Individual therapy sessions are generally 60 minutes in length and my fee is $120. 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, Beacon Health Strategies, Blue Shield, Cigna, Healthnet/MHN, Magellan, and Value Options. 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.
Unless other arrangements are agreed between us, I ask for payment in cash, check, credit card to be made at each session.
I have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and while I always appreciate as much notice as possible, full session charges apply for cancellations with less than 48-hr. notice.
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. If you normally pay using insurance, payment for any missed sessions at the full session fee (not just the co-pay) becomes your responsibility.
If you must cancel an appointment at short notice, please check with me as I may be able to reschedule the session for another time that is mutually convenient. If I am able to reschedule you within the same week, I will not charge you for a missed session — I would like to remain flexible enough to deal with unforseen scheduling conflicts, 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.
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 least 1-2 days for a response.
I do have a Skype account for use on occasion, though I use it only for pre-arranged contact. Please do not use Skype to leave me messages. The fastest way to get through to me is to use my phone/voicemail number.