2021 Service Change Update: Due to the high demand and clinical success of teletherapy services, Telka is no longer offering face to face therapy services from an office location on Michigan Ave. in East Lansing. Brief, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy is highly adaptable with service delivery over the phone. Teletherapy eliminates travel time and expense, childcare limitations, reduces leave time from employment and caregiver duties, while also maintaining high rates of clinical success and satisfaction.
Hours for teletherapy are offered by appointment only for current and returning former clients. Telka is limited in her ability to accommodate new clients, please see details regarding new service requests below. For mental health emergencies contact 911 or Community Mental Health. To locate a local provider who meets your individual needs by location, insurance coverage and specialty area visit www.PsychologyToday
1. The Mental Health or customer service number on the back of your insurance card may assist you with details of your outpatient mental health coverage including a list of contracted providers.
2. Be sure to clarify that your provider search is for a mental health LMSW social worker.
3. Clarify your copay and deductible amounts to determine your "out-of-pocket" expense. Inquire cost of teletherapy for procedure codes 90791 (Evaluation) and 90837 (60 minute psychotherapy.)
Telka is a contracted "in-network" mental health provider for : *Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Care network (BCN), *Cigna Trustmark, *Cofinity, HAP, Health Plus, PHP, Messa, and McLaren and SPN.
If you do not find Telka listed in your provider directory, check your "out of network" coverage.
Telka is NOT contracted with: Cigna Behavioral Health, Humana, Ingham Health Plan, Medicaid, Medicare, Priority Health, Tri-Care, United Health Care or Employee Assistance Programs.
*Specific policies have complicated rules and exclusions so the bottom line is to search your mental health provider directory using Telka's National Provider ID of 1013066067
Hours: Services are limited to those who are available to schedule teletherapy weekdays between the hours of 9a and 3p.
Service restrictions : Telka is no longer accepting referrals for children, teens, families, couples or senior citizens. Her brief treatment model is not compatible with legal issues, addictions, disability, severe and chronic physical or mental illness including episodes of suicidal and self-injurious behavior nor for those with histories of recent hospitalizations.
Return to service request: Telka schedules her own appointments. Email is the fastest way to contact Telka at Therapy@TelkaArend-Ritter.com
If you are interested in resuming brief, solution-focused services, please include the following information:
1. Your name now and the name you used during your prior work with Telka,
2. Your current age, (Services limited to those who are now between the ages of ages 21 to 62)
3. Occupation and employer.
New service request: If you are highly motivated, insightful and interested in change, then Telka's tools and services may be a good match. Telka helps people who desire skills, strategies and evidenced based treatment models to guide them toward healthier coping and improved stress management. If you would like to align your thoughts, emotions and behaviors with your values, email Telka directly with your service request. Because she is limited in her ability to accommodate new service requests, Telka welcomes you to use her Mental Help Resources including videos and worksheets with the mental health provider of your choice.
To cancel or reschedule a telephone appointment, please provide 24 hour or more advance notice via email to Therapy@TelkaArend-Ritter.com. Please keep in mind that short notice cancellations prevent others from receiving services during that reserved time. Although Telka does not charge cancellation fees, repeated cancellations indicate that current scheduling practices are not working. Repeated cancellations will result in termination of services.
Telka's tools, resources and recommendations are not a substitute for mental health treatment or intended to be used as medical care. This site is not intended to diagnose or treat psychiatric or medical conditions. Always consult your own health care professional for the treatment of mental illness.
Report to the nearest emergency room when you have a mental health emergency. Telka does not offer emergency services or crisis intervention. Telka is not a physician, does not prescribe medication.