Fees & Policies

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Individual therapy sessions are generally 60 minutes in length and my fee is $125. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please speak to me.

If you need a longer session and my schedule allows for it, we may arrange to meet for 90 minutes and the fee is $150.

I am in-network with Aetna, Alameda Alliance/Beacon, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Healthnet/MHN. If your health insurance is not listed here, I may be able to work with you as an *out-of-network provider.

*Note: You must ask your health insurer specifically about your behavioral/mental health benefit and ask if you are entitled under terms of your plan to see a provider out of network. If so, and we proceed based on this arrangement, you will be responsible for payment for my services on a weekly basis, and I will provide you with a statement that you can submit to your insurer to get some sort of reimbursement. The percentage reimbursement will differ from plan to plan, so you must work this out directly with your insurance company.

I ask for full payment to be made at each session. If you are using insurance, please be prepared to cover the co-pay, or to make a payment if you have a deductible that has not yet been met. Cash, check, or Square Cash payments are preferred. Credit card payments are also accepted.

Policies

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Cancellation

I have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and while I always appreciate as much notice as possible, full session charges will apply for cancellations with less than 48-hr. notice. “Full session charges” means either your insurance co-pay plus the amount insurance would normally cover, or in the event that you are paying out of pocket, it is my standard fee.

Once we make an appointment, you will be charged for that appointment whether you attend it or not, unless you notify me at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. If you are unable to keep an appointment without adequate notice, please expect to pay for the missed appointment, as I have reserved the hour for you and am not always able to fill it with another client on short notice. Insurance will not pay for missed sessions.

I would like to remain flexible enough to deal with unforseen scheduling conflicts due to sickness or emergency situations, and if this is the case, will do my best to reschedule—though please know that it is not always possible to offer you another time, and by missing your appointment without adequate notice, you risk being charged for the hour.

Please let me know also of any vacation or other plans that will mean missing a session as early as possible.

Confidentiality

What you say to me, as well as the fact that we have a therapeutic relationship, is confidential. I will not reveal any information about you unless I have your written permission to do so. Legally, I am mandated by law, to report to the appropriate authorities if I believe that you are dangerous to yourself or to others; or if I have a reasonable suspicion to believe that child abuse is occurring.

Voice Messages and Other Communications

You may leave voice messages 24 hours a day on my regular business line: (510) 859-4362. I check it every day at least once. If you leave me a message, I will return your call as soon as possible if I am unable to pick up your call as it comes in.

If you choose to text or email, please beware that these are not secure forms of communication, and it may be a better choice to speak to me directly in the privacy of our session. Read more. My preference is to limit our contact in written form to scheduling issues only.

In the event that you are contacting me for the first time and want to know about openings, please leave a voice message, including a few good times to reach you. I will call back as promptly as possible, but please allow at the very least 1-2 days for a response. There are times of the year that are extra busy, when I am bombarded by phone calls and I’m unable to respond within that timeframe. Please feel free to send an email or to call again.

I do have a Doxy.me (secure video via the internet) account for use on occasion, though I use it only for pre-arranged contact.  The fastest way to get through to me is to use my phone/voicemail number.

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