Billing

Payment for sessions are as follows:

$200-Initial Assessment and Consultation (one hour long session)

$150-Individual Therapy

$200-Couples /Family Therapy

The initial consultation session lasts at least 60 minutes. Subsequent sessions last 50-60 minutes and take place once a week. Additional sessions may be added or modified based on your current needs as a client.

 

I currently accept the following insurance plans:

Aetna

BCBS PPO

Cigna

Humana

Magellan

Multiplan

Value Options

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Self-Pay Options Include:

Cash

Check

Please check with your insurance provider to verify benefits. Many insurance companies also pay out of network provider fees so if I don't take your current insurance, you still may be able to see me.

I also work on a sliding scale for clients that have financial challenges that prevent them from paying my full fee.



    

Depression is one of the three most common mental disorders in the world affecting more than 300 million people of all ages worldwide and is the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide (WHO, 2017). It affects approximately one in three people and is twice as common in women as men (WHO, 2017).

Depression occurs relatively equally in people of all ages, ethnicities, education, Social Economic Status (SES), marital status, and backgrounds (WHO, 2007). An individual experiencing a depressive episode frequently presents with a very sad mood, which affects all areas of life including family, work, school, personal relationships, and physical health; as well as an inability to experience any pleasure in any activities. A depressed person may also experience poor concentration, poor memory, inability to function in daily activities, and in severe cases symptoms of psychosis, and thoughts of death or suicide. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, and as high as 15% of those who suffer from acute depression die from suicide (WHO, 2017). Approximately 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds.

There are multiple theories of what causes depression that range from the biological, cognitive, spiritual and social. Depression can result from one or an interaction of all of the above. For example, if an individual is impacted by a health condition and is unable to function at work or at home it can lead to loss of career, loss of finances and impact mood and cognitive functioning. In addition, there are many health conditions that are interrelated to depression. Conditions such as hypothyroidism and cardiovascular disease can lead to depression. From a social perspective, adverse life events can lead to depression. Events such as a loss of a loved one, loss of employment, loss of finances or experiencing psychological trauma may lead to depression. Depression can, in turn, lead to more stress and dysfunction and worsen the affected person’s life situation and depression itself.


In upcoming articles, different types of depression and treatment options will be discussed.

Dr. Huda Abuasi

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