Why work with me?

  • I love what I do!  I’ve been working as a therapist for over a decade and continuously strive to be a lifelong learner.  Being authentic in the presence of another is key to building a collaborative, empathic working therapeutic relationship.
  • I take my role as a therapist seriously and strive to help you discover parts of yourself and your functioning that may be outside of your awareness.  I expect that you also come ready to work to uncover what underlies the pain points in your life.
  • I approach individuals with compassion, empathy and a desire to understand your struggles.  I also am mindful of when to push individuals to challenge themselves and uncover an understanding of how and why they function as they do.

What are your office hours and location?

Practice Hours:

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 12pm – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 8am – 5pm

Sessions are by appointment only

218 N. Lee St.
Suite 303
Third Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact Info:

Office Phone: 202-909-3660

Email: dr.desiree.pearson@protonmail.com

*I will personally return your phone call or email usually within 24 hours.

What are your Fees?

Our initial session will be spent focusing on getting to know you and your needs and determining next steps for the best course of treatment.

  • Initial Diagnostic Interview (45 minutes)-$275
  • Individual Psychotherapy (45 minutes)-$275
  • Couples Psychotherapy (50 minutes)-$300
  • Payment:

Payment is due in full at the time of service.  Payments may be made with exact-amount cash, check, credit/debit card, HSA debit card.  Credit cards accepted are Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

Do you accept Insurance?

Desiree Pearson, Ph.D. does not accept insurance, including Medicare.  Documentation will be provided with a receipt of services if you would like to use your out of network insurance benefits.  You may submit this documentation to your insurance company for partial reimbursement.  It is highly recommended that you call your insurance company to verify out of network coverage for outpatient mental health services.

Questions to ask your insurance company to verify out of network coverage:

-Do I have out of network benefits?

-If I have have out of network benefits, what is my out of network deductible?

-Once my out of network deductible is reached, how does reimbursement work and what percentage of reimbursement will I receive?

To receive more specific information regarding out of network reimbursement, it is often helpful to provide the following information to your insurance:

-You will be submitting claims for “Individual Psychotherapy, Outpatient, 50 minutes”=CPT code 90834 or “Marriage/Couples Psychotherapy, 50 minutes”=CPT code 90847.

-The current fee is $275 for CPT code 90834 or 90847

-Zip code is 22314 (reimbursement varies based on location)

-You are working with a licensed clinical psychologist who is an out of network provider (does not have a contract with any insurance panels).

*If further questions remain, Dr. Pearson will gladly provide guidance to you in seeking answers from your insurance company.

Reasons I do not accept insurance:

-You are in control of your care including choosing your therapist, length of treatment, location.  No pre-authorization is required from insurance companies and there are no limits on the number of sessions permitted.  Your insurance company determines if treatment will or will not be covered.

-Increased privacy and confidentiality (except for limits of confidentiality).  Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed when an insurance company requires information to approve or justify continued therapy services.

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

●      You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
●      Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
●      If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
●      Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059.