Appointments


Dr. Weibel does not currently have any openings for new clients. He will have openings for new clients in January of 2020. You can ask to be put on a waiting list. Please call 225-678-9389 or email d@drweibel.com to contact Dr. Weibel. Sessions are by appointment only. Please do not drop-in to the office without an appointment.

Please Consider if We Are a Good Fit to Work Together

Therapy works best when we can establish a good therapeutic working alliance. You should spend some time trying to determine if you think we would work well together. Reading this web site is one way to get an idea about how you might get along with Dr. Weibel. The web site is not perfect, but all of the words are Dr. Weibel’s. Viewing the office tour photos may give you a sense of whether you would feel comfortable in his office. You can call Dr. Weibel and he will get an overview of your issues and goals, while trying to determine if we are a good fit. If Dr. Weibel does not think we are a good fit, he will attempt to make a referral.

First Phone Call 

Appointments are made after an initial conversation via phone. During the first phone call, Dr. Weibel encourages you to ask questions, and he will ask at least the following questions:

1. What is the general nature of the issue?    

You can likely answer in under two minutes. We are not doing therapy yet. Dr. Weibel might ask a few follow-up questions.

2. Do you want to use insurance, and what type?

We will clarify if Dr. Weibel is an in-network provider, and inquire if you have met your deductible for the year.

3. Do you foresee any current or future legal or complicating issues?

This issue involves less than 10% of clients, but it may be important. Potential clients sometimes want to utilize Dr. Weibel’s records for work or legal issues such as work leave, fitness for duty, divorce, lawsuits, disability, getting extra time on tests in college, getting reinstated with TOPS, emotional support pets, or immigration status. On a few occasions, clients have presented with an issue they wanted to work on in therapy, only to switch to wanting a letter for a legal arena after a few sessions. Dr. Weibel strongly appreciates being notified before we begin therapy if you know there is any likelihood of our work being brought into any work or legal arena.

Once we decide to work together, Dr. Weibel will give you a list of all available times. Available times will shift in subsequent weeks, so please do not give up immediately if none of the initial times fits your schedule. If we are not a good fit, Dr. Weibel would be happy to make a referral to another provider or community resources.

Note: Dr. Weibel does not prescribe medications. He does diagnose the full range of psychological issues and will refer to prescribers. You will have to make a separate appointment with one of those prescribers.

Insurance

Dr. Weibel accepts the following insurance plans for psychological services:

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO & HMO           Aetna

LSU First-Web TPA       Tricare       Magellan         Beacon

United Healthcare (UBH, UH, Optum)        Value Options

Medicare (standard- red, white, & blue card)

Almost always, you do not need pre-approval or a referral to use insurance.

Insurance can be confusing, and we greatly appreciate that you to take a proactive approach in researching your insurance deductibles and copays. The deductible is the amount you have to pay out of pocket each year before your insurance begins to pay. Health insurance deductibles work like car insurance deductibles. Until you meet the deductible, the insurance company pays nothing. However, because Dr. Weibel is in network (contracted with your company), you are paying the negotiated rate, which is less than the free market rate.

Until you meet your deductible, you will pay your insurance company’s negotiated rate for the type of session. The three most common types of sessions are evaluation (first session), psychotherapy 38-52 minutes, psychotherapy longer than 52 minutes. For Blue Cross the negotiated fee is $160.59 for the first session and $99.67 for a subsequent 50-minute session, until your deductible is met. Download this sheet for examples of what you will likely pay if your deductible is not met with the various insurance companies we accept.

Once you reach your deductible, your copay will either be a set amount at each visit (e.g. $25), often indicated on your insurance card, or a percentage (e.g., 20%) of the insurance negotiated fee. You may have to look at your insurance documents or call your insurance company to verify your remaining deductible. When calling your insurance company the questions to ask include:

Do I have a deductible?

How much of the deductible is remaining?

What is my co-pay?

We have found that insurance representatives have sometimes forgotten to mention that the client has a deductible. If the client only asks, “What is my copay?”, the insurance customer service representative often tells the client that their copay amount and ends the call. Again, it is confusing, and we appreciate you doing research and being prepared. Please bring your insurance card to the first session. Payment is due at each session via credit card, check, or cash. After the first session, our billing person will submit to your insurance company and verify any deductibles and copays.

Non-insurance, Cash-pay, or Fee for Service

Some people elect not to use insurance because they want maximum privacy and do not want the insurer setting any limits on the type or length of therapy.  If you do not wish to use insurance, rates are:

$200 for the first 70-90 minute session

$125 for each subsequent 50-minute session.

For the first session, sometimes we go the full 90 minutes, but sometimes it is not necessary and we just continue on in the next session. If we only have 60 minutes available, Dr. Weibel may lower the fee accordingly. Limited sliding scale appointments are available based upon your ability to pay. If you do not have insurance, we can discuss what you can afford based on all sources of wealth, assets, and income, including that of your family. For example, you might have zero income from salary but have investments, or someone else in your family working, drive a $40,000 car, and live in a $400,000 house with no mortgage. In this case, you would pay full fee.

Directions to Office

7931 Picardy Ave, Suite B in Baton Rouge.

Picardy cuts between Bluebonnet and Essen Lane, and then continues across Essen Lane. The office is on Picardy between Bluebonnet and Essen, and only four offices from Essen.

7931 is not on the McDonald’s side of Essen. From Essen you will see the huge M in the sky for McDonald’s. While on Essen, turn away from that M onto Picardy. 4th office on left.