Whitney Whitman, LPC
Director of Operations
Licensed Professional Counselor
Whitney M. Whitman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been providing mental health services in Alaska since 2002. Whitney received a Bachelor Degree in Writing, Literature and Art Education from The New School for Social Research in New York City (now New School University), a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Vermont, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University. In addition to the private practice she began in 2008, Whitney has also worked in adolescent residential treatment environments and in crisis intervention at Providence Alaska Medical Center. From 2013-2016, Whitney was an Adjunct Professor in Group Therapy for the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program at Alaska Pacific University.
Whitney began her career as a performance artist and poet in New York City. Her artwork was consistently socially relevant, charged with the energy and belief that human beings harness the magical ability to create reality out of our imaginations. She felt her role as an artist was to assist others in engaging with their own creative process. She developed interactive performance pieces with her audience to address topics such as stress, fear, closure, balance, and freedom. It seemed a natural transition to transition her artistic ideas into the counseling arena.
After living all over the Eastern part of America, from Vermont to Tennessee, Whitney moved to Alaska in 2002. It is here that she has created a home with her family and built a thriving professional practice.
People choose to begin counseling for many reasons. Entering a relationship with a counselor is an important decision made with the hope and faith that we can feel better and learn to live happier, more balanced lives. Whitney believes that her role as a counselor is to assist you in reconnecting with strengths that you already possess, and to help you in developing new skills and techniques that empower you to live your dreams and meet your goals.
Whitney is an active and direct counselor. She will choose an intervention or therapeutic model as needed to address a particular client’s needs at a particular time. She will also create her own interventions for clients that are individually personalized. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop strategies for meeting their therapeutic goals and identifying barriers that may be preventing success.
Whitney specializes in working with adults on developing a better understanding and improved behavior for healthy relationships, self-worth, identity, parenting, and major life transitions. Whitney utilizes a family systems approach to helping her clients understand how their childhood experiences and narratives inform their present sense of self. Whitney also specializes in working with couples and families to facilitate stronger relationships, healthy rituals, and communication skills. Whitney is a divorce expert and provides counseling services for people who are grieving the end of a marriage and managing the stress of restructuring their family.
Whitney is also a Professional Family Mediator, offering non-clinical services such as Divorce/Dissolution Mediation, Coparenting Facilitation, Parenting Coordination, Expert Witness and Divorce Consultation/Coaching. Whitney is an expert in child development in the context of high conflict divorce and coparenting. If you are interested in these services, please contact Whitney directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and see her website www.whitneywhitman.com
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Rates & Insurance
Diagnostic Assessment (1st session) - 90-min $375
60-minute session $250/hr
Whitney can bill your 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.