I believe therapy should be accessible. My practice is structured to allow me to take a number of sliding-scale clients. Before we begin our work, we will discuss the fee that is reasonable based on your financial circumstances. As a guideline, my fee for a 50-minute session is typically between $90 and $125.
If a fee of $90 would create a hardship that would prevent you from pursuing therapy, we can discuss a rate that will allow you to commit to regular sessions. A portion of my practice is reserved for pro bono and reduced-fee work by design and I invite you to contact me to inquire, if such arrangements would be beneficial to you at this time.
As I am an APCC, to comply with California state law, all fees are paid to my employer, Transformative Justice Institute. Unfortunately, I am unable to accept insurance for care because of health plans’ restrictive business policies. It is unlikely that these fees would be reimbursed by your health insurance.
Weekly recommended; flexibility supported
I see the benefit to clients of consistent weekly sessions to support the in-depth explorations of the possible. Ideally, we will find a time that works for you where we can meet every week. This is a commitment to yourself, and to your potential for growth.
I also believe in flexibility to tailor our work to your needs. We can talk about what would support you the best, including bi-weekly sessions, longer sessions, or an ad-hoc arrangement where we meet as needed.
Cancellations and Rescheduling
Sometimes, we get squirmy around therapy, because we know that we are facing ourselves directly. There may be times where you are hesitant to come, or it feels too overwhelming to have a session that day.
Here is a quick introduction to my policies:
- With advance notice, your appointment can be rescheduled (if I have availability) or canceled at no cost.
- If you do not come to session at all and do not contact me, you’ll be charged for the no-show at your agreed-upon rate.
Sometimes life just takes over and we aren’t able to juggle everything we want to, and that’s fine. However, if these scheduling disconnects become a pattern, we will talk about it, because sometimes it can be a way to avoid the tough parts. Instead, I want to see you finding new ways to face things, so we will be open and real in looking at whatever might be going on.
Before we begin together, all of these policies will be discussed thoroughly so we have a mutual understanding of our commitments to each other and how we will navigate the particulars of payment and engagement.
You have many rights as you seek care for your health. By law I am required to share with you the Notice of Privacy Rights (sometimes known as “HIPAA”). In addition, this Client Bill of Rights adapted from the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be a useful guide in understanding protections you have within the client-therapist relationship.