Your fee is set prior to your first appointment. Factors that determine your fee are: which form of therapy you are contracting for (individual, couple, family, or group therapy); which of our therapists you are seeing; and the length of your session.
Typically, a 50-minute individual or couples therapy session with our licensed staff is $175 per session. Family therapy sessions are usually scheduled for one-hour-and-fifteen minutes. If a session is scheduled for more than 50 minutes, the fee is pro-rated to cover the additional time. Your health insurance plan may help to cover some of these fees. Please see the “Insurance” section below for more details.
If you’re not able to handle our regular fee due to financial hardship, we do our best to find a sliding-scale fee that can be workable for you and for us. What we mean by financial hardship is a fee that would affect your ability to pay for your food, housing, or other basic necessities. Because therapy is an additional expense, we recognize, and even anticipate, that it may impact your entertainment, travel, or other desirable, but non-essential, expenses. We want to support you in maintaining a balanced lifestyle, while also asking you to pay as full a fee as you can. Therefore, part of the agreement of having a sliding-scale fee at our Center is our good faith understanding that if and when your income increases or your financial situation improves due to any reason, or you recognize that you originally set too low a fee with us on the phone, you will let your therapist know, so that your fee can be adjusted. By the same token, your therapist may discuss your fee with you if he or she feels it necessary.
Group therapy sessions are $50 per group session for all of our ongoing groups: Living Life Fully a group for men and women, Men’s Therapy Group, and Women’s Therapy Group.
We also have a special 20-Week Group Intensive Program called Healing Your Past – Transforming Your Future that costs $87.50 per session, for a total fee of $1,750. To reserve a place in this Program, you either pay in full, in half, or make an initial deposit of $350. If you pay an initial deposit of $350, you would then make four more payments of $350 monthly during the course of the Program. If this plan poses a financial hardship, we also have an Extended Payment Plan option: the total cost of the Program ($1,750) stays the same, but the monthly payments are extended over a longer period of time, up to six months after the end of the Program.
Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for our services to be covered in full or in part. We would be glad to check your health insurance plan for you. If you’d like us to do that, please let us know when we speak to you on the phone.
If you prefer to check on your insurance coverage yourself, you can contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services. We would recommend asking these questions of your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health or psychotherapy benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
- Am I responsible for a co-payment amount and, if so, how much is that?
- Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
Victims of Crime Program
We also serve people who are enrolled in the Victim of Crimes program. If you are participating in this program, we arrange to receive payment directly from that agency.
Please pay for your session by check (made out to “Center for Creative Growth” or “CCG”), by cash, or by credit or debit card, if you prefer. The fee that is set in your phone intake session prior to your first appointment is our “discount” rate and is based on your paying for your sessions with either cash or check. Session fees paid by credit or debit card are not eligible for our “discount rate” and therefore cost $5 more per session than our “discount rate.” In order to maximize the amount of time you and your therapist will have together each week to focus on therapy issues, and to prevent business matters from intruding on the work you have done in that day’s session, we request that you make payment directly to your therapist, at the beginning of your session. You might find it helpful to prepare your check prior to the session. Please know that if your check does not clear the bank, the Center will assess a $15.00 bounced check charge.
We require more than 24 hours advance notice if you need to cancel or change your scheduled session. Please note that if you cancel or change your scheduled session with less than 24 hours notice, you will be financially responsible for that session. (Example: if your session is on Tuesday at 10am, you’ll need to cancel your session before 10am the Monday before, in order to not be charged for that session).
In cases of severe emergency, this 24-hour notification policy may be waived. Severe emergencies include instances of sudden hospitalization for you or a family member, sudden death in the family, being stuck on a closed bridge, in a closed tunnel, or on a closed freeway, or natural disaster. Examples of situations that we do not consider severe emergencies include: illness, other traffic problems, work-related commitments, childcare problems, forgotten appointments, or other comparable situations.
What goes on in your session is legally confidential. You can share whatever you’d like with whomever you’d like. We will share information about you and your therapy with others only with your written permission beforehand. There are a few exceptions to this that we’d like you to know about:
- We will share information with other staff members at our Center as needed.
- If you are a danger to yourself or to others, the legal protection of confidentiality is no longer in effect.
- If there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse, or dependent adult abuse we are legally required to report this.
Any Other Questions
Please contact us for any additional questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!