The therapy "hour" is a 50-minute session, reserved for you each week in person or via secure video or phone call.
Weekly individual sessions usually last 50 minutes. Individual sessions of EMDR and couples therapy often require 75 or 90 minutes, and the fee is then prorated accordingly.
Marilyn is currently a contracted provider for MHN/Optum and Cigna. Sharon can accept Cigna. A monthly superbill can be provided for you to submit to other insurance companies for out-of-network benefits.
Payment is expected at the time of service and can be made through your health savings account, cash, check, Quickpay, Venmo or PayPal.
Many people wonder about the cost of therapy, counseling, life coaching, etc. Private practice therapists are self-supporting business owners who have to provide their own medical insurance, vacation pay, sick pay, retirement savings, and disability insurance, on top of paying student loans, office rent, fees for training and professional development, etc. Another issue is that a caseload of 20ish is the most we can see, and still stay mentally healthy ourselves. An important factor!
Many therapists offer sliding scale fees for those whose income prohibits them from paying the usual fee. If this describes you, and you feel we are a perfect fit for the work you want to do, please ask for a consult. We may be able to negotiate a fee that works for both of us. If not, we will happily provide you with personal referrals based on your needs. The right therapist at the right fee is important so you can continue as long as you need to for optimal benefit.
Open Counseling https://www.opencounseling.com/california/santa-barbara
Community Counseling and Education Center https://ccecsb.org/
Pacific Pride Foundation https://pacificpridefoundation.org/counseling/
Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness https://www.countyofsb.org/behavioral-wellness
New Beginnings Counseling Center https://sbnbcc.org/