Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
Standard session (45 minutes) - $190
Intake appointment (45 - 75 minutes) - $300
Additional fee information available in my practice policies
How does insurance work?
Like most private practice therapists in San Francisco, I am an out-of-network provider. This means I don’t accept your insurance directly. I’ll email you a monthly receipt you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I encourage you to call your provider before you start with me to learn about your coverage, as it varies.
Please note that some common services child psychologists provide are not covered by insurance - for example phone consults, whether with you, your child's teacher, pediatrician, psychiatrist or other professionals, are a common part of child therapy and are not typically reimbursable.
What if I need to cancel or change my child's appointment?
Notify me by email or phone within 24 hours of the appointment to avoid being charged the regular session fee.
How do you work with parents?
I meet regularly with a parent or parents to discuss their child's progress and their concerns. For example, I typically meet monthly with a parent or parents of children who are in elementary school. Speaking with a parent or parents between sessions is common. Sometimes a parent or parents may join in a child's therapy session or part of a session.
For young children, counseling usually involves a lot of collaboration with parents - checking in with one another, comparing notes, sharing ideas and progress updates. The amount and form of the parent consultation piece of counseling changes as children develop. It is individualized for each client.
As children leave elementary school and enter middle school and beyond, issues of privacy change developmentally. The parent consultation part of my work adapts accordingly. If your child is in middle school or older we will speak about how developmental considerations, including children's evolving sense of privacy and autonomy, impact the parent role in counseling.
Therapy with teens usually involves less parental involvement, although parents are still kept informed about their child's progress and are welcome to share feedback and concerns. With adolescents, it often works best if they play an active part in the therapist selection process. Parents may select a handful of options and go over with them with their adolescent, giving them the options to meet with a few to see who they feel most comfortable with. This can help a lot with buy-in and is age appropriate as well.
It is my goal to establish a safe therapeutic environment for my young clients while also developing collaborative relationships with their parents. As a parent, you can expect that you will be informed of the treatment plan, progress toward goals, and situations regarding risk or harm. I will speak with your child about this (as age and developmentally appropriate) and encourage you to discuss it with him or her as well.
How do you work with schools?
Links between social/emotional or behavioral concerns and learning/school-related issues are common. I’ll want to see you child’s recent and current report card and any relevant test results. As appropriate I may ask to speak with school staff such as your child's teacher(s), school counselor, school psychologist and/or principal/school head. With younger children who are having issues at school I sometime do school observations.