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Rates & Insurance

Rates

The fee for an individual therapy session is $250. If you have OON benefits, 20-60% of this fee may be covered. Income-based sliding scale spots may be open at any given time. Also, I am now accepting Medi-Cal insurance for Alameda County! As I become a psychedelic therapy practice, I will be transitioning to a pay-it-forward fee model for psychedelic therapy (meaning there will be an income-based sliding scale, and those who are able to pay a higher fee than the full fee are encouraged to pay whatever additional amount they reasonably can in order to assist with making psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy available to lower-income people). Please fill out a secure Contact form to inquire about openings.

Can I use out-of-network (OON) benefits?

In some cases, you may be eligible to use out-of-network (OON) insurance benefits. I highly encourage you to look into this. If you have OON benefits, you would only have to pay a copay, usually only 20-60% of the full fee (so, between $50 and $150 per session). I partner with an out-of-network therapy concierge that makes it as easy as possible for you to only have to pay your copays and not worry about anything else. And if you’re too overwhelmed to call your plan, I will happily call them for you to get all the details about your OON benefits.

In any instance that we are not using the concierge for billing for any reason, you would be responsible for paying for each session in full at the time of your appointment. I would then provide a document called a “super bill” each month that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How much will I pay for therapy with OON benefits?

If you have great out-of-network benefits, your insurance will cover between 60-80% of the session cost, meaning you would end up paying roughly between only $50-$100 per session.

Insurance and Sliding Scale

I make a limited number of Aetna, Alameda Alliance, Oxford, Oscar, sliding scale (and soon, Enthea) spots available (down to $160, based on take-home income). At any time, those spots may be full, or I may have one open. Fill out the secure Contact form to inquire.

What about if I’m looking for a therapist who is in network with my plan?

At any given time, I may have limited in-network spots available for Aetna, Oxford, Oscar, United, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser NorCal, and Alameda Alliance (MediCal for Alameda County). Please fill out a secure Contact form to inquire about openings.

Payment

I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards as forms of payment. Typically, my Stripe system will automatically charge your card the night after a completed therapy session, so you never have to worry about payment. 

Cancellation Policy

This therapy practice has a no-cancelation policy. This means that you agree to pay for the weekly session time that has been held for you whether or not you make it to your session. In cases of an unexpected need to reschedule, a reschedule to the prior week, the same week, or the week after would be permitted at a time no fewer than 24 hours ahead of the newly granted time. So this way, you will either be granted a different session time within the same week (if possible), or we would plan to have two sessions the week before your need to reschedule, or two sessions the week after. If you choose not to avail of this, you may still be charged my full fee for the session that you missed, which is currently $250, rather than your sliding scale rate or insurance copay.

No Surprises Act

As of January 1st, 2022, a legislative package called the No Surprises Act was passed which affects the medical and mental health worlds. It was designed to prevent people from receiving medical treatments mistakenly believing the treatments were covered by their insurance only to find out later that they were not when they receive a large, surprising bill in the mail. As a result of the No Surprises Act, you are entitled to receive a document called a Good Faith Estimate from me at the time that you become my client, and to request an additional Good Faith Estimate at any other time that we are working together.

Since there are no hidden fees in therapy, and the therapy relationship is based on transparency, your Good Faith Estimate will not contain any information that is different from what you will already know about therapy costs at the time that we decide to work together. (I.e., It will be very clear at the outset whether you will be using insurance out of network benefits or not, how much therapy costs, and how payment will work.) And your Good Faith Estimate is not intended to be a recommendation or a prediction of how long you will be in therapy. You are always free to terminate your therapy or to switch to a different practitioner at any time.

Additionally, at any point in our work together, based on what is happening in your life and what you are needing, you may increase to two sessions per week, or decrease to biweekly sessions. Also, if you experience financial difficulties at any time in our work together, we would talk about adjusting your fee within the range of what I can accommodate. Therefore, the estimate provided on your Good Faith Estimate may not end up being the real amount that you ultimately invest in therapy.

Should you decide to become my client, we would discuss all of this and ensure you feel very comfortable with all of the above information and with anything else you may like or need to know about therapy, payment, and what to expect.

Any Other Questions

Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!