Fees and Payment
My fees are determined by the services provided (e.g., individual versus group psychotherapy) and are comparable to other psychologists in the Bay Area. The fees generally range from $250-350 per session. Payment is due at the start of each session, usually paid by credit card. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so you will not be billed if you cancel more than 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.
I strive to make therapy accessible to as many people as possible, and I have a number of sliding scale slots saved for those who cannot afford the full price. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding my fees policy.
I am an out-of-network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance at this time. Upon request, I can provide you with a monthly statement (called a “superbill”) that you can then forward to your insurance company in order to obtain reimbursement. Some health insurance plans will reimburse for treatment provided by a licensed psychologist; however, plans vary widely. You are responsible for determining what insurance benefits you receive and for obtaining reimbursement. Please check your coverage carefully by asking your insurance company the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session for an out-of-network provider?
- Can I be granted a “single case exception” if I am unable to find another clinician with similar skills in my area?
If your insurance does not cover out-of-network providers, you may be able to pay for therapy out of your pre-tax income using an HSA or FSA account.
Our sessions and discussions are confidential, meaning they are protected by law. In most situations, I may not disclose confidential information about you without your consent. However, there are several situations in which I am legally required to break confidentiality, including:
- If I believe you are in danger of harming yourself or another person
- If I suspect abuse or neglect of a child, older adult, or dependent adult
- If you are unable to provide basic care for yourself
- If I am court-ordered to release information as part of a legal proceeding
Electronic Health Record
All paperwork, payment, and client information (including treatment plans and session notes) are kept using Simple Practice, and Electronic Health Record for mental health and medical providers. You will have access to a client portal through Simple Practice, which will allow you to look at your billing documents, send me messages, review paperwork, make payments, and so on. Telehealth (or video sessions) will usually be done through the Simple Practice HIPAA-compliant video system, Doxy, or RingCentral, and you will receive an email with a new link for each appointment.
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