You Ask - I Answer
Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving patients the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
In general, therapy sessions last for 50 minutes. Under certain, special circumstances (crisis), therapy sessions may be extended. I make this determination in consultation with my patients on a case by case basis.
HOW LONG DO PEOPLE STAY IN THERAPY?
This is a case specific question that you and I will determine together. Therapy is an investment and it takes time to achieve lasting change. I have worked with some patients who felt that they had achieved their goals after several months. In other cases, I have worked with patients for a year or more. Some patients have stopped treatment and then returned at a later time, to work on a different goal, or when life circumstances became overwhelming. In the end, you will ultimately decide when to stop therapy.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
My fee is based on the usual and customary rate for psychologists in San Francisco. A typical Individual or couples session is 50 minutes in length. Longer sessions are charged at a pro-rated amount. Fees are due at the time of each session. To discuss fees please get in touch below.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I do not offer direct insurance billing. However, I am happy to assist you in obtaining reimbursement from your insurance company. Just let me know if you plan to use insurance, and I will provide you with the required documentation so that you can submit your claim for direct reimbursement.
WHY DON'T YOU WORK DIRECTLY WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES?
Insurance plans typically require patients to select from a specific list of therapists with whom they have contracted. Treatment conducted in conjunction with an insurance provider has much less confidentiality and many require that I discuss your treatment with employees of the insurance company in order to obtain authorization and payment for services. Further, insurance companies often make their own decisions about your treatment, for example, regarding the frequency and number of sessions.