15 Minute Phone Consultation 

Making the decision to come to therapy is not an easy task. Deciding if it is the right time, the right reason, or if the therapist will be the right fit is not only stressful, but also overwhelming. My goal is to make this a helpful experience, while building a close collaborative relationship with you. Call Amanda Perez at 862-305-0590 for a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your current concerns and see if this is the time to begin building your life worth living.

Initial Intake 

The purpose of an initial intake is for the client and therapist to have a chance to formally meet after an initial phone consultation. The client is free to discuss pertinent emotional concerns and struggles and see if both the therapist and client are a good fit for one another. This session runs 60 minutes in length and towards the end of session the therapist will provide recommendations for treatment

Individual Therapy 

Individual therapy sessions typically run for the 50 minute clinical hour. During session we will discuss progress towards the collaborative goals we have set to reduce suffering as well as explore any obstacles that may impact your journey to a life worth living.

DBT Skills Group

DBT skills group is offered on a weekly basis to adolescents, young adults, adults and parents. The function of DBT Skills is to help enhance a client’s capabilities. There are four skills taught in DBT:


Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment.

Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.

Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change.

Phone Coaching

DBT uses phone coaching to provide in-the-moment support. The goal is to coach clients on how to use their DBT skills to effectively cope with difficult situations that arise in everyday life. Clients can call their individual therapist between sessions to receive coaching at the times when they need help the most.

Supervision for LSW's

Amanda Perez has completed the Clinical Supervision for Social Workers course through the New Jersey NASW Chapter, which consisted of 20+ continuing education credits and post-graduate coursework related to supervision. She has has been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 2011 and looks forward to working with LSW's who are working towards their clinical licensure.

DBT Skills Staff Training 

Amanda Perez is a DBT adherent, highly skilled clinical social worker. She provides training to agencies, schools, and their staff on DBT skills.  Staff will leave with a variety of resources to use with clients, strategies to implement these skills in their practice, along with a wealth of knowledge on DBT Skills Modules.

Insurance Questions 

While I am out-of-network with all insurance panels, I will provide you with a receipt of services for you to submit to your insurance company for any out-of-network mental health benefits you may be eligible for.

Information that will be provided on your requested receipt of payment:

  • Provider’s name

  • Provider’s NPI

  • Provider’s license number

  • Federal Tax ID number

  • DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes

  • CPT or Procedure codes

At each session payment is due, unless another payment plan has been established. Thus, the client will pay their fee with cash or check. 

Below is a guide to assist you with calling your insurance company to check on your out-of-network benefits. 


How to check your out-of-network coverage and possible out-of-network benefits:
Plan for 15-30 minutes of your time available to call your insurance company
Make sure to have this information ready before your call:

Insurance card

  • Name, date of birth, address, phone number, or possibly social security number of the cardholder or person for whom the services are for

  • Pen and paper/notepad


Questions to ask:

  • Are there out-of-network benefits for this policy?

  • Do I have a mental or behavioral health policy with out-of-network benefits?

  • What are the requirements to use out-of-network benefits?

  • Is prior authorization required?

  • Is a referral required from my primary care physician?

  • Do I have an out-of-network deductible?

If yes:

  • What is my out-of-network deductible?

  • How much of my out-of-network deductible has been met?

  • What is the start date of the calendar year my out-of-network policy is based on?

In addition, ask the representative if your policy covers these services (use the CPT codes provided below). How much is the insurance company’s “usual and customary fee” and what percentage do they cover?

CPT Code for Individual Therapy: 50 minutes, 90837 

Other questions to ask:

  • Is there a session limit?

If yes:

  • What is the session limit?

  • How many sessions do I have left?

  • What percentage of services is covered/what is my co-insurance? 

At the end of the call make sure to have:

  • Date/time you called

  • Representative’s name

  • Reference number for the call

This guide is provided to assist you with calling your insurance company to check on your out-of-network benefits. Amanda Perez, LCSW is not responsible for the information obtained using this guide.