Contact & Appointments

Steve tries to leave a few appointment openings available  for new clients and emergencies. Don’t hesitate to call.

You can schedule an appointment by contacting Steve Stewart by email (best) or by phone:

stevestewart.mft@gmail.com 503-936-1508 (confidential voice mail)

Day and evening hourly appointments are available. Reading letters and documents, and phone conversations over 10 minutes will be charged at the standard rate by the half-hour. Please do not communicate private information in an email (except to schedule appointments)—the internet is not private and Steve does not provide counseling services electronically—only in office visits.

Immediate Crisis
If you are facing a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911. If you or someone close to you is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs to speak to someone immediately, please contact the Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764. A mental health clinician is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Cost of Visits
Stewart Counseling Services charges a standard fee of $120 per hour, whether it is for individual, couples, or family counseling. Each group session is $40, with a $40 intake fee. Payment is made in cash or by check.  Psychological inventories and assessments are additional fees. Occasionally we might suggest that you purchase a book or attend a class, but you would have the option of participating.

Cancelation Policy
If you miss your scheduled appointment without providing a 24-hour notice, you will be responsible to pay a $60 late cancellation fee. (In exceptional circumstances, this fee might be waived.)

Insurance
Stewart Counseling Services is a preferred provider for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and for Military OneSource and will bill these insurance providers directly according to the amounts they fix for intake and standard sessions. The client, however, is responsible for the session fees should the insurance reject a claim. For clients with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, here are questions we suggest you ask your insurance company about your coverage:
• Which mental health benefits (if any) will they pay for?
• How much is my copay for each session?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?

For clients with any other insurance provider, I am out of network. Therefore, I collect my fees (payable in cash or by check) at the beginning of each session according the feels listed above. For your convenience, I can give you a receipt for service, which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. If you’re not sure about how extensive your insurance benefits are, you might ask them any of the following questions about your coverage:
• Which mental health benefits (if any) will they pay for?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
• How much does my plan pay per therapy session for an out-of-network provider?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?

If you don’t have insurance coverage for mental health therapy, Stewart Counseling Services collects its full standard fee as described above—payable in cash or by check to Stewart Counseling Services or SCS at the beginning of each session.

Preparation for Coming
At your first session, if possible, please bring a completed intake form, which you may download from this page (hover your cursor over the title of the form to select it). For couples seeking counseling, please bring (in addition to the Intake described above), the intake-couples), which you may download from this page (hover your cursor over the title of the form to select it).

Directions
Our office is located at 15406 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup, Washington 98375. It’s just south of the intersection of Meridian Avenue (Highway 161) and 152nd Street E. If you’re driving south on Meridian Ave., turn right at the DQ Restaurant just after 152nd Street; park at the SilverRock Executive Suites Building (behind the DQ Restaurant). Please use the side door (facing the South Hill Pierce County Library) and take the elevator to the15406 Meridian Ave. E. second floor. Have a seat and relax in the waiting area–Steve will meet you there. (Restrooms at the end of the hall.)

Google map: 15406 Meridian Avenue E., Suite 206, Puyallup, WA 98375.

 

 

 

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