How much does therapy cost?
The cost of individual therapy at the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center varies by therapist. Also, as part of our commitment to providing access to effective mental health services to all members of our community, we do offer some sliding scale services to those with no insurance and who are in financial need.
Each therapist sets his or her own rates. We use the generally established standard set by Blue Cross Blue Shield in most cases. However, we will accept the allowable rate set by most insurance so that you have no more to pay than your insurance co-pay set amount. For those without insurance, we are able to, in a limited number of cases, consider a reduced rate based on “ability to pay.
Therapy can feel expensive. Most clients find the results to be well worth the cost but, admittedly, it can be hard to justify the cost before seeing results. In that way, therapy can feel like a medium-risk investment. Many of my clients self-pay, rather than having an insurance company label you or your child with a condition that will remain on your medical records and possibly affect your ability to get insurance in the future. Others use their insurance benefits to offset the cost of therapy. That decision is up to you, but I’m happy to talk over the implications. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am eligible for reimbursement by insurance companies. That said, at this time there are only two insurance companies I contract with as a preferred provider. As a preferred provider, my contract with them says they will reimburse my services at their highest rate. They are: • ODS Companies • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon If you have insurance coverage with a different co