Dr. Jennifer Page Hughes is a licensed psychologist with a practice on the South Shore of Boston in Hingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Hughes offers short-term counseling and longer-term psychotherapy with young adults and adults, primarily in the surrounding towns of Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Norwell, Hanover, Kingston, Pembroke, Duxbury, Weymouth, Hull, and Braintree.

 

location

The office is located on the 2nd floor of Suite 5 at 210 Whiting Place, just past the intersection of Whiting Street and Route 53.

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payment

The fee for the initial 60-minute session is $160; the fee for subsequent routine 50-minute sessions is $140 per session. 

Dr. Hughes is also an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, and the United Behavioral Health plans (including Harvard Pilgrim).

expectations

My approach to the counseling relationship is collaborative and active. My goal is to help you feel comfortable about sharing what’s most important to you and to assist you in best meeting your goals.


Forms

Please download these forms and fill them out prior to your first session.


Therapy Approach & Style

My theoretical orientation is integrationist and I will draw upon the principles of humanistic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches according to your presenting concerns and needs.

Most important to our work is the trusting, nurturing therapy relationship that we build together as we focus on helping you take positive steps toward your goals.


Is it a Dr.'s Office?

No. Dr. Hughes' office is warm and inviting. You will find it is set up like a living room and designed to allow you to make yourself comfortable and to facilitate open and helpful conversation in a safe, confidential space.

The office is located in a suite of offices complete with a waiting/reception area, bathroom, and water bubbler.


First Visit

When you arrive you are invited to take a seat in the reception area on the second floor of the Suite 5 building. Dr. Hughes will greet you and ask you to complete some basic paperwork before the start of the session. You may want to plan on arriving five minutes early to allow time to complete the required paperwork.

Dr. Hughes will invite you in to her office and to take a seat wherever you feel comfortable. She will collect from you the completed paperwork and your payment or co-payment for the first session.

Once these administrative tasks are out of the way, Dr. Hughes will start the session by providing you with some information about what you can expect in that first session and will ask you to share with her what prompted you to contact her initially.

From there she will facilitate a conversation so that she can get to know you and your concerns, questions and goals. The initial session is usually 45-50 minutes in length.

Dr. Hughes will let you know when there are five minutes remaining so that you and she can identify appropriate next steps, including scheduling a next appointment.


What Should I Bring?

You should plan to bring with you payment for the initial session.

If you plan to pay out of pocket, the fee for the initial session is $160 and you should bring that amount in the form of either cash or check.


Using Insurance

First, you should call the Member Services number on your insurance card to ask if I am a provider for your plan and how much of the session is covered.  

Once you provide your insurance information to Dr. Hughes, she will take care of billing for all attended sessions.

You are responsible, however, for keeping track of how many sessions you have attended and how many are covered by your insurance plan. You are also responsible for any missed appointments or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. These can not be billed to insurance.

Please note that if you plan to use insurance for payment that you are responsible for understanding how your insurance plan works and for obtaining any referrals or authorizations needed prior to our first meeting. 

 

Questions to ask your Insurance Provider

I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, and the United Behavioral Health plans (including Harvard Pilgrim). If you plan to use insurance as payment, you should contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:

  • What is the co-payment amount for which I am responsible at each session?
  • Do I have a yearly session limit and, if so, what is that limit?
  • Do I need to obtain a referral or a pre-authorization to use my mental health benefits? If so, can you tell me the steps I need to take to obtain such authorization?

If I am not a provider for your insurance plan, you may have out-of-network benefits that would cover all or a percentage of my fee. If you’d like to find out whether your insurance company will reimburse you for the cost of counseling/therapy, you should contact your insurance company. Some of the questions you might ask include:

  • Do I have out of network benefits to see a licensed psychologist?
  • If so, what percentage of the session fee do you cover?
  • What is the deductible, and how much of the deductible have I met? 
  • How many sessions are covered, and in what time period?
  • How do I access the form(s) needed to submit a request for reimbursement?