Affording Treatment

“How can I afford this?” is a common question when contemplating paying for psychotherapy, especially if you anticipate paying out of pocket.  I think of mental health treatment much like any other investment one might consider in life, like an education or a home. Hopefully, in a therapy, you will invest time and money in a process that  generates useful perspective and a more satisfying life. That said, it’s not lost on me that there are things and systems that interfere with our ability to pay for things we might want for ourselves. Please review the information below to consider whether it might be affordable for you to work with me on a weekly basis. If you need a lower fee than I can provide, I will give you other solid referrals and resources to explore.

Fees & Insurance Coverage

Currently, my fee is $160/hr and I generally find that the services are most helpful when folks come in at least 1x/week. Sometimes, I have the capacity to slide down from my full fee, based on financial need. If this is you, you’re welcome to inquire if sliding scale fees are available.

I am not currently on any insurance panels. However, after you submit payment to me, I can compile monthly paperwork (also known as Superbills) for you to seek partial reimbursement through a Health Savings Account or through your PPO health insurance plan. Please be aware that Superbills are required to list a diagnostic code to be valid for reimbursement. We can discuss this further when we meet, if this applies to you. If using a PPO plan, I would be considered an Out Of Network Provider.

I am an approved Private Provider with San Francisco City & County to see Adults and Children for treatment. In order to be covered, you must seek services through the 24-Hour Access Helpline: (415) 255-3737 or (888) 246-3333. If you have been a victim of a violent crime, some treatment may be covered, and I can compose statements as needed. If this is you, please see the Victim’s Compensation Program website HERE.

Below, I’ve listed a number of low to moderate fee psychotherapy clinics in the Bay Area.

Community Clinics and Training Clinics

Low fee clinics are also available in the Bay Area. Many are staffed by Registered Interns or Psychological Assistants, who are under supervision of seasoned professionals. If you are considering this option, the following are trusted resources in the community:

Access Institute, Training Institute, SF
The Psychotherapy Institute, Training Institute, Berkeley
The Marina Counseling Center, Training Institute, SF
CIIS Counseling Centers, Training Institute, various spots in SF