2401 Stanwell Drive

Suite 460, Office #2

Concord CA, 94520

donna@diablovalleycounseling.com

 

Tel: (925) 338-1556

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© 2018 by Donna Christianson, MA, AMFT #101873

Supervised by Kathleen Benitez, LCSW #17747

Practicing through the auspices of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, a nonprofit organization providing affordable counseling & psychotherapy services to adults, children & adolescents, couples and families throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Frequently Asked Questions

"Do you accept insurance?"

If you wish to use insurance to cover the cost of therapy, there are a few steps to follow before we can determine that. First you must call your insurance provider and see if you can see an out of network provider for mental health services. The second question to ask you insurance is if you can see a registered intern as the out of network provider. If the answer is yes to both of these inquiries then I can create a superbill for you to submit to your insurance provider. You will be required to cover the cost of the session and then it is up to you to submit the superbill to your insurance for reimbursement. If you are curious about that process feel free to ask you insurance provider. 

"Do you have a sliding scale? If so, what are your fees per session?"

My standard fee per individual and couple sessions is $120.00. I offer a sliding scale that ranges between $70.00 to $120.00.  I do have limited spots below my sliding scale which are determined on a case by case basis. Feel free to have a conversation regarding what is available regarding my openings.

My adult son needs help; can you see him? 

If you are calling for another adult, whether it being your child, spouse, or family member, I need to hear from them personally to schedule a consultation. They have to be interested in participating in therapy, and no matter how much we want our loved ones to seek help, they have to want it for themselves.

I am a teenager, do I need my parents permission to come to therapy?

Health & Safety Code § 124260

“[A] minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to [outpatient] mental health treatment or counseling services if, in the opinion of the attending professional person, the minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in the mental health treatment or counseling services.” (Cal. Health & Saf. Code § 124260.)

I prefer to have parental consent when seeing a minor. It is rare to see an adolescent client without parental consent, and I have several criteria and guidelines that I must abide by to before therapy commences. Starting therapy involves giving consent for mental health services and I would have to determine if you were able to fully understand the  nature of therapeutic counseling, and if you were mature enough to participate without your parents present. In addition, as the client you would be responsible for all session fees.