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My Interns, Offices, Fees & Insurance

My Offices, Interns and Directions to the Offices
  My interns and I meet our clients at 157 Van Ness Ave, and I meet some in my downtown home. My interns are registered MFT intern Maggie Wilson and registered PCC intern Geoff Ashmun and soon to join us, registered MFT intern Shana Trinchero. I hire only interns who are wise and highly competant, because I'm selfish! That way I can gain from them as much as they can gain from me, even if they are newer to this profession than I am. So be assured, if my practice is too full, Maggie or Geoff or Shana can serve you well. I can also refer you to specilized therapists.  
    Office Directions: 157 Van Ness is off Mission on Santa Cruz's Westside One block west of Laurel turn left, the office is on the right behind the big new PAMF office building. Park on the street or in the Taqueria's parking lot - they don't tow. Then walk around the building to its rear;  the lobby's right up the stairs.
    My home is 212 May Ave is in downtown Santa Cruz. Take Ocean off Rt #1, cross Water, 1st left on Leonard at Jack-in-the-Box, then right onto May. To avoid parking tickets, drive to the end of the block, turn around and park right next to the children's park. I do have a sweet cat named Softy who is most welcoming to clients. However, if you are strongly allergic to cats, we'll use the 157 Van Ness office.  

Scheduling Sessions; Rescheduling in the Same Week vs. Canceling
Most clients meet me weekly, though we can meet more or less frequently. To make an appointment with me, just call or e-mail me. There is a form below you can use if you want. If you miss your scheduled therapy appointment, or wait until the "day of" to cancel, you will normally be required to pay the full cost of the session. However, I know things come up, and occasionally you may have to miss a session, so I'll forgive the charge if you reschedule your appointment wtihin the same week. In this case, you must text or call me rather than e-mail, so I can check when I have openings.

Rates
Most clients are charged $105 per 60-minute session.  You can pay via PayPal, check or cash. For its clients, Beacon pays us directly. (Normally, I do not discount my fee on a "sliding scale". However, see "Special Programs," below.)

Insurance
    Although I'm not on any pre-approved insurance "panels" except Beacon's, I am glad to make a statement monthly as an "out-of-network" provider, which you can send to an insurance company. They should then reimburse you, minus your "copay". You'll probably need to call the company and find out if they cover "out-of-network" providers (I think you should have the right to see anyone you want!), what amount they pay per session, whether you have a deductible and whether it's been met and whether they're going to limit the number of sessions. (About limiting sessions, you should know that for many, but not all, mental diagnoses of adults, and most diagnoses of children, California and federal law provide for "parity" This means the company can't limit a 'mental' treatment any more than it can limit a 'physical' treatment. For more information, Google "CA Parity Law" and "Federal Parity Law.")
    As an exception, I am an in-network provider on the panel of Beacon Health Strategies's Central Coast Alliance for Health plan that assists many MediCal clients. If you are signed up with Beacon, please bring your card with you to your first appointment.

Special Programs: Employee Assistance, Victim Witness and Pro Bono:
Most employers have an "EAP" (Employee Assistance Program) that is separate from regular health insurance, that provides up to 6 visits/year with a counselor to assist the employee on any matter of concern - work-related or personal. I also take Victim Witness clients, folks who have been victims of crime who are provided counseling by the Santa Cruz County Probation Department out of fines paid by convicted criminals. Finally, I do reserve one or two "Pro Bono" therapy slots for people who are in serious financial pressure, and we work out a special or no-fee situation. These slots are usually full, so you may have to wait until one comes open.

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