Melissa O'Neill, Ph.D., LPC, CEDS, CMCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Melissa O’Neill is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Melissa’s focus on healing begins with acknowledging that each of us is inherently valuable, the space we inhabit matters, and sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are not true. Together with Melissa you will work to unearth your personal values and meaning, and to rewrite those harmful stories in order to live a full life integral to your true self.
As the only counselor in Alaska with the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designation, Melissa is passionate about providing care and education to her clients, their loved ones, and the community. Having worked with folks with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders in higher levels of care since 2013, Melissa understands the complex nature of these issues and is committed to helping her clients find the freedom that healing and recovery can bring.
In addition to working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating/exercise, and body image distress, Melissa is also passionate about supporting individuals across the spectrum of motherhood, working with military service members and dependents, supporting folks through life transitions and relational adjustments, and is an LGBTQIA+ affirming provider. Melissa views therapy as existential in nature. She weaves self-compassion, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) into her approach.
Melissa grew up in the Heartland but has lived coast-to-coast with the military in her adult life before settling in Alaska. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Eastern New Mexico University, and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Adams State University. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the mountains or at the lake with her family; reading, cycling, and yoga.
Rates & Insurance
Diagnostic Assessment (1st session) - 90-min $340
60-minute session $225/hr
Melissa can bill your health insurance 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 find out what your Out-of-Network coverage offers.
Please note that Tri-Care and Medicaid are not accepted at this time.
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.