Cost and Insurance
|Private Pay - Fees vary depending on the clinician's expertise, level of experience, and location. In California, the average session is $90-$125. For clients who are in a lower income bracket, some therapists may offer a sliding-fee scale. Therapy provided by an intern or a trainee under the supervision of a licensed clinician may be more affordable.
Insurance - Some insurance plans cover or reimburse for mental health care. Your insurance company may require you to see a therapist on its preferred provider network, or it may reimburse for an "out-of-plan" provider who is not on its list. Check with your insurance company about what your policy will cover.
How long is the session?
Most psychotherapy sessions are 45-50 minutes, though it may be longer or shorter depending on the treatment issues. Psychological or psychiatric assessments may take 1.5 -2 hours.