Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Below are a few commonly asked questions. I am happy to answer any other questions that are not covered here in a free 20-minute consultation.

What are your hours and fees?

Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 9am PST / 12am EST to 3pm PST / 6pm EST

Fees: 

$180 per 55-minute session.

$260 per 85-minute session.

I am not paneled with any insurance company. My clients pay for sessions out of pocket or use their out-of-network benefits. If you are eligible for out-of-network benefits and would like to use your insurance, I will provide you with a monthly itemized statement (superbill) that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I accept payments by credit card or Health Saving Account (HSA). 

Economic justice and equitable access are a deep values of mine. I reserve a limited number of sliding scale slots for those who may need a reduced fee. Please ask me directly to inquire about this option.

How do I know what my insurance coverage is?

If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, here are a few questions to ask your insurance company: 

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

  • Do I have benefits for outpatient mental health services via telehealth?

    • For 55-minute session: CPT code 90837 (Psychotherapy, 60 minutes)

    • For 85-minute session: CPT codes 90837 (Psychotherapy, 60 minutes) + 99354 (Psychotherapy, additional 30 - 74 minutes)

  • Do I need a referral or pre-authorization? If so, how do I get that?

  • Do I have a deductible, and has it been met this year?

  • Do I have a copay/coinsurance?

  • What is the limit to the number of therapy sessions per year that my plan covers?

What is your cancellation policy?

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are billed the full fee for that session. To be considerate of the unexpected and emergencies, I allow one cancellation with less than 24 hours notice without charge once per year.

How long is therapy?
What is the process?

Therapy can take many, many shapes. Depending on your goals and intentions, we may meet for a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. We will spend time discussing your needs and goals and to come to an agreed upon plan, for the frequency and approximate duration of therapy and what approach(es) we will follow.

 

As therapy is dynamic and life is unpredictable, the course and focus of therapy naturally can and often does change, and we will reassess and adjust our work together accordingly.

How do I get started?

The first step is scheduling a free 20-minute consultation phone call. This call is informal and casual, with the purpose of assessing if we might be a good fit for one another. I will ask you some questions about what brings you to therapy at this time, what you're looking for, as well as ask you a few questions about your psychological history. I will also share more about myself and how I work, and answer any questions you have - about therapy, my approach, logistics, anything at all. 

What is a Good Faith Estimate?

You have the right to a Good Faith Estimate under the No Surprises Act. The No Surprises Act (H.R. 133), requires that health care providers provide an estimate of the bill for any medical items or services, to clients or patients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services which shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. Learn more here.