Please read all of the following information about my policies. The information below is subject to change.
Fees: My rate is $150 per standard 50 minute session.
Reduced Fee/Sliding Scale: A limited number of financial scholarships are available to help current clients experiencing financial hardship. Financial scholarships are need-based and cover a portion of the fee for each session. These discounts are temporary and reviewed for renewal every six weeks.
Payments: Payments may be made in person in the form of cash or check at the end of every session, or online via paypal or credit. Checks should be made out to Tara D’Orazio.
Cancellation Policy: There will be a $50 late-cancellation charge for sessions cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time. I reserve your appointment spot especially for you each week and late cancellations do not give me enough time to offer the appointment to someone else. Please let me know if you are running late as I may leave the office if you have not arrived within 10 minutes of our starting time. If you arrive late, your session will still end at the originally scheduled time. Please cancel by phone or text, e-mails may not be read in time.
No Show/Frequent Cancellations: If you neglect to cancel and miss your appointment [“no show”] you will be charged the full fee of your session. Emergency situations will be waived. Missing appointments or frequently cancelling is sometimes an indicator that we are not a good fit or that it’s the wrong time to be pursing therapy as other parts of your life may be taking priority. After two “no shows” or late cancellations you will be referred to another therapist or we will take a break from counseling.
Insurance: I accept Beacon Medi-Cal/Partnership Health Plan and provide superbills for out-of-network reimbursement for other panels. Many providers will reimburse their members for out-of-network psychotherapy services. You are responsible for making the full payment each session and seeking reimbursement from your insurance provider. Please check with your insurance provider to see what services are covered for full or partial reimbursement. Though I do not directly bill insurance I can supply receipts of service rendered or a monthly superbill to those who wish to submit these to their insurance company.
Victim-Witness Compensation Funds: I accept Victim Compensation Program funds (CalVCP or “victim witness”) which are awarded to qualifying victims of crime in California. If you do not have an active case and have been the victim of a crime please visit the CalVCP website to find out if you are eligible and apply for financial assistance for mental health and other medical services.
VA Choice: VA Choice allows military veterans to choose their own mental health services outside of the VA. To apply go to http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/
Additional Services: Requests for letters, reports, phone calls longer than 15 minutes, or mandated court appearances will result in additional fees.
Confidentiality: As a mental health professional I am bound by law to protect the privacy of your identity and the contents of what you share in session. There are a few conditions which require or allow me to break confidentiality, they are:
- I must report any disclosure or reasonable suspicion that you have a serious intent to harm yourself (e.g. actively suicidal patients)
- I must report any serious threat to harm another specific person (e.g. assault, kill) [domestic violence is not reportable unless as part of the neglect or abuse of minor children or elders]
- I must report any disclosure or reasonable suspicion of abuse toward a minor (under 18), an elder (65+), or a dependent adult (this includes disclosure of a sexual assault if you are under 18)
- I must report any disclosure of viewing, downloading, producing, owning, or accessing any and all forms of child pornography [AB1775]
- I must turn over records of your treatment if requested by court ordered subpoena
- I may discuss your treatment in order to coordinate services with another provider, with your written consent
- I may discuss your case in consultation with peer professionals without disclosing any identifying information
- (If you are using insurance) I may be required to grant your insurance company access to your records, as a condition of their payment
Communication: If you communicate confidential or private information via SMS (text) or e-mail, I will assume that you have made an informed decision and will view it as your agreement to take the risk that such communication may be intercepted. Email communication should be limited to information pertaining to scheduling or modifying appointments and should never be used for emergencies.
Social Media Policy: Clients are welcome to follow my professional Facebook page for links to mental health related content. I do not accept nor respond to social media requests from current or former clients on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. Connecting on social media sites can compromise your confidentiality and blur the boundaries of our professional relationship. Social media is not a good way to contact me as I do not check these sites frequently and communication via social messaging is not secure.
I do not view your online information, including but not limited to Google searches, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, SnapChat, or personal blogs. If there is something in your online content you wish me to see, please bring it to our sessions and we will review it together.