What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” is a process by which a broad range of psychological problems and emotional distress can be treated. In psychotherapy, a trained mental health professional works with an individual, couple, or family to apply evidence-based techniques and counseling to help clients work through their problems, relieve symptoms, and improve overall quality of life and well-being.


How can psychotherapy help me?

Studies have found that most people who engage in psychotherapy benefit from the treatment. For therapy to be most successful, however, it is important that the therapist and client establish trust and agree on the goals and tasks for treatment. It is important to note that not all mental health professionals are the “best fit” for all clients. There are a wide variety of treatment modalities and areas of expertise to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems—making the initial assessment and treatment plan is an important first step in any course of psychotherapy. With the right “fit” between you and your therapist, psychotherapy can be successful in alleviating a wide range of psychological problems and emotional distress, and give you new skills to cope with challenges that may arise in the future. 

*Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering all appointments, including initial appointments, to patients located in California through secure and encrypted video-conferencing platforms. Please feel free to contact us for more information.*


How much does therapy cost?

Please note that Coronado Psych does not currently take insurance. We do, however, provide monthly superbills that include service dates and billing and diagnostic codes that can be submitted by clients to their insurance companies for potential reimbursement.

Our session fee is $250 for psychotherapy appointments, except for the initial intake session, which is $280.

Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card; and they are due at the beginning of each psychotherapy session. For more information about the typical costs for psychological services, please review the following website:
https://www.fairhealthconsumer.org/medical

Codes for individual psychotherapy and initial sessions are 90837 and 90791, respectively, and my practice zip code is 92118.
Please note that we charge a $250 fee for late cancellations (within 24 hours of session time) and no shows.

*Please note that we are currently offering reduced fees for all healthcare and essential workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to contact us for more information.* 


How does telepsychology work?

Telepsychology is a great way for individuals to access needed services, especially when there are logistical challenges that get in the way of attending regular office visits. At Coronado Psych, we offer secure telephone and encrypted video-conference psychotherapy sessions. Because psychotherapy via telehealth may not be appropriate for everyone, all individuals interested in this service are asked to attend at least one in-person session in order to collaboratively assess the appropriateness of this service to address each client’s needs and goals.

*Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering all appointments, including initial appointments, to patients located in California through secure and encrypted video-conferencing platforms. Please feel free to contact us for more information.*


How do I get started?

A course of treatment at Coronado Psych begins with a comprehensive psychological assessment, followed by an evidence-based treatment plan tailored to each client’s needs. Our psychologists have extensive training in several different evidence-based treatment modalities and work collaboratively with each client to develop treatment plans that best fit each client’s needs and goals for psychotherapy. To get started, simply call (619-554-0120) or email (info@coronadopsych.com) or click here to schedule your initial assessment.

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