Frequently Asked Questions

How much do sessions cost?

Standard 45 minute sessions are currently $190. Intake appointments are $300. Other services are prorated based on the standard session fee. Your credit card will be billed after each session. Rates are subject to change.

Do you take my insurance? 

Like most private practice therapists in San Francisco, I am an out-of-network provider. This means I don’t bill insurance companies directly. However, if you have PPO insurance, you may be able to use it to help with the cost of your therapy. Many of my clients receive insurance reimbursement for their sessions. If you’d like to do so as well, contact your provider to learn about the specifics of your coverage. I suggest you check in and get your coverage information before we meet.

Here are some questions to ask to help determine your coverage:

  • Do I have out of network mental health benefits?

  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?

  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?

  • What is the amount I would be reimbursed for an out-of-network psychotherapy session?

  • Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?

How does insurance reimbursement work?

Your credit card will be billed following each session. At your request you’ll receive a superbill/insurance-ready receipt monthly by email. You’ll be able to access past superbills at any time through my secure client portal. You’ll send the receipts to your carrier and they’ll process your claims. Contact them directly for details including authorization and coverage.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Late cancellations and no shows are charged the full session fee. You can reschedule or cancel sessions through the client portal, by email or phone. 

What should I expect for my first appointment?

The first appointment is an initial consultation. This meeting serves as both an orientation and a get-to-know-you. I will be curious to meet you and to hear more about what you're looking for help with.

This appointment is typically longer (75 minutes) than usual weekly sessions (45 minutes). You may want to bring some notes on thoughts to share. If you have been in therapy before, please let me know what about it worked well for you or didn't.

If we decide to move forward, we will set up a time for a follow up appointment. If not, I will do my best to provide you with referrals to other providers who seem like they may be better suited to help you. 

The next 2-3 sessions are a period of initial assessment. They are devoted to getting know you and your treatment needs better so we can identify your goals in therapy.

Goodness of fit between client and therapist plays a big role in how helpful counseling can be. The initial appointments help us both get a read on how well suited we seem to be to work together.