Your welcome to contact Dr. Watson via telephone or email for an initial free consultation. Typically this involves up to a 15 minute discussion. If further information is required and or a referral can not be made for someone local in your area, a formal consultation and or initial session may be required.
The hourly rate for TREATEMENT varies upon income level, number of family members, insurance availability and ability to pay. Fee may range from $250 per hour to $0 per hour (for local members). Treatment sessions tend to be 50 minutes; however, when working with more severe disorders, it is not uncommon for sessions to be tailored for longer time frames (following Open Dialog Approach combined with analytical models of "frame" keeping). Dr. Watson is listed with the National Register - Clinical Psychologists, and most insurance carriers are accepted. Dr. Watson will provide you with an invoice that you may submit to your insurance carrier or may assist with direct billing to that insurance company.
The hourly rate for CONSULTATIONS is $250 per hour; however, a 50% reduction is often provided.
The hourly rate for psychological TESTING, EXAMINATIONS, CASE REVIEWS, and FORENSIC work varies greatly and depends upon the nature of the tests, work, location and follow-up services needed. Dr. Watson will often outline the scope of the work following a consultation, whereby, an agreed upon "flat rate" or "not to exceed" amount will be agreed upon with the interested party. Typically large work loads will allow for a 25-50% reduction in fees. Some of the evaluations and work may include:
* Court ordered commitment and forced orders to treat examinations, reports and testimony.
* Potential for harm, risk and competency examinations, reports and testimony.
* Anger management and domestic violence examinations, reports and testimony.
* Psycho-social, intellectual, projective, personality, and intellectual testing, with reports and testimony.
* Neurological screening examinations, reports and testimony.
* Treatment Needs and Planning reviews and consultations.
* Custody placement reviews, with reports and testimony.
* Potential for malpractice reviews
* EXPERT TESTIMONY related to psychotropic medication usage, benefit and harm, as relating to peer reviewed research for optimal treatment outcome.
Dr. Watson has successfully informed the courts and counsel several dozens of cases, often regarding optimal treatment interventions as they relate to using/not using psychotropic medications. He has never been disqualified as an expert witness, and provided consultation, written and oral testimony and services throughout the United States. Please call Dr. Watson for consultation.
Professional treatment time will be billed for at the above rates per 50 minute session, whereas, all other hourly rates are per 60 minutes. This includes emails, writing reports or letters on your behalf, insurance billing, and for all legal or forensic matters. Billing will occur for any time greater than 10 minutes, and will be billed in quarterly hour blocks.
Full payment is due at the beginning of each session unless otherwise specifically agreed upon in writing. Clients are responsible for full payment regardless of whether their insurance carrier makes payment on their behalf or if they are dissatisfied with psychological conclusions, recommendations or legal outcomes (i.e. no refunds).
We will make every attempt to protect your confidentiality. However, your health insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company, and we are not party to that contract nor can ensure confidentiality once information is provided to them. You will be given information about confidentiality once a formal agreement for services is reached (See The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA; Pub.L. 104–191, 110 Stat. 1936, enacted August 21, 1996).
Clients are encouraged on setting weekly agreed upon time for services. If clients can not arrange their schedule to fit a agreed upon weekly times a floating appointment can be made; however, Dr. Watson has a 12 hour cancellation policy whereby if you do not provide 12 hours notice when canceling, you may incur a $50 unfulfilled session fee. Insurance carriers customarily do not pay for missed appointments.