What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A California clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. has completed between 4-7 years of graduate study and 3000 hours of supervised professional experience, with 1500 of those hours at the postdoctoral level. Psychologists in California are licensed through the California Board of Psychology.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has completed four years of medical school and three years of residency training with a specialization in mental health diagnosis. Therefore, they are trained and licensed to prescribe medications.
Both psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to treat complex and severe mental health issues both in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Do you prescribe drugs?
No. Only your physician or treating psychiatrist can prescribe medications. Dr. Ginny Estupinian is a licensed clinical psychologist who cannot prescribe any medications.
Our office has a panel of psychiatrists we closely work with and refer to when a client has the need for medication. When necessary, the combination of medication and therapy work well together to help clients feel better.
What ages do you work with?
Our staff is experienced and trained to work with individuals 13 years of age and up. We do not offer child therapy although we do offer Neurofeedback treatments for ADHD and other mental health conditions in children.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, debit cards, and credit cards.
Do you take insurance?
No. However, we will provide you with an itemized invoice after each session that many of our clients then submit to their insurance carriers for reimbursement. The invoice will contain all the appropriate insurance codes and detail information most carriers require.
Should you wish to use your insurance plan, it is recommended that you check with your PPO carrier to determine what your “out of network provider ” benefits are and plan accordingly. Reimbursement is usually NOT available for HMO insurance policyholders.
Are there any disadvantages to using my out of network provider benefits?
Although your out-of-pocket expenses will be reduced, so will your privacy. Information such as diagnosis, dates of service and charge will be sent to the insurance carrier. Also, some insurers require additional information including the justification for treatment, a treatment plan, your capacity to benefit from treatment, and your ongoing response to treatment. Having this information included in your medical database is something you should carefully consider before utilizing your benefits.
What is the length of a session?
The standard individual therapy session is 45-50 min.
Neuropsychological assessments sessions vary depending on the type of assessment(s) being conducted and the client’s needs. We will develop a schedule that is comfortable for each client.
Neurofeedback sessions vary depending on the protocol being implemented. A schedule will be provided in advance of any treatment.
Do you provide couples therapy?
Yes, the cost per 50 min session for couples therapy is $250
What are your fees?
The fee range for our standard 50 min therapy session is $200 to $275.
The fee range for neuropsychological assessments varies according to the assessment. Please refer to the “services provided” page for more information
The fee for neurofeedback is on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the issues being addressed. Please call our office for more information.
Is therapy confidential?
There are various state and federal laws that protect the confidentiality of all communications between a client and their psychologist. No information will be disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, if a client submits receipts for services to their insurance provider, in order to obtain reimbursement for paid services, some information about treatment may be required by the insurance carrier.
There are a few special circumstances in which the law requires therapists to break confidentiality. These situations include:
Suspected child abuse
Suspected elder abuse
A client threating serious bodily harm to another person or group
A client endorsing plans to harm themselves
A court order
Please refer to our office policies for more detailed information.
How soon can I be seen
Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to be seen as soon as the same day or the next day pending any large or unexpected demand for services.