My standard session length for individual and couples therapy is 50 minutes. 50 minutes is a industry wide standard, but does not always work, especially for couples or groups where there is a lot more ground to cover. I am definitely open to longer session lengths and often recommend such for couples or groups.
The only insurer I work with at the moment is Alameda Alliance. To set an appointment with me at my North Berkeley office (Tuesdays and Fridays only) through Alameda Alliance, please call Beacon Health Options at 1-800-779-3825 and tell them you need a pre-authorization for mental health services. Once you have that pre-auth number, give me a call and we can do a free 20 minute consultation to see if we’d be a good match.
For all other providers, I would be considered an out of network provider. Some insurance companies do reimburse for therapy out of network. Unfortunately, you will need to call and ask your provider if they would reimburse you, as there is no way I can keep track of all the different plans and policies of every carrier. What you will need to ask is: 1) Do they cover out of network therapy? 2) Do they cover services provided by an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)? and if you are wanting to do couples counseling, 3) Do they cover couples counseling?
If they say yes to all those questions, then you will need to pay out of pocket each session, and during our first session of each month I will provide a “Superbill” (a.k.a.: a receipt), and you would then need to submit that to your provider in order to get reimbursed.
My fee is $170 per 50 minutes, and I prorate that fee for longer sessions. I offer a sliding scale based on availability and need.
If you need to cancel a session, please remember to do so 48 hours before your session start time to avoid being charged for the full fee of our scheduled time.
Are you a new client looking for my first session paperwork forms? Click here!