What is it like to be in therapy?

The experience of psychological therapy varies greatly depending on numerous factors such as the theoretical orientation, personality, education, training and individual style of the therapist. It also depends on the personality, insight, readiness, and willingness to change on the part of the client. Also important is the therapeutic relationship, or fit, between client and therapist. The types of therapy that we utilize tend to be present-focused, solution focused, directive, and collaborative. While therapy can be a place to talk and get support, you and your therapist will develop a working treatment plan with specific, achievable behavioral goals while learning and practicing new skills. Professional boundaries are essential to the therapeutic relationship and these boundaries will be discussed and maintained within a supportive, comfortable, and respectful environment.

Do you accept insurance? What are your rates?

We are not contracted with insurance. It is in our core values to provide individualized, collaborative, evidence-based, and comprehensive therapeutic care. While we would love to be able to contract with insurance companies on behalf of our patients, the current state of our managed health care system does not align with the quality and type of service we strive to provide.

The rate for Lindsey Ricciardi, PHD, CEDS, is $225 per session. Dr. Ricciardi offers a range of reduced fees for services provided by trainees. All trainees are in advance graduate training programs, highly trained, and closely supervised. This model supports the training of future eating disorder therapists, while also providing more options financially for patients seeking help.

Amber Saint Laurent, B.S. is a clinical mental health counseling intern. She has completed her graduate training. This is her second year training at the Eating Disorder Institute. Her rate is $100 session.

Kayla Bell, MS, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian and works with our team at the Eating Disorder Institute of Las Vegas. Her rate for nutrition therapy, meal support, grocery store outings is $145 per session.

Currently our Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group is $75 per session (each session is an hour and forty-five minutes and includes phone coaching).

As an out-of-network provider, we can provide you with a monthly statement that you may be able to submit to your insurance for some reimbursement through your out-of-network benefits. Unless some type of prior arrangement has been made, payments are expected in full at the time of service. Sessions are typically 55-60 minutes in length. Methods of payment accepted are cash, check, and major credit cards. Cancellations require 24 business hours advance notice to avoid being billed for the full price of the session.

What does it mean to work with an advanced practicum student?

Advanced practicum students have typically completed 3-5 years of  the UNLV clinical psychology Ph.D. program, have completed their Master’s Degree,  and have at least one prior year of direct clinical service experience. They participate in weekly supervision where all cases are reviewed thoroughly and student therapy skills are broadened and sharpened. The advanced practicum students that I supervise are all interested in a career that involves working with clients with eating disorders.

How long will I be in therapy?

Most evidence based treatment approaches for eating disorder are designed to be 12-24 weeks in length minimum. That said, many people report relief and symptom improvement in the first several sessions. We may decide to have sessions weekly, every other week, or monthly. Then we may have booster sessions every so often. Typically when you have accomplished the goals you set out to accomplish in therapy, we are nearing termination.