(619) 733-1085

Email:
therapists@pccounselingcenter.com

Phone:
(619) 733-6414

Address:
5480 Baltimore Drive          Suites 106 & 250
La Mesa, CA 91942
Map & Driving Directions

Psychotherapy Office Hours:

Sun: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Mon: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Tue: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wed: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thu: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Administrative Office Hours:

Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Rates & Insurance

Rates

Please call (619) 733-6414 to inquire about clinician-specific rates.

Insurance

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee assistance program. Please confirm that your specific therapist is in-network with your insurance company or EAP prior to the 1st session. Please be aware that not all diagnoses/problems/conditions dealt with in therapy are covered by insurance. It is your responsibility to verify the specifics of your coverage prior to therapy. Also, check your coverage carefully by asking your insurance company the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a co-pay? If so, how much is it?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • Does my plan cover an out of network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Insurances accepted include: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, APS Healthcare,  Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield of California, Ceridian, Cigna, HMC Healthworks, Magellan, Optum Behavioral Health, Tri-care, Triwest CHOICE, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care and various EAP's. We are also authorized to treat problem gamblers through the Office of Problem Gambling (Call 1-800-GAMBLER for further information).  If you have been a victim of a crime in California you may be eligible for free therapy paid for by the Victim Compensation Fund (A valid case number is required).  In addition, if you have a PPO insurance plan not listed above, part of our fees may be reimbursed directly to you by your insurance company.

Additional services including letter writing, consultations with other professionals, telephone conversations, travel time, reviewing records or reports, longer sessions, etc. will be billed at the same rate as your therapy sessions. Insurance typically does not cover these services.

Insurance vs Self Payment: Which should I do?

It is beneficial to be informed about the advantages and disadvantages of using insurance to pay for therapy services. The differences between paying for sessions on your own versus using insurance coverage are reviewed below.

Confidentiality: Insurance companies providing payment for therapy services have a right to information about a client's treatment in order to determine if, in their opinion, it is medically or clinically necessary. This personal information is entered into a database which offers no guarantee of protection or privacy.

For self payment, communications shared between client and therapist are kept private and confidential, except for certain mandated disclosures involving child or elder abuse, or when a client is a danger to self or others. Therapists must maintain strict privacy over clients' personal information and treatment progress unless a specific release of information is signed by the client.

Type of Care: Insurance companies determine the type and extent of treatment, which entails a limited number of sessions to reduce costs. Brief therapy is highly encouraged despite client and therapist preferences. Additionally, qualifying for coverage of treatment is dependent on the assignment of a diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder. This can have negative consequences for clients who do not exhibit a diagnosable problem, who are concerned about the appearance of a mental disorder on present and future medical records, and who are concerned that a diagnosable mental disorder may affect one’s future insurability.

With self-pay, clients and therapists are free to determine the type and extent of treatment to be provided. This includes collaboratively identifying problematic issues, deciding on goals to be addressed, and determining how many sessions are necessary.

Choice of Therapist: Most insurance companies restrict the choice that clients have in selecting a therapist. The client chooses his/her therapist from a list of providers that are contracted with their health care network. If a client is dissatisfied with their choice in therapist, they must obtain authorization to seek treatment from a different therapist on the insurance companies list.

With self pay, clients have the right to select the therapist of their choice. This decision is based solely on clients’ preferences, satisfaction, and needs. Client’s have the right to choose a different therapist if at any time they are dissatisfied.

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Please inquire with your therapist.

Payment:

We accept cash, check or charge, and some insurances and EAP’s. Payment is due at the time services are rendered.

Cancellation Policy:

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you do not attend your scheduled appointment, or you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full fee of your session.  Please keep in mind that if you typically have a co-pay, the full-fee of the session will likely be more. Your insurance company and/or EAP will not cover this fee.