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What is the fee?
My current fee is $220 per 50-minute session for individual or couple therapy. The fee for clinical consultation to other therapists is $175. I hold some reduced fee slots in my practice for people with clear financial need. I encourage you to call me to discuss your individual situation. If I am unable to accommodate you, I can refer you to a trusted colleague or training clinic.
Do you take insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels and do not work directly with any insurance companies. If you would like to submit a claim to your insurance, I can give you a superbill with the information needed. I encourage you to call your insurance company about the details of your out-of-network coverage. I can help you with the questions to ask. If you plan to do therapy via telehealth, the amount covered may be different than the coverage for in-person sessions.
Good Faith Estimate/No Surprises Act
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
How often are the sessions?
I will likely recommend that we meet once weekly, at the same time each week whenever possible. I have found that this consistency allows for a trusting working relationship to form more easily, and that when people come in less frequently there is more time spent "catching up" and less time spent addressing the underlying causes of your distress. Sometimes people choose to come in twice weekly to deepen the work, or in times of crisis, or when their problems have not been adequately addressed in other therapies. We can discuss whether this option could benefit you.
How do I choose a therapist?
Making the decision to begin therapy is significant. You are committing time and resources to an endeavor that you want to be as beneficial as possible. Many factors may contribute to your decision about whether to work with a particular therapist, both logistical and personal. Our initial meetings are a chance to see how it feels to work together and to determine if therapy can help you with your concerns. If we are not the right fit, I have many talented colleagues with a range of specialties and am happy to make a referral.
My office is located on Grand Avenue north of Lake Merritt, close to the neighborhoods of Piedmont, Rockridge, Temescal, Adams Point, and Lakeshore.