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To explore the possibility of working together, click here to schedule a free phone matching 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.

During your matching appointment, our care coordinator will discuss your issues, therapeutic goals, needs, and availability to connect you with the therapist that best matches your requirements. The matching appointment phone call lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, during which the care coordinator will schedule your first session with your therapist.

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.

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.

 

We focus on finding the quickest and most effective way to help with your specific problems. Together, you and your therapist will make a plan that fits your goals. In your first session, your therapist will give you an idea of how long it might take. How long you stay in therapy can range from a few sessions to several years, depending on what you’re dealing with and how committed you are. The final length of therapy depends on several variables, which your therapist will make clear to you.

If you and your therapist are not a good match, we will set you up with another therapist at the Bay Area CBT Center free of charge. If there are any other issues or concerns, we can also help you with referrals outside of the clinic, ensuring that you are taken care of in the best way possible and have a team that suits you perfectly.

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: $250- $350 for a 50 minute session
  • Fees for Couples Therapy: $300- $400 for a 60 minute session
  • Fees for groups: $75- $100 for a 90 minute session

 

The Bay Area CBT Center accepts PPO plans that cover out-of-network providers. Most PPO insurance plans offer coverage for mental health services, which means if you have a PPO plan, you could receive full or partial reimbursement for our services depending on your insurance company’s policies.

You may be eligible to have 60-80% of your costs covered by out-of-network benefits.

For clients with such plans, your therapist will provide you with a superbill, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

If you’re unsure whether your insurance plan covers out-of-network providers, we recommend contacting your insurance company directly to ask specific questions regarding coverage.

Additionally, for those with FSA (Flexible Spending Account) plans, individual counseling is typically considered a permissible expense. However, we advise confirming this with your specific FSA plan or consulting with your accountant to ensure eligibility.

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.

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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