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Dana Helman FAQ


  • How do I set up an initial appointment?
    I provide a free initial 15-minute phone conversation to talk about the challenges you are experiencing and assess ways I could support you in therapy. If I am unable to support your specific needs, then I am happy to provide you with referrals.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Please call me at least 24 hours in advance to cancel an appointment. If a 24-hour notice is not provided, the regular session fee will be applied to the missed appointment. If unforeseen emergency circumstances occur, please call me and we can talk about it.
  • How long is a session?
    Sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • What is your rate?
    I charge $280 for a 50 minutes session.
  • What kind of payment do you take?
    I accept cash, check and Zelle.
  • Do you take insurance?
    I am considered an out-of-network provider. Clients pay the full fee at the time service is provided and receive a Superbill form to file for reimbursement from their insurance company. Reimbursement varies. Please contact your insurance company for details.
  • What is a Good Faith Estimate Notice?
    You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health 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 expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a 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
  • What is FBT?
    Family based treatment (FBT) is an outpatient treatment option for children and adolescents with an eating disorder. FBT is researched based and has proven especially effective for adolescents with anorexia or bulimia nervosa (AN and BN). FBT is a highly focused approach that initially targets weight restoration under parental management at home, and also takes into consideration the ongoing impact of starvation, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors on adolescent development.
  • Why do you say that “Food is medicine”?
    A key component to eating disorder recovery is weight restoration and nutritional rehabilitation, which is why we say that food is medicine. We don’t have any Pharmacology that treats Anorexia, the medicine for Anorexia is food. This applies to all eating disorders at all stages. The brain cannot function properly without full nutrition.
  • How long does FBT take?
    Every patient is different. In most cases, FBT has 3 phases over a period of 6-12 months.
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