My office is located at 1903 Berkeley Way in Downtown Berkeley, just a short walk from the UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley High School, and the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. There are two buildings that house therapists on the property, and my office is housed in 1903, the back building of 1905 Berkeley Way. 1905 is a brick red Victorian building visible from the street. My office building is located at the end of the driveway, where my waiting room is located on the ground floor.
My waiting room uses a light switch notification system. Please flip the light switch to let me know you've arrived, and I will meet you at our scheduled time. Please be aware that my office may not be accessible for disabled persons, as it requires you to climb a short flight of stairs. If this becomes an issue for you, we may be able to make other arrangements to meet.
There is no on-site parking available for therapy patients. There are 2-hour street parking spots available throughout the neighborhood, metered spots along University Avenue, and a pay parking lot on Berkeley Way between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue. Wherever you park, please pay close attention to the parking signs, as these can be somewhat confusing. In general, one side of each street in the neighborhood is designated for those with parking permits. Some choose to park in the Trader Joe's garage, but you do so at your own risk.
I also offer telepsychology / teletherapy appointments via secure online video.
I typically schedule one 50-minute therapy session per week at a time we agree on, although sessions may also be more frequent. If you feel that more frequent sessions would benefit you, please discuss this with me.
Once an appointment hour is scheduled it will be held for you. You will be expected to pay for it in full unless you provide at least 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. If it is possible, I will try to find another time to reschedule the appointment.
You may leave me a voicemail message 24 hours a day, seven days a week to cancel an appointment or notify me of lateness. My voicemail line is (510) 595-4609. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, because email is not a secure form of communication, you should limit your email to administrative (e.g., scheduling) matters only.
My professional fees are comparable to the average rate for similar services in the Bay Area. You will be expected to pay for each session at the time it is held, unless we agree otherwise or unless you have insurance coverage which requires another arrangement. I accept cash, personal checks, and credit card payments. However, I do not accept credit cards for insurance copayments. In circumstances of financial hardship, I can often negotiate a fee adjustment or payment installment plan. I maintain some reduced fee spaces in my schedule, and encourage you to discuss this with me if you feel you cannot afford to pay privately for therapy. I also encourage you to review my FAQ for more information about whether to pay privately or use your health insurance.
I take only select insurance plans. If I am not an in-network provider on your plan and you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurance company, I can provide you with a monthly billing statement for reimbursement. These statements may also be submitted to obtain reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses from your health savings account. Please keep in mind that insurance payments and reimbursements require a formal diagnosis and other information that will be disclosed to your insurance company and to any other parties they choose. Be aware that submitting a mental health invoice for reimbursement carries a certain amount of risk.
Some or all your fees may be covered by your health insurance if you have outpatient mental health coverage. However, insurance companies do not reimburse all conditions that may be the focus of psychotherapy. It is your responsibility to verify the specifics of your coverage. You may want to verify whether an authorization is required for treatment, whether there are any session limits, whether a copay or coinsurance fee is required, and how much you may be reimbursed. It may also be worth exploring what treatment information is required, and how this information will be handled.