Amber Vial, MFT-A
Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
“Intimacy is not something that just happens between two people; it is a way of being alive. At every moment, we are choosing either to reveal ourselves or to protect ourselves, to value ourselves or to diminish ourselves, to tell the truth or to hide. To dive into life or to avoid it. Intimacy is making the choice to be connected to, rather than isolated from, our deepest truth at that moment."
~ Geneen Roth
Amber Vial is an MFT-A* who has found a deep source of fulfillment and joy working with couples and individuals to help transform the relationships that are most important to them. She values warmth and genuineness and helps her clients grow by developing a therapeutic relationship in which exploration, acceptance, and healing can take place. Her work with clients focuses on healthy boundaries with self and others, identification of overburdened parts, and ineffectual patterns of thinking and behaving. She believes that meaningful relationships are the cornerstone to mental health and wellness and that choosing to live intentionally can bring clarity and peace to our often hectic and stressful lives.
Amber earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Excited to pursue her passion for connecting with others, she went on to earn her Masters of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. When working with couples, Amber utilizes Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy and has been trained in Level 1 of RLT. She has also completed Levels 1 and 2 of The Gottman Method as well as an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) externship. She is currently in training for Internal Family Systems to become an IFS-informed therapist and will soon be completing Phase 1 of Brainspotting to enhance her clinical work. Attachment-based therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy are some of the many other influences in her clinical work with both couples and individuals.
Aside from her professional work, Amber spends her time adventuring with her husband and three young children. She loves good music, great food, and photographic moments.
*An MFT-A is a person who has completed their graduate schooling and is in the process of completing 1500 clinical hours of supervised practice to become a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. The State of Alaska Board of Marital and Family Therapy is responsible for granting an MFT-A his/her license once they have competed the requirements set forth by the Board. Amber practices under the clinical supervision of Mercy Dennis, LMFT, and the mentorship of Ashley M. Barrera, LMFT.
Rates & Insurance
Diagnostic Assessment (1st session) - 90-min $247.50
60-minute session $165/hr
**As an associate, Amber can offer a discounted rate to those with financial need paying out of pocket.
Amber can bill some insurances as an Out of Network Provider, which means that after your deductible is met, your insurance may cover a portion of services and you would be responsible for the remaining amount owed. Please check with your insurance company to see what your Out-of-Network coverage offers.
At this time, Amber is unable to bill Premera, BC/BS, Tri-Care and Medicaid.
GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE
Beginning January 1, 2022, federal laws regulating client care have been updated to include the “No Surprises” Act. This Act requires health care practitioners to provide current and potential clients who are not using insurance a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) on the cost of treatment.
This new regulation is designed to provide transparency to patients regarding their expected medical expenses and to protect them from surprises when they receive their medical bills. It allows patients to understand how much their health care will cost before they receive services.
When you set up services with Coastal Wellness, you will be provided with a verbal Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and will be given a written estimate once services begin. If you are a a current client, you will be provided with a GFE as well. Please contact us at 907-917-0191 with any billing questions.
In addition, the Good Faith Estimate offers specific protections:
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate even if you get superbills, since we are not in-network with insurance.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare service or items.
You have the right to receive your Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your scheduled healthcare service or item. If a service is scheduled at least 10 business days in advance, the Good Faith Estimate must be provided within 3 business days (of the scheduling, not of the appointment itself). If a service is scheduled at least 3 business days in advance, the Good Faith Estimate must be provided within 1 business day of scheduling.
You have the right to request a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a healthcare service or item. For services scheduled less than 3 business days in advance, please note that a Good Faith Estimate is not required by federal law, and will not be provided for you in written form except by request.
You have the right to receive a requested Good Faith Estimate within 3 business days.
You have the right to dispute a bill that exceeds your Good Faith Estimate. The federal government offers a dispute resolution process for this purpose.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions about the dispute process or for more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, please visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.