Racik Perinatal Counseling, PLLC
Renee Racik, MA, LMHCA
Perinatal Mental Health Counselor and Coach
Online in the Seattle Area
** Get personalized therapy in the comfort of your home anywhere in Washington State.**
Secure and private telehealth therapy has become commonplace in the therapy field since the COVID pandemic hit. This seems particularly comforting in the perinatal time - so you can get cozy and not add another appointment to drive to.
I use a user friendly and HIPAA compliant platform for all my booking, notes, payment and videoconferencing services, and you will have access to a patient portal.
What is Psychotherapy? It is a process of exploration for purposes of self-discovery and change. Outside of inborn characteristics like temperment, much of who we are and how we function is learned from our lived experience. In an effort to avoid pain and suffering, we develop coping mechanisms, beliefs, and defenses which become automatic reactions to stressors, even when they do not serve us. The therapeutic process is about slowing down our reactions so that we can take a look, and perhaps make a different choice, so our habitual reactions can become chosen responses. This creates new neural pathways in our brains for change. By opening our innate curiosity, self-compassion and exploration with skillful therapeutic support, psychotherapy is a powerful tool for change and can help:
improve our self esteem
decrease anxiety and depression
process unresolved trauma
become comfortable with not knowing
increase compassion for self and others
increase resilience and well-being
create a toolbox of coping skills
support our nervous system
What are the first steps to starting counseling?
1. Reach Out
Click the link below to request your complimentary 30 minute initial consultation to determine if I’m the right fit for you. We'll talk about what you hope to work on in therapy, and you can ask me any questions you have. By the end of the consultation if we are a good fit to work together, we can go ahead and schedule a session.
Just grab your headphones, a warm drink and comfy blanket and we will dive right in. During the first 1-3 weekly sessions I will take you through an assessment where we will delve more deeply into what brought you into therapy, how your experiences have shaped who you are, and what changes you want to create in your life. Getting to know you helps ensure that you and I are on the same page and ready to collaborate on your goals. You and I will work closely to create a set of specific goals for your therapeutic journey, as well as plan for how to achieve those goals.
3. Experience Therapy
Once you have completed the assessment phase, you will then meet with me regularly to work on the goals you have set. Therapy is the pathway to change that helps you feel better and engage more fully in life. When you've achieved all of your therapy goals and the time feels right, you'll be able to move forward from therapy with confidence that you have the inner resources and tools to navigate challenges.
I am an out of network provider and will provide you with superbill that you can submit to your insurance if you would like to utilize your out-of-network benefits. There are also services like Reimbursify that can submit out-of-network claims for you for a small fee. While insurance coverage can help make therapy more accessible, it may also place limitations in the care you receive. To find out what your insurance policies are for reimbursement, contact your insurance company before therapy to answer these questions:
What is your deductible status?
Do you need to have pre-approval for therapy?
Are there any restictions like coverage amount per session?
Are there a certain amount of sessions allowed?
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 1-877-696-6775.