Date of Client Contact:

Date of Good Faith Estimate:

Good Faith Estimate

This is NOT a legally binding contract. Any client can stop treatment when they wish and NOT be financially responsible for any appointments beyond the end of treatment.


Provider: Joanna Poppink, MFT

NPI:1427713270 EIN 87-4229305

Physical Location: 10573 West Pico Blvd. #20, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Alternate Location: POS 10 or 02 for telehealth

Common Diagnosis Codes: Below are common diagnosis codes; however, the list is not exhaustive. With that said, diagnosis codes can change based on many factors. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Adjustment Disorder (F43.23)
  • Bulimia nervosa (F50.2)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (F40.10)
  • PTSD (F43.10)
  • Depression (F32.0-F33.3)
  • OCD (F42.9)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (F41.1)
  • Eating disorder, unspecified (F50.9)
  • Anorexia (F50.02; F50.00)
  • Sleep terrors (F51.4)
  • Somatization disorder (F45.0)
  • State of emotional shock and stress, unspecified (F45.7)

(See more complete list of possible diagnoses at end of this document)

Joanna recognizes every client's situation, readiness and background contributing to her therapy journey is unique. How long you need to engage in therapy and how often you attend sessions will be influenced by unexpected or changing circumstances. If increased stress and anxiety develops during the challenging process of depth psychotherapy, it is not unusual for a client to request extra sessions and/or increase frequency of sessions.

Together we will continually assess the appropriate frequency of therapy and will work to determine when you have met your goals and are ready for discharge.

Where services will be delivered.

• I am currently only providing services via telehealth until further notice; as such, all benefits will be quoted as virtual unless indicated otherwise in the notes section of this document.


Client Information

This Good Faith Estimate is specifically tailored for:


Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: _______________________________________________________________


Client’s Contact Preference: Rank in order 1, 2, 3, 4.

Post ______ Text______ Phone _____ Email _____

Client Diagnosis

As a therapist, I must diagnosis clients for both ethical, legal, and insurance reasons -- as well as required by the "No Surprises Act."

Your Good Faith Estimate diagnosis is:

Z13.30 Encounter for screening for mental health diagnosis

This diagnosis is only to satisfy the federal requirement for this form and is not a formal psychological diagnosis. A formal diagnosis occurs after an assessment has been completed, which typically occurs 1-5 sessions after beginning psychotherapy. If you choose to decline a formal diagnosis, I will not update this GFE.

It is within your rights to decline a diagnosis per state and federal guidelines.


Your Financial Responsibility Summary

For a good faith estimate: the amount you would owe if you were to attend therapy for 52 sessions in a year (weekly, without skipping any weeks for holidays, break, vacation, unplanned events/sickness, etc.). The "Good Faith Estimate" requires practitioners to provide an exact estimate and not a range.

Out of an abundance of caution and transparency, I will only quote weekly appointments.


Service: Individual Therapy 38-52 minutes

Billing Code: 90834

Provider Charge: $275.00

Good Faith Estimate Disclaimers:

• This Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created.

• This Good Faith Estimate is designed for public information on Joanna Poppink’s website. After your initial free consultation with Joanna you will receive a personalized Good Faith Estimate tailored to your agreement with Joanna.

• The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. If this happens, federal law allows you to dispute (appeal) the bill.

• The Good Faith Estimate does not include services not provided by your provider that you may need and that your provider may recommend. For instance, the Good Faith Estimate does not include the cost of seeking medication for mental health.

• The Good Faith Estimate is an estimate for services only and does not include other fees, such as fees for cancelling less than 24 hours in advance. These fees are outlined in the informed consent that is signed before the start of therapy services and that you have control over.

• This Good Faith Estimate is not a contract and does not obligate you to receive the services listed nor does it obligate you to receive the services listed by this provider.

• If you are billed for more than this Good Faith Estimate, you have the right to dispute the bill.

• You may contact the health care provider or facility listed to let them know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate. You can ask them to update the bill to match the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available.

• You may also start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill.

• There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the agency reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate. If the agency disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount.

• To learn more and get a form to start the process, go to or call 800-985-3059. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit or call 800-985-3059.

  • Keep a copy of this Good Faith Estimate in a safe place or take pictures of it. You may need it if you are billed a higher amount.

ICD-10 Mental Health Billable Diagnosis Codes in Alphabetical Order by Description Last updated 11/6/17 Page 1 of 17 IICD-10 Mental Health Billable Diagnosis Codes in Alphabetic Order by Description Note: SSIS stores ICD-10 code descriptions up to 100 characters. Actual code description can be longer than 100 characters. ICD-10 Diagnosis Code ICD-10 Diagnosis

F41.0 Panic Disorder (episodic paroxysmal anxiety)

F43.0 Acute stress reaction

F43.22 Adjustment disorder with anxiety

F43.21 Adjustment disorder with depressed mood

F43.24 Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct

F43.23 Adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood

F43.25 Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct

F43.29 Adjustment disorder with other symptoms

F43.20 Adjustment disorder, unspecified

F50.82 Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder

F51.02 Adjustment insomnia

F40.02 Agoraphobia without panic disorder

F40.00 Agoraphobia, unspecified

F50.02 Anorexia nervosa, binge eating/purging type

F50.01 Anorexia nervosa, restricting type

F50.00 Anorexia nervosa, unspecified

F41.9 Anxiety disorder, unspecified

F50.2 Bulimia nervosa

F60.7 Dependent personality disorder

F48.1 Depersonalization-derealization syndrome

F50.9 Eating disorder, unspecified

F40.231 Fear of injections and transfusions

F41.1 Generalized anxiety

F48.9 Nonpsychotic mental disorder, unspecified

F50.8 Other eating

F41.3 Other mixed anxiety

F43.8 Other reactions to severe stress

F45.8 Other somatoform disorders

F32.89 Other specified depressive episodes

F50.89 Other specified eating disorder

F41.8 Other specified anxiety disorders

F43.12 Post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic

F43.10 Post-traumatic stress disorder, unspecified

F51.9 Sleep disorder not due to a substance or known physiological condition, unspecified

