Serving Clients in Colorado and Ohio
Services that are delivered with live video teletherapy are available to residents in Ohio and Colorado, only, due to state licensing laws.
In-person services take place in Grand Junction, CO are available.
Online courses (coming soon) are available to anyone anywhere!
About Dr. MacIntire
Hi, I'm Dr. Mae MacIntire. I am a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. I have a Master's of Science in Psychology, with a focus in sport psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Counseling Psychologists receive additional training in career and workplace issues in addition to other mental health and wellness issues. I chose to pursue an additional specialty in gerontology during my PhD training, but I have applied training as a generalist in clinical services and began seeing clients during my doctoral training, starting in 2006. I have also been a college instructor since 2004, which has kept me up-to-date on recent developments in Psychology in the scientific literature. I am passionate about providing the best services that I can for my clients. Sometimes, this means helping you find another qualified mental health professional who works with conditions that I do not. Many times, it means that I will consult the scientific literature to make sure that we both have the best understanding of your symptoms or diagnosis and that we are aware of the most promising treatment options.
While I am trained in several treatment approaches, my primary approach is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. ACT is considered to be a modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With ACT, the focus of treatment is on changing a person's relationship to their thoughts, increasing contact with their values, and fostering psychological flexibility. ACT is an empirically valid treatment for a number of conditions and it continues to be researched. It is one of the treatment strategies employed by Psychologists who work at VA Hospitals, due to its efficacy with a broad range of conditions. I also use ACT and mindfulness approaches with Sport Psychology to help athletes and coaches become more resilient in competition and in life.
Career Counseling, Health Coaching and Sport Psychology fees are $125-150 per session. Half-sessions are available.
Fees for workshops and presentations vary based on travel, length of workshop, number of people present, and cost of material.
Fees for research are negotiated based on the type of research, time required, and other factors.
No Surprises Law information: A federal law was enacted in January 2022 that was meant to curtail surprise bills by large hospitals, where some providers may be a part of an insurance network and others not a part of a patient's insurance network. The sentiment of the law is admirable, but the application is currently a bit of a disaster for small single-member entities like most mental health providers. The No Surprises Law requires a Good Faith Estimate of all services a patient who is paying out of pocket might need in advance of their appointment. This is much easier to accomplish for hospitals who have standardized procedures and equipment for a specific diagnosis (e.g., a broken arm requires an x-ray, cast, and a physician). The law is a poor fit for mental health service provision, as we already post our standard rates for the public and mental health treatment is much more individualized, perhaps a bit more like physical or speech therapy. We can't know for sure how long a patient may need therapy, particularly since we have no way of predicting what life-events may arise over the course of treatment or which of our patients may respond quickly to therapy and which may take more time to progress. Therefore, this practice will provide Good Faith Estimates for out-of-pocket payers (i.e., those not using insurance) and only for services that qualify as medical services (i.e., psychotherapy for a diagnosable mental health condition). Good Faith Estimates will be written in 2-month increments and will be revised as necessary. To read the official disclosure regarding Good Faith Estimates, please click HERE.
Not all services provided through this practice are medical and are not subject to the No Surprises Law. Non-medical services include Sport Psychology, most Evaluations/ Assessments, Court Testimony, Career Counseling, Workshops, Health Coaching, and Psychotherapy for personal insight. All fees are already published on this website and in practice documents. Unlike a large hospital, there are no secrets about the cost of services here.
If you are participating in group therapy for depression, anxiety or another clinical mental health condition, you are likely eligible to use health insurance to cover your sessions. Health Insurers do not cover services that are not deemed "medically necessary," including health coaching, career counseling, and sport psychology.
If you are interested in Group Therapy for a clinical mental health condition, Dr. MacIntire uses Sondermind and Headway to process insurance. Sondermind's and Headway's contracts with insurance companies vary by insurer and sometimes by program. Neither Headway nor Sondermind take Medicaid, unfortunately.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to using health insurance?
The biggest advantage to using your health insurance is that you can make progress toward paying your deductible. Health insurance will not cover therapy if there are no mental health conditions present, so if you are seeking personal insight or performance optimization, you will not be able to use your health insurance to pay for services.
One disadvantage is that a diagnosis is required for your treatment to be covered. This diagnosis becomes a part of your permanent healthcare record. This could have consequences for you if your career is contingent on mental health diagnosis (e.g., pilots, military, etc.).
Another disadvantage is that your health insurance can request session notes from your work with a mental health provider in an audit of your treatment. While they do this to prevent fraud, if your health insurance company decides that you have improved enough, they will refuse to cover the cost of further services and may even take back some of the reimbursements they have paid, leaving you with a much larger bill than you may have expected.
Alternatives to using health insurance
Requesting shorter sessions and/or spacing them out (i.e., every 2 weeks).
Attending group therapy. This is a much more affordable option and you have the additional advantage of the additional support.
Using an FSA or HSA account. If you have a health savings account through an employer, you should inquire about using it to cover therapy services.
Using your employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many employers offer 5-6 sessions of therapy per year. This is often enough for many people to get started. Speak to your HR representative about EAP benefits.
Please call to schedule a brief phone call (15min or less) to see if we are a good match. If we agree to work together, you will be sent a link to complete paperwork and request appointments through a secure HIPAA-compliant portal. If we are using video sessions, you will be sent an additional link to my HIPAA compliant video and messaging portal.
Remote appointments are available. In-person appointments are available in Colorado and require COVID-19 screening and masks may be required, depending on current Colorado state licensing board requirements.
Phone: (970) 609-9810
**If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.** The phone number listed above for scheduling purposes, only, and is NOT for crisis services.
Important information for requesting release of a file:
If you need to request your file, you may request it from Dr. MacIntire if you paid for your services on your own.
If an organization paid for your services (e.g., Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Human Services, Social Security Administration, etc.), Dr. MacIntire is not legally allowed to release it. If you or a family member did not pay for your services, the file belongs to the agency that paid for your evaluation and you must request it directly from them**
For previous clients who directly paid for their services and wish to request their records, please complete the Release of Information form and mail it to Dr. Mae MacIntire, 181 Elm Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501.