FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I begin therapy?

To explore the possibility of working together, click below to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to assess your needs. You can also call us at 415-941-5373 or email us at info@BayAreaCBTCenter.com to get more information.

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What can I expect at my first session?

In the intital consultation session, we will discuss your concerns, evaluate your needs, and give you a good sense of what we believe maintains your current problems. Together we will then explore therapeutic approaches that may help with the challenges you face. We will also consider our “fit” for working together. We believe it is important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you and who possesses qualities such as personality style, therapeutic stance, and values that resonate with you. Having an authentic and genuine connection with your therapist is essential.

If we believe that we can work well together, and if we agree on the target goals for therapy as well as the approach we will take, we will then begin our work in subsequent sessions. In the first few sessions, we will continually refine our assessment of your needs and your specific goals for therapy. We will continue to monitor your progress and goals throughout our time together.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are typically 50-minutes long once a week, although your therapist may recommend longer or more frequent sessions if needed. These sessions may be more appropriate for certain situations such as couples therapy, exposure therapy, and intensive treatment.

How long does therapy last?

We work on a short-term model, however, not all problems are created equal. Typically, you and your therapist will device a custom plan that fits with your goals and how long you want to be in therapy. Some clients choose to complete a few sessions, where as others may continue for years.  The commitment is really up to you.

What if I don't like my therapist?

If you and your therapist are not a good match, we are happy to offer you referrals within The Bay Area CBT Center, or we can make referrals to other therapists outside of our clinic.

How much does therapy cost?

Fees for psychotherapy sessions are based on the usual and customary rates for psychologists in the Bay Area. Payments can be made by check, cash, or credit card. Receipts and/or a superbill may be provided upon request.

  • Fees for Individual Sessions: $225-$250 for a 50 minute session
  • Fees for Couples Therapy: $250-$300 for a 60 minute session
  • Fess for groups: $55-$75 for a 90 minute session

Do you take insurance?

The Bay Area CBT Center is not on any insurance panels, therefore unless you have a PPO plan that accepts out of network providers, our services would not be covered. Our services are covered under most PPO insurance plans do provide coverage for mental health services and therefore if you have PPO plan you may be able to receive full or partial reimbursement depending on your insurance company. If you have a PPO plan that accepts out of network providers your therapist will provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you don’t know whether your insurance plan takes out of network providers you can call your insurance company and ask them the following questions (see below).

Also, for those that have FSA plans, individual counseling is typically a permissible expense (please confirm with your particular FSA plan or accountant).

How can I find out if my insurance accepts out of network providers?

Call the phone number on your insurance card and ask your insurance company the following questions:

  • Do you accept and/or provide reimbursement for out-of-network providers?
  • If so, what is the percentage that you reimburse for out-of-network providers?
  • Do I need a particular diagnosis to get coverage for treatment?
  • What is the amount of my deductible?
  • What is the number of visits that I’m covered for? Do I have any limitations regarding number of sessions that are covered for an out of network provider?
  • Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to a mental health professional?

The California Psychological Association provides specific information and suggestions regarding options for health coverage, including information about The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare in California.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please do so within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment. You will be charged a full fee for any missed appointments that are not cancelled at least 48 hours in advance, except in case of an emergency.

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