My fee for a standard 50 minute session is $210.00. Clients are responsible for payment at the time of the session unless other arrangements have been made. I accept personal checks, travelers checks, and cash. I also accept all credit cards, for which there is an approx. 3% processing fee per transaction. For Skype and phone sessions, I accept payments via PayPal, and direct check from banks. All transactions are kept confidential and private. I have a 72 hour cancellation policy. Most clients come in 1x weekly, though if circumstances warrant, I see clients 2-3x weekly or bi-monthly, and also do one-time consultations. I do not charge for the initial telephone conversation–this is an opportunity for us to talk at length to get a sense of each other, for you to tell me about yourself and your situation, and ask me questions – practical and theoretical. I will assess whether I can help you. If I cannot meet your needs, I will be happy to refer you to a therapist who might be a better fit for you. If my fee is a hardship, please let me know. Low income should not interfere with people getting help, and though I do not have a sliding scale, I can refer you to credible low-cost counseling centers.
If you have PPO coverage, please check with your plan for annual deductible, maximum allowed number of outpatient psychotherapy sessions, and payment per session. I will help fill out the appropriate insurance forms so you get reimbursed directly from your insurance company. I also supply you with bills for therapy – weekly or monthly – based on your preference. I am not a provider for HMOs.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a law (in effect since April, 2003) created to protect patients who were previously ill from losing their health insurance when they change jobs and/or residences. HIPAA insures that a patient’s medical record, health information, payment history, etc. remain private and prevents them from being disclosed without the patient’s written consent. HIPAA specifically sought to standardize electronic information about not only patient’s health, but also financial and administrative data. It set security standards for protecting confidentiality of data such as: health claims, enrollment and disenrollment details, payments for care, coordination of benefits, plan eligibility, claim status, and related transactions.
Because I am not a member of HMOs nor am I a provider for PPOs, I do not use electronic transmission of billing information to obtain payment. I am exclusively a fee-for-service provider and will bill you directly. You may, however, choose to be reimbursed by your insurance company. Because my practice is not electronically mediated, I am not bound by the requirements of HIPAA. I do, however, maintain utmost strict confidentiality of client information and safe-keeping of client-records, as mandated by the law. I also preserve the integrity of client disclosure, consistent with sound ethical/clinical practice.
I see clients on week days and evenings; week end appointments for emergencies are also available. If you’re an established client, I offer tele-health, e.g. therapy via telephone and/or Skype with video. If, during our work together, you’re unable to come to my office, e.g. difficulty getting childcare, if you’re ill, etc. we can do Skype and/or phone sessions from your office or home. If you’re traveling for work, vacation, etc. I also do international and national Skype and/or phone sessions. Skype is not encrypted, and not a confidential means of communication–I ask for your informed consent before we use this medium. Frequency of sessions ranges from twice per month to three times weekly.
Located in Burlingame, California in San Mateo County on the Peninsula, my office is walking distance from the Millbrae BART and CalTrain Station. It’s easily accessible via buses, and if you drive, has free parking. Though the address is on El Camino Real, you may also enter the building on California Drive, which runs parallel to El Camino–this entrance reads “1838 Mills Estate Building.” This also has free parking.
Office Address1838 El Camino Real (between Murchison and Trousdale) Mills Estate BuildingSuite 220 (upstairs)Burlingame CA 94010