F51.4 Sleep terrors [night terrors

F45.0 Somatization disorder

F45.9 Somatoform disorder, unspecified

F45.7 State of emotional shock and stress, unspecified

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Reflections on Eating Disorder Recovery: development and narcissistic abuse

After over 30 years of doing eating disorder recovery work with adults I clearly see that the disorder developed as a way of coping with otherwise insurmountable emotional distress. Whether the cause is a natural developmental weakness or a healthy developmental process that is thwarted by subtle or blatant trauma varies with the individual. Either way, healing and recovery has to do with rebooting the natural and healthy developmental process in the person.

I'm also seeing in many eating disorder clients a past or present or continued relationship with narcissists. The clients often are not aware they are subject to narcissistic abuse because they don't recognize it.

As they continue to experience the abuse their ability to think clearly and function well erodes. They feel guilt and shame. They feel isolated and overwhelmed with responsibilities.

The eating disorder gives them a break and creates a mindless zone of perceived safety. With these people, and this seems to be a growing population, recognizing abuse and discovering, then defending personal boundaries, is key to the beginning of solid recovery.

Please share your opinions and experience on this sensitive a painful topic.

Coming out of Narcissist Abuse at Christmas

fire heart 961194 640(Example of healing self talk and the power of journal writing. printed with permission)  *pix

Christmas is coming, and I’m alone. I feel abandoned by a world of people who are happily busy in gayety and plans for more.

Is this true? Do my feelings reflect reality?

My family is punishing me for not being obedient. I am stretching my heart and mind into realms that intrigue me and offer me new satisfying direction. That's belittled.

I’m not included in celebrations. I’m invited to events with 20 minutes notice. I don’t respond.

But I will go to the ballet with my friend this week-end.  I will have a long chat with my friend in the morning. I do go to parties given by colleagues. I am going out of town for a joyous week with friends.

I am not stripping myself of energy, time and money to perform people pleasing behavior for people who are never pleased.  And I feel frightened and alone.

I miss the sense of companionship. But that companionship was in my mind. The reality was that I shopped, packaged and wrapped alone. I brought the completed sack of gifts as my Christmas offering and put them under the tree alone. Children with happy greedy faces watched, and that was fine. Until, as the years went by, it wasn’t fine. The young faces looked strained, and the older faces looked more and more judgmental.and dismissive.

I got tired and lonely when I was with them. Gifts I gave to the adults were criticized or laughed at. Gifts I received were irrelevant or were gifts of promised future activities that never materialized. Spa days. Luncheons. Trips to museums and libraries. I got the promises in cards but not the actual delivery.

This loneliness and aloneness I feel now, is it any different from what I felt when I was with them?

OMG! It’s the same feeling! This sorrow and isolation might be better because I can feel these feelings without pretending that I don’t. I don’t have to smile and try to look like I was happy and having a good time. This trembling in my wrists. This hollow in my chest. This throbbing behind my eyes. This choking in my throat. This feeling of being on the outside, valueless and ignored is not because I miss them. This is what I feel when I’m with them.

My revelation. These feelings are a hangover. I can explore them, address them, dissolve them and move on. It’s hard, but it’s possible.  I’m not lost.

I’m claiming my own experience. Coming out from the shadows of their experience where I did my best to conform, obey and please I’m now in a new space. My space. I can create and invite and explore and give based on my authentic heart. I trust my psychtherapist and the process of my psychotherapy.  I do have friends I care about. I care about people and bring value to the world. I do have interests I follow with enthusiasm. My creativity is coming back. I feel more alive.

Suddenly I feel a compassion and tenderness for the narcissists in my family as the distance between us increases.  I can love and not be sacrificial. I can care and still plunge into my own opening vistas of welcome experience. I have the strength and power to recognize the source of my pain and move away from it. I can maintain my energy and deliver it to what I consider worthwhile destinations. No more pouring myself into demanding emptiness.

My pain will come and go. I trust that as I heal, pain will lessen and life energy will increase.

If I’m with my authentic heart I’m not alone for Christmas or any other time.

(I’m not including a case history or analysis of this journal entry. As it stands I think it may speak to others in or emerging from the grip of a narcissist. The writer doesn’t reveal gender. This is an open story and perhaps a needed Christmas present for many. Joanna Poppink)

*pix Fire Heart  Image by Gloria Williams from Pixabay   Attend to the sensations of your physical heart. They are connected to your emotional heart.  If your physical heart burns, respect the feeling. Bring it to consciousness. Move away from danger. Let heart fire burn away the nets and weapons striking you. Rest easy knowing your authentic heart will guide you if you attend and respect its messages. Joanna Poppink

Dr. Les Carter, youtube series on various aspects of narcissism. His many short informative videos I find valuable.  He delivers stories and information in a warm, concise and yet powerful way. I think, if you are exploring your possible experience with narcissistic people you will find a few or many of his videos mind opening with specific tools to help you cope or escape from narcissistics in your life.

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