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Do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance directly. If you have a PPO insurance plan, we would be considered an out-of-network provider. Depending on your PPO plan, you can get reimbursed around 20-80% of the session fee. If you are interested in using your PPO insurance, we suggest you call them and ask about their policy on out-of-network behavioral health care. You will want to know (1) the amount of your deductible, (2) what percentage of behavioral health services they will reimburse for out of network providers, and (3) whether there are limits on the number of visits per calendar year. Should you choose to come to the here for treatment, you will be required to pay for your session in full at the time of service. Your therapist will provide you with a monthly statement (“superbill”) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What are your fees?
Rates for therapy are $250 for a 50-minute session for a doctoral-level clinician and $150 for a masters-level clinician, comparable to those for similar services in the Bay Area. You may be able to get partial reimbursement through your insurance company (see above). Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.
How long does therapy last?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is designed to be a time-limited approach. Our goal is to help clients “be their own therapist” so they do not feel the need to be in therapy indefinitely. Many clients and families notice improvement within several sessions. The length of treatment depends on a number of factors, such as the treatment goals, presentation of issues, and engagement in treatment. Typically, benefits are experienced more quickly when clients are able to practice skills outside of session and maintain weekly appointments. To make sure you feel you’re on the right track, you and your therapist will set measurable treatment goals. These goals will be part of the treatment plan and will be monitored throughout therapy. Clients always have opportunities to ask for feedback on their progress and to re-evaluate treatment goals to meet their needs.
How frequent are appointments?
For the best chance of rapid and lasting gains, we initially recommend weekly sessions. Options for more frequent sessions are available too. As you or your child experience a greater confidence in managing symptoms, sessions can be spaced out to every other week. Alternatively, there is also the option for “booster” sessions. Here, you have the option to come into therapy once per month or on as needed basis, such as when coping with difficult transitions (e.g., return to school, holidays).
How long is an individual therapy session?
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. Should you want more time, therapy sessions can be extended to 60-90 minutes. The initial assessment appointment is typically two hours in length, which can be done in one appointment or across two regular appointments.
Can I select my appointment time?
Appointments are offered on weekdays. We will do our best to find a time that accommodates your schedule. After school and after work times are available but are quite popular. Should your preferred time not be available, you are welcome to start at an alternative time and then move to a favored time when one opens up. We can also write letters of excusal to schools if needed.
Do you prescribe medication?
Psychologists are not licensed to prescribe medication, though we frequently work closely with psychiatrists and other physicians. We can also provide you with a list of providers in the community should you wish to pursue medication options.
Is therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is a hallmark of the client and therapist relationship. It is essential that you and/or your child feels that you have a safe space to process personal thoughts and feelings. Your therapist will keep information private, unless you give your therapist permission to reach out to specific individuals. There are some legal and ethical limits to confidentiality which will be reviewed with you at the onset of therapy.
As a parent, how will I be involved in my child's or teen's therapy?
As a parent, you are considered a very important part of our treatment team. During the assessment we can figure out a plan as to how you feel comfortable being involved in the process. The level of parent participation will also vary depending on the age of the child, presenting concerns, and other factors. Parent involvement can range from brief check-ins after therapy, to parents in the room for part or the entire session, to parent-only meetings. We ask that you are present for the initial assessment and available in-person or by phone for a few minutes at the end of each session in case the therapist needs to coordinate care with you. For younger children in particular, gains are best maintained when parents can help them practice skills outside of session.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy! The first step is scheduling a phone call with one of our therapists to better understand you and/or your family's needs, determine whether our therapists are able to meet these needs, and answer any questions.
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