Services for Cancer Survivors

Body Image Therapy

Therapist holding patient's hands

Body image is much more than how a person sees themselves in the mirror or the way they view their physical appearance. It encompasses the way one perceives, feels, and thinks about all aspects of the way their body looks and functions.

All cancer survivors undergo a process of body image adaptation as the disease and treatment will alter the body and its functioning in some way. These changes may be temporary or long-lasting, can come about gradually or suddenly, and may or may not be visible to others. Some examples of common body image issues for cancer survivors include difficulties coping with scarring, hair loss, lymphedema, weight changes, as well as functional changes to speech, swallowing, loss of limb, and much more.

Body image therapy can benefit patients with cancer at any point during their cancer treatment journey, including immediately after diagnosis, during active treatment, and into long-term survivorship. While goals for body image counseling will vary for each person, an array of empirically supported intervention strategies can be used to help:

  • learn new coping strategies for managing body image concerns
  • manage difficult emotions surrounding body image changes
  • set realistic expectations for body image outcomes
  • increase self-confidence in relationships and social situations
  • gain greater long-term body image acceptance

What to Expect

Everyone’s therapy journey is unique, and treatment is catered to each person’s particular needs. An initial consultation session, lasting 50 minutes, will be conducted to discuss your primary reasons for seeking therapy, and to identify specific treatment goals. After this initial session, we will work together to craft a plan that will consider the optimal timing of visits (e.g., weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and overall length of treatment. Each subsequent session will last 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, lasting a few sessions, or can be more long-term in nature to address complex and ongoing concerns. Patients undergoing active cancer treatment may find intermittent therapy to be helpful in dealing with body image challenges associated with certain aspects of treatment (such as surgery, radiation or chemotherapy).

With the exception of the initial consultation session which must be conducted in person, therapy may be delivered in person or virtually.

Rates

Initial consultation, 50 minutes: $250

Follow-up visits, 50 minutes, $225

*Visits that extend beyond 50 minutes, as well as extensive written or phone-based correspondence utilized between sessions, will be pro-rated based on an hourly fee of $225.

For the initial consultation visit, advanced payment is collected prior to the visit. The first session fee can be collected online or in person at the office prior to the appointment. For all follow-up visits, full payment is due at the time of scheduled services.

Insurance

Fingeret Psychology Services is a self-pay practice. I do not accept insurance, and full payment is due at the time of scheduled services. Upon your request I can provide you with a statement of reimbursement form (also called a Superbill) for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must do with 24 hours notice or you will be charged for the full cost of the session.

No Surprises Act and Good Faith Estimate

Under the law, healthcare providers need to give their clients 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, or any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any time during treatment. 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, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.

Contact Information and Directions

I can be reached by phone at 832-979-1757. My office is located at 6300 West Loop South, Suite 505, Bellaire, Texas 77401 with easy on and off access to I610 between Bissonnet and Bellaire, off the first exit on Route 59. Free parking is available on site (surface as well as covered parking)

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