$125 per 45 to 50 minute session
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
Insurance Plans Currently Accepted
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- Do I need an approval or authorization number before treatment can begin?
Note: When seeking mental health services it is always best to contact your insurance company. Most insurance cards have a telephone number on the card associated with mental or behavioral health. It is important to remember that many insurance companies 'carve out' or sub-contract mental health services to different insurance companies. So, for example, even though you have an Anthem Blue Cross insurance card, you still should contact them to inquire whether Dr. Smith is a contracted provider for the mental or behavioral health component of your plan. If I have one of these accepted insurance policies what should I do?
- Blue Shield of California
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Tricare / Triwest
- United Behavioral Health / Pacific Care / Optum
- Medicare (not Medi-Cal and not Solano County Partnership)
Look on the back of your insurance card and call them up. What you are trying to do at this point is (1) confirm that I am in their network AND (2) obtain information about what your co-payment will be for outpatient psychotherapy sessions. To be fully educated you should also ask the insurance representative to help you understand your deductible -- ask how the deductible works for the plan you have. It is important for you to understand the ins and outs of your plan regardless of the therapist you see!
Are there reasons not to use insurance even if I have it?
Yes. You may work in a field where the fact that you have utilized mental health resources might impact your advancement. Although this fact may technically be protected information, it is not always clear who has legal or illegal access to highly personal information. For example, in spite of federal laws, private medical information like your credit card shopping record is being bought and sold freely by companies who can profit from the information. Years of experience in life has taught that a little paranoia is sometimes helpful. Many patients prefer to pay on a fee-for-service basis.
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
Cash or checks are accepted at the time of service.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
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Questions? Please contact me for further information.