2021 Service Change Update: Due to the high demand and clinical success of teletherapy services, Telka is no longer offering face to face therapy from an office location on Michigan Ave. in East Lansing. Brief, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, cognitive processing therapy is highly adaptable for service delivery over the phone. Teletherapy eliminates travel time, expense, and carbon footprint, while also maintaining high rates of clinical success and patient satisfaction.
Hours for teletherapy are offered by appointment only for current and former clients. For mental health emergencies contact 911 or Community Mental Health. To find 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, 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
Telka's service line is available for:
Service Restrictions: A brief therapy model is not compatible treatment for psychiatric emergencies, case management, legal issues, active addictions, disability, severe and chronic physical or mental illness including episodes of suicidal or self-injurious behavior nor for those with histories of recent hospitalizations.
Service Hours: Teletherapy services are limited to current and former clients who are available to schedule teletherapy on weekdays between the hours of 9a and 3p.
Scheduling: Due to high demand for services, new referrals are not accepted. Former clients may contact Telka directly to resume individual therapy. Couples and Family therapy are no longer offered. Telka schedules her own appointments. Email is the fastest way to contact Telka at Therapy@TelkaArend-Ritter.com
If you are interested in 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 22 to 62)
3. Occupation, employer and whether or not you have located Telka's name in your mental health provider directory.
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. Suicide Prevention Hot line