About Insurance and the Need to Protect Your Confidentiality

I currently accept insurance from the following providers: 

  • Blue Shield
  • Avante Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Health Services
  • Humana
  • Mental Health Network (MHN)

I am also able to accept patients covered by an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Sutter Health, Claremont Behavioral Services, or Concern:EAP. 

If you have an insurance carrier other than those listed above, you might still be able to use your insurance benfits for therapy, but let me explain how it works.  

Insurance through a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or through a Traditional Indemnity Plan (Fee for Service) will usually cover your theapy. You simply have to meet whatever deductible your plan requires and pay the co-pay. Sometimes, insurance companies will ask you to pay for therapy at the time of your session and then reimburse you once an invoice is submitted. If your insurance handles its payments in this manner, I can help you with that, too.

When you call, let me know who your insurance carrier is, and I will check with them to see if they will approve treatment.

Just be aware that insurance companies tend to micromanage the care they are paying for, in order to keep expenses at an absolute minimum.  However, that focus on cost means they can limit the amount of care you receive, such as limiting the number of therapy sessions.  But beyond that, they also often want access to confidential information about your therapy. They will want to know what issue has brought you in, and sometimes they will seek information on what you talk about in your sessions with me.  

If you pay for therapy yourself, you have the freedom to pursue the type of treatment you feel is best for you, while at the same time preserving your privacy and confidentiality.  These things are very important to me.

Whatever your choice, I want to help you get the therapy you need, and I want to help you with your insurance coverage. If you have questions about this, or want to discuss it further, please call me at 559-579-8787 for a free, 15-minute telephone consultation.