Fees & Payment
Fees and Payment
I believe that quality Therapy should be available for individuals regardless of economic circumstances. I attempt to recognize and address the oppression and wide disparity in income and life experience in my practice by offering 1/3 of my schedule to low fee Clients and by attempting to keep my fees reasonable despite the Bay Area’s cost of living.
My current rates for Individuals is $175 and for groups of 2 or more is $200 for 50 minutes. If you need to speak with me about a lower fee, please do so. If Clients wish to meet with me for longer sessions, we negotiate a fee that works best for them. Each Client will receive a notice of their expected total for the following month each month as a reminder to notify me of any upcoming scheduling changes. That reminder will always include a superbill if you have requested one, and you can at any time. If economic hardship strikes long term Clients, I lower my fee whenever possible and raise it when life circumstances make that appropriate.
I accept cash, check, and Zelle as payment options. You are welcome to use your flex spending or health saving (HSA/FSA) cards for payments.
As I do not accept insurance, I can provide you with an itemized receipt (superbill) for services for you to submit to your insurance company so you can receive reimbursement if your policy offers it. Many plans offer reimbursement for out of network care, you can confirm your specific benefits with your policy and find out what will be required on your superbill. If you are interested in why I do not take insurance, please ask. I did not make the decision lightly and I will be glad to share the decision making process with you outside of your session.
When using an insurance plan to help pay for therapy and other mental health services, there are several factors to keep in mind. Most insurance plans require a mental health diagnosis, and maintain some types of access to treatment records.
Good Faith Estimate
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your psychotherapy will cost. Under the No Surprises Act, health care providers will provide an estimate of the expected fees for clients who do not have insurance, or who are not using their insurance for Therapy or other health care services. In my practice, each Client receives a Good Faith Estimate each month for the following month of care and has since the practice began as part of my commitment to address some of the shortcomings in traditional Psychotherapy.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.