What is the fee?
When scheduling an appointment with one of our pre-licensed therapists, the regular fee per 50-minute session is $85. We have a sliding scale that slides down to $35 depending upon gross household income and number of dependents.
The regular fee per 50-minute session for our Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists is obviously higher though they also offer a modified sliding scale. Please call us at 415-492-0720 for more details.
Do you accept insurance or MediCal?
We do not accept any insurance or MediCal. We’re happy to prepare a statement for you to submit to your insurance carrier to see if they will reimburse you for payments already made. We are not responsible for any decision made by your insurance carrier; you are responsible for making full payments to APPLE FamilyWorks.
How do I pay?
We accept checks, cash, VISA or Mastercard. Payment is expected at the beginning or end of each session.
How often do I come and for how long?
It is typically most effective for clients to attend at least one 50-minute session per week; your therapist will make alternate recommendations if he or she feels it is clinically appropriate.
Therapy can be a very effective and powerful way to work through many challenges. There is no way to be certain, however, how long it will take to meet your goals. Some therapy is quite short-term but depending upon the challenges in your life and your goals for growth and healing, therapy can sometimes be a long-term process – which some people find to be an integral part of their commitment to self-growth.
Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Psychotherapy or counseling can provide support and skills-building for coping with challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood trauma, bereavement, work conflicts, stress management, loss, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. Therapy is an active, engaging way to identify what’s not working in your life and relationships and to develop the skills needed to have more of what you want and need.
What can I expect and how does it work?
During sessions you can expect to talk about your primary concerns and struggles, along with your hopes and goals. Each therapist might work in slightly different ways, but in general they will be working with you to help you gain greater awareness of yourself and others in order to help you realize your goals – often this includes developing or strengthening healthy coping and communication skills. Depending upon your primary concerns, your therapist will work to give you practical skills to apply in order to help you gain greater clarity, heal old wounds, alleviate suffering, feel better about yourself and strengthen your relationships.
For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions. Your therapist works to create a safe and candid relationship with you and acts as a trained and empathetic guide, but your motivation and commitment to the process of understanding and growth has a tremendous impact on whether or not you find counseling to be a helpful experience.
We know it takes a lot of courage to get help; and we know that despite doing your best, life can sometimes be a struggle. Here at APPLE FamilyWorks we are devoted to providing excellent counseling and therapy services so that you can live a healthier, more fulfilling life!