Whether to participate in insurance companies paying for therapy is tricky business, as a third party is entering into the therapy relationship, but the economic reality is that it helps people afford care, so I take part.
I am currently on the panel of Blue Cross of California. (If you are covered by Blue Cross in another state where I am licensed and would like online therapy, you need to double check with Blue Cross in your state.)
If I am not on the insurance panel for your coverage, I am not “in-network” for you. BUT, if you would like treatment covered by insurance, you should see whether your plan covers “out-of-network.” Also, if you would like insurance coverage for online therapy, your company may cover it. You can find out with a quick call to them.
I take all forms of payment, though if you intend on paying cash please let me know in advance so I can prepare a receipt. If paying for online care, I will take your credit card number and charge at regular times with your permission.
If you would like to have a chat and see whether we have good chemistry and will make a good fit, we can do a free phone consultation. This is not a therapy session, but rather a chance for you to explain what you’re looking for in therapy, and for me to describe how I might help. If it works out the next step is a consultation session.
This really just means “the first few sessions.” I like to give people a chance to see how it goes before committing to a treatment process. This phase may be one session, or a few. Some people like to consult with a few therapists before committing to one, which I think is a good idea. I’m not here to rush anyone! But again, before we agree to commit to working together, these initial sessions are “consults” and not therapy.
The fee starts at $80 and depends on length of session and service provided.
If you need a fee that matches your income, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you can afford, and we can try to work something out. An easy rule for measuring: consider what you can manage to pay monthly for therapy, and we can go from there.
Once we finish consultation, I like to discuss and clarify your expectations about the goals and duration of therapy, as well as some signs of progress and improvement you are looking for. We will also revisit goals and expectations as we go.
One of the most dependable ways to get the most out of therapy is to be honest with me when you are frustrated or didn’t like what I said or did. Conflict can be very transformative.