longer periods of time, when possible, because of the growth that can happen from this deeper level of work.
What is your orientation?
I combine relational psychodynamic and Gestalt frameworks, meaning I provide long-term talk therapy. I pay attention to the unconscious and how the past impacts the present, you body's experience, as well as what occurs within our relationship, as it usually is happening in other relationships outside of therapy.
What are sessions with you like?
Sessions with me have one foot in the present and one foot in the past. We will work to connect past experiences with present day issues. I will pay attention to both mind and body. As you are sharing, I may ask you "where do you feel that in your body?" to help draw attention to your here-and-now experience. I aim to make a real connection with my clients and to use our relationship as a safe place to explore difficult memories and patterns. Sessions with me are connective, supportive, and sometimes, humorous.
What is your rate?
My rate is $125 for a 50 minute session. There are a limited number of sliding scale spots available for those in financial need.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance, but do offer superbills for clients to submit for reimbursement.
What is your Covid-19 policy?
For the time being, all sessions are being held virtually. When it is safe to return in person, all patients must show proof of vaccination in order to be seen in person.
What is the Good Faith Estimate?
Under section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) of expected charges. The GFE shows the cost of item and services that are reasonably expected for services provided by Kristen Hammond Counseling, LLC. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate is created. It does not take into account any reimbursement that you may receive as a result of our of network benefits.
The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during the course of treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur.
If you are billed for more than this Good Faith Estimate, you have the right to dispute the bill.
You may contact Kristen Hammond, M.S. to let her know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate. You can ask her to update the bill to match the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available.