Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Fees and Insurance:

 

Dr. Hoffman does not file insurance and is not in network for private insurance providers. She cannot determine if or what you will be reimbursed for psychological services. If you plan to file an insurance claim on psychological services, please contact your insurance provider before your first visit to verify your mental health benefits as pre-certification or authorization may be required. You will be provided a complete itemized statement that contains all necessary information needed so that you can bill your insurance directly. Please be prepared to pay for your session fee in full during your appointment. We accept cash, check, or credit card. Please call the office for additional information. 

Dr. Hoffman welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with local churches to provide care for members of their congregation on a scholarship basis. 

 

For more information about legal requirements for insurance coverage for mental health services:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/parity-guide.pdf

What should I bring to the Initial Appointment?

 

Please bring your completed intake packet and copies of any previous counseling, mental health or relevant medical records (if available). The intake packets are available to download in the Forms section of this website or you can arrive to your appointment 30 minutes early to complete the intake packet in the office. Please be prepared to pay for your session fee in full during your appointment. We accept cash, check, or credit card.

 

*If you are bringing a child for treatment whose parents are divorced, you must provide documentation for parental rights to consent for treatment. 

 

If you are participating in psychological assessment, please provide a copy of all previous testing results or treatment summaries. If you do not have these then please bring the name and contact information for your previous providers so that we may contact them. 

 

 

Do I have to attend church to receive services?

 

Church membership is not a requirement and individuals are accepted for treatment wherever they are in their faith/beliefs.

 

 

What if I need to change my appointment?

 

To change or cancel an appointment, I require at least a 48-business hour notice. This will help to schedule those waiting for appointments and for you to avoid being charged for the time that was reserved for you. Clients who cancel without a 24-hour notice or do not attend their appointment will be responsible for paying the full session fee. 

 

What are your office hours?

 

The front office is open Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. Some appointments are made after normal business hours on a limited basis. 

 

 

Who can I contact in an emergency?

 

If you experience an emergency during or after hours, you should seek immediate help by calling 911, Helpline (539-1000 or 539-3424), the mental health center (533-1970), your primary care physician, or one of the hospital emergency rooms for assistance as needed and then alert Dr. Hoffman at your earliest convenience.

Valley Christian Counseling

5151 Research Drive NW

Suite 1B

Huntsville, AL 35805

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911
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