Most insurance plans don't pay benefits for marriage counseling. In order to use insurance benefits for couples counseling, at least one partner must meet criteria for mental health diagnosis, such as adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, or another disorder requiring mental health treatment. Insurance is generally not required to cover marriage counseling. However, “marriage counseling is not billable to insurance.
If your therapist files an insurance claim, you are using a code stating that you are on individual therapy for the treatment of XYZ disorder and that your partner attended the session with you. Or, they can categorize it as “family therapy with the patient present, but the work is not relational, per se. It should focus on the “mental illness of the identified patient”. Being considered a guarantee means that one person is labeled as having the problem, while the other is not.
Treatment is then focused on that patient. In reality, this is not couples therapy, although it is an appropriate and effective treatment. For example, some insurers may cover marriage counseling for a person with a sex addiction or other condition affecting their marriage. So what this means is that any therapist who takes out insurance for marriage counseling is not providing what we consider marriage counseling in the sense of helping you improve your relationship.
At your first private meeting with an expert marriage counselor, you can discuss your hopes for your relationship and start moving forward together in repairing your marriage. He holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, plus Gottman Method marriage counseling training (Levels 1 and, and is a Colorado-based therapist. Other tips suggest asking your therapist to bill your treatment as a family session and promising that this will be a less expensive or more cost-effective way to get reimbursed for your marriage counseling. Hunter is a warm and compassionate marriage counselor, couples therapist and parent coach who believes in love and that strong marriages create strong families.
He can serve you as a couples therapist or marriage counselor in Fort Collins, CO and Broomfield, CO, and provides online marriage counseling & relationship coaching to couples in the U.S. In the US and around the world.