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Deborah J Vinall, LMFT license # 45229
call me today at 909-547-HURT (909-547-4878)
from AAMFT Research by the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester finds that therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick and Alex Wood of the University of Manchester compared large data sets where 1000s of people had reported on their well-being. They then looked at how well-being changed due to therapy, compared to getting sudden increases in income, such as through lottery wins or pay raises. They found that a four-month course of psychotherapy had a large effect on well-being. Their research results demonstrate that psychotherapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money.
The regular cost of a therapeutic hour is $140.

I offer a $40 discount to current full-time college and university students with proof of enrollment.

Additional discounted rates may be offered on a limited basis for economic hardship.

Victim reimbursement is available through the State of California for medical expenses (to include counseling) when a report is filed with the appropriate law enforcement agency within one year of the crime for adult victims, before the age of 19 for minor victims, or before the age of 28 in the case of sex crime victims.  For more information visit the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board and download a compensation application.

Do you take insurance?

Using your medical insurance to cover the cost of therapy is a decision to weigh carefully.  In order to submit claims for insurance reimbursement, I must disclose otherwise confidential information to a third-party payor and am no longer able to ensure that your personal information will remain private.  Insurance companies require a significant mental health diagnosis in order to authorize payment, which then becomes a part of your permanent medical record and may affect future job eligibility or background checks.  Not everyone who comes to me for treatment has impairment of the chronicity or severity to warrant a diagnosis of this type and it would be both unethical and unfair to so label my clients.  Insurance providers frequently audit records and may refuse to cover further sessions and ask for repayment if, in their non-professional assessment, they believe mental health services are not medically necessary.  For these reasons, I choose not to work with insurance providers.

I can offer you a receipt for purposes of reimbursement from your PPO insurance plan, and I can accept health savings plan credit or debit cards; however I do not accept other forms of insurance.

Can you offer me a payment plan?

Ethical standards of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) prohibit therapists from extending credit or placing themselves in the position of bill collector.  All payments are due at the time of services rendered.

What are my payment options?

You may present cash, check, or any major credit card at each session, or pay online using your VISA or Mastercard using the secure link below.

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