Fees, Policies, and other Frequently Asked Questions

Fees, session length and frequency

A 50-minute appointment for individuals or relationships is $150.

A 75-minute appointment for individuals, relationships or queer family planning is $225.

Appointments for individuals are typically once a week, though some people opt for more frequency.

Appointments for couples are also typically once a week, though some couples who travel frequently or commute long distances may opt for longer appointments less frequently. We can talk together to find something that will work in your schedules and allow you to get what you need from therapy.

Queer family planning appointments with multiple individuals, couples, donors or co-parents are typically either 75-minute or 100-minute sessions and are scheduled based on the needs and schedules of all parties involved.

Lower fee appointments

I have a limited number of lower fee appointments available for individuals who cannot afford my full fee. I do my best to prioritize making those appointments available to the people who are in greatest need.

Cancellation policy

If you must cancel an appointment, please notify me at least 48 hours in advance or you will be charged for the missed appointment. If you cancel in less than 48 hours and we are able to reschedule your session that same week, there is no charge for the cancellation. If we are unable reschedule your session, you are responsible for payment for the missed appointment.

How long will psychotherapy take?

It is not possible to answer this question accurately because the length of therapy depends on your individual needs. If we are focusing on a very specific issue, that issue may be resolved in a few months. More deeply embedded patterns and problems for individuals or couples tend to require more time.

I ask new clients to commit to at least 4 weeks of weekly psychotherapy to establish your goals and our working relationship. I find that having a set time to meet is helpful in establishing a feeling of safety and trust in the process and relationship, but I will be as flexible as my schedule allows.

What about medications?

Only psychiatrists and other MDs are licensed to prescribe medication. If at any point you or I believe that medications might be helpful, I would recommend that you make an appointment with a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Exploring your beliefs, fears and hopes about psychotropic medication can be a very rich part of the therapy process. The final choice regarding taking them is always yours.

Will my insurance pay for my sessions?

Some plans will reimburse for psychotherapy with a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), so you may want to check to see if you have coverage for individual psychotherapy with a MFT of your choice. I am happy to prepare a monthly statement for you to submit to your insurance company. However some insurance reimbursement processes require sharing private information with several people, thus compromising your confidentiality. Feel free to discuss the pros and cons of using insurance with me if you are considering this choice.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?

Details about the licensure requirements and scope of practice of MFTs can be found at www.camft.org.

How can I check a license status?

To check the license status of any MFT, you can go to http://www.bbs.ca.gov/, the website for the Board of Behavioral Sciences, a California consumer protection agency which governs MFTs and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.