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Our Fees

Backpack Healthcare’s fees are structured to make care more accessible for you. Addressing your child’s emotional and behavioral challenges can be a long-term process. For that reason, we are in-network with most insurances. We offer competitive self-pay rates to make care accessible for individuals and families who are self-paying. You can also take advantage of lower-cost group sessions.

No Insurance

Self Pay Rates

  • Child Individual (ages 5 – 12). $96 session, 60 minutes
  • Child /Teen Medication Management/Psychiatry Individual (ages 5 – 17). $150/ session, 60 minutes
  • Child Group (ages 5 – 12, limited to 10). $55/session, 60 minutes
  • Teen Group (ages 13 – 17, limited to 10). $55/session, 60 minutes, Telehealth (anonymous)
  • Adult (ages 18+). $96 per session, 60 minutes
  • Family. $150 session, 60 minutes
  • Parents Group (limited to 20). $47 session, 60 minutes

No Insurance

Self Pay 3-Month Commitment Rates

  • Child Individual (ages 5 – 12). $80 session, 60 minutes, 4 sessions/month, $320/month
  • Child /Teen Medication Management/Psychiatry Individual (ages 5 – 17). $125/ session, 4 sessions/month, $500/month
  • Child Group (ages 5 – 12, limited to 10). $44/session, 4 sessions/week, 4 weeks, $176/month
  • Teen Group (ages 13 – 17, limited to 10). $44/session, 4 sessions/week, 4 weeks, $176/month, Telehealth (anonymous)
  • Family. $100 session, 4 sessions/month, $400/month
  • Parents Group (limited to 20). $44 session, 60 minutes, 4 weeks, $176/month

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. In the interest of providing fast, accessible care to all our patients, late cancellations and no shows may be charged a $99 fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you help me ?

We have a diverse staff of specialists, including counselors, psychiatric nurse practitioners and social workers, who can address your child’s specific challenge. We also offer family counseling. Our goal is to make sure you get an appointment when you need it. – usually within 5 days.

What type of therapy do you provide?

We have the ability to diagnose disorders, provide cognitive talk therapy and prescribe medication. Whatever your child is struggling with, we have a specialist to help.

What child counseling do you provide?

We offer therapy and counseling to children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral distress. We offer treatment for a wide range of disorders – including anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior and more.

What ages of children do you counsel?

We treat children and adolescents ranging in age from 6 to 18 years.

What family therapy do you offer?

We offer family counseling to address immediate events – such as a divorce.  We also involve family members to support the successful treatment of an individual child’s therapy.

Do you offer parent coaching?

Yes! We offer special sessions to teach parents strategies and tactics that they can use to build upon the progress we’ve made during our session. We also address common issues such as disagreements in parenting styles, parenting challenges with teenagers, and remote learning support.

Do you have medication management/psychiatry treatment?

Yes. We provide cognitive talk therapy including medication management/psychiatry.

Will my insurance cover my visit?

Medicaid will cover at 100% with no patient responsibility. Commercial insurance plans such as Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Tricare may apply a co-pay, deductible or coinsurance that you would be responsible for.

We are in-network with ALL Medicaid Managed Care Organizations such as  Aetna Better Health, AMERIGROUP Community Care, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield Community Health Plan Maryland, Jai Medical Systems, Maryland Physicians Care, MedStar Family Choice, Priority Partners and United Healthcare Community Plan. If you have Maryland Medicaid and your insurance is not listed, please go to  and search MCO for the updated list of accepted insurances. We also accept commercial insurance plans such as Aetna, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield ( BCBS) United Healthcare ( UHC ) and Tricare East Region.

If your insurance is Out of Network, you are welcomed to pay at our reasonably priced self-pay rates and a HCFA-1500 claim form can be provided for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

What are my payment options for treatment?

You have the choice to pay our reasonably priced self-pay rates at each individual or family session or you can save more by joining our discounted 3 Month Subscription plan. Please see rates and plan description HERE

Who are the therapists?

Our counselors are licensed, trained, and experienced, and have the ability to make diagnoses, provide therapy and prescribe medication. All therapists are licensed in Maryland.

What do these letters after the therapists name mean?

This is one we get a lot. Here is how we designate our staff members.

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner – Psychiatric Mental Health (CRNP-PMH)
Accredited psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
Clinical social workers (LCSW_C/LCSW/LMSW) 
Licensed counselors (LCPC/LGPC)
Family therapist (LCMFT/LGMFT)

What are my options for counseling sessions?

To give you faster access to care, all sessions are conducted remotely. You can choose a video conference through a secure patient portal or an audio phone call.

Do you have in-office counseling?

We believe in the power of telehealth — to help patients feel more comfortable, to make appointments more accessible, and to keep therapy on track. For that reason, in-office visits are not available. But we may revisit that decision over time.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. Our model is designed so that you can get an appointment in less than 5 days. We are also available by text, email and our patient portal messaging.

Will I see the same therapist each time?

Yes, however you can request to transfer to a different therapist if you’d like.

What if I need help now?

Our model is designed to give you faster access to care. Chances are you can get an appointment in less than 5 days. If you are in crisis, do not use this site. Please call 988 or use this resource to get immediate help.

What if we need help between therapy sessions?

You can contact our Care Coordination team to schedule an appointment if needed in between regularly scheduled appointments.  by call/text at 866.968.6342 Mon-Fri 8am-7pM, Sat & Sun 8am-12pm EST. You will also have your clinician’s email address to contact them in between sessions.

How will I communicate with my therapist?

We are available by remote video and audio sessions. Of course, your therapist is available via text, email and our patient portal messaging whenever you may need them.

What if I cancel or miss an appointment?

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. In the interest of providing fast, accessible care to all our patients, “no shows” may be charged a $99 fee.

Do I attend my child’s therapy session?

Therapy is a place where children have an opportunity to openly and honestly discuss things that affect them. Parents are encouraged to attend the intake session with their child to provide assistance and then the child may meet with a therapist independently for a portion. The child, parent, and therapist will work together to determine if independent sessions are best for the child and develop a plan for additional family or parent sessions.

How do I know about my child’s therapy session?

You will be able to get this information from the patient portal.

Can I access my child’s patient portal? Does my child have access to their patient portal?

If you are the legal guardian, you will be able to access your child’s portal. Children 16 years or older will  also have access to it.

How do I get started?