Appointments


Dr. Weibel currently has a few daytime and early evening appointments available for psychotherapy. Please call 225-678-9389 or email d@drweibel.comto contact Dr. Weibel. Sessions are by appointment only. Please do not drop-in to the office without an appointment, as this can be disruptive to existing clients.

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 or Email

You can email Dr. Weibel, but realize that email is less secure than phone calls. You assume all privacy risks when emailing Dr. Weibel. Email is primarily for scheduling, not conducting therapy. Do not include detailed personal information in email. During the first contact, Dr. Weibel encourages you to ask questions and 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 15% 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, 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     Aetna      Cigna     Tricare      United Healthcare (UBH)

Medicare        Value Options         Magellan         Verity       LA Health Care Co-op

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. The deductible is the amount you have to pay each year before your insurance begins to pay. Some people have low or no deductibles. Until you have not met your deductible, you pay the rate negotiated by your insurance, which is less than Dr. Weibel’s free market rates listed below. Thus, you still get a discount by using insurance, even if does not seem like it until the deductible has been met. For Blue Cross the negotiated fee is $170 for the first session and $99.67 for each subsequent 50-minute session, until your deductible is met. When your deductible has been met, you pay your co-pay at each session. 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 it is remaining? & What is my co-pay?

We have found that insurance representatives have forgotten to mention that the patient has a deductible, if the patient only asks, “What is my copay?” 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 90-minute session

$125 for each subsequent 50-minute session.

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 income, including family.

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.