Rates, Policies, and Forms
The regular fee is $140 for a 50 minute counseling session. A percentage of the practice is setup to offer a sliding scale rate from $80-100. I am also on several insurance panels for your convience.
No-Show and Cancellation Policy
I do not charge for no-shows especially if there is an unavoidable emergency. I simply request that you call or text any changes to your availability as soon as possible. Please re-confirm your appointment 24 hours in advance.
Working with Insurance Programs - Out of Network
If you have out of network benefits, I can provide you with a Superbill which you can use to seek out of network reimbursement from your insurance company. As a general rule, insurance companies will only pay for therapy if there is a diagnosable clinical condition (i.e., Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.). If you plan to seek reimbursement from your insurance, I recommend calling your insurance provider and asking them the following:
- “Do you require pre-authorization for me to obtain behavioral health services/counseling from an out of network Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?”
- “What is my deductible for an out of network provider?”
- “What are your reimbursement rates for an out of network provider?”
If you are not seeking reimbursement from your insurance company, you do not have to meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis to receive counseling services, you have more flexibility regarding what you want to work on during our counseling sessions, and you have more options regarding the frequency and duration of counseling services.
You may be able to use a HSA (health savings account) or FSA to pay for services.
Privacy Laws and Counseling
Regardless of whether you use insurance, your personal health information and counseling/therapy records are protected by strict State and Federal Privacy Laws. All mental health providers, such as myself, are legally and ethically required to abide by the laws of confidentiality.
Please download needed forms and bring them with you to save session time.
Rick Slinkard MFT
San Diego Marriage and Famiy Therapy
16935 West Bernardo Drive Ste 102
San Diego, CA 92127