FAQs

How Much Experience Do You Have?

I have over 20 years of professional experience as a psychologist.

My experience includes direct clinical work, executive coaching, providing continuing education courses to psychologists, working as a Professor in a Clinical Ph.D. Program, publishing independent research articles, supervising practicum students, teaching graduate clinical psychology courses, and chairing more than 20 doctoral dissertations. I have completed trainings in Health Psychology, Trauma and EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples. I also have many years of training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

Do You Provide Consultation to Other Mental Health Professionals?

I provide talks and continuing education workshops for professionals at national conferences of organizations like the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and The Association for Women in Psychology and to state and local psychological associations. I provide consultation to individual mental health professionals on either a regular or as-needed basis.

Fees

A typical session lasts  50-minutes and is $ 200.00. I can work with you to tailor the session length or frequency to your clinical needs and finances.

I also offer 80-minute sessions for initial assessment, EMDR, couples therapy and so on.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

Because everyone’s circumstances are unique, I cannot provide an answer on a FAQ page. The length of therapy depends on your goals, whether they are to deal with a specific issue or to effect long-term change in behavior or relationship patterns.

  • Short-term therapy to address a specific issue is about 8-12 sessions.
  • EMDR therapy can range from 3-4 sessions to a few months.
  • Longer-term therapy to effect change in entrenched life patterns, attachment styles, or ways of seeing oneself and the world can take from 6 months to 2 years.
  • Some people choose to stay in therapy longer for ongoing support or to fulfill their potential.
  • Executive/Entrepreneur Coaching can last from a few sessions to a year or more.

Are Your Services Covered by Insurance?

Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to find out how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy.

Here are some questions to ask your insurance provider to help determine your coverage:

  • Does my health insurance plan include out-of-network mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have?

I can provide a Superbill/Receipt at the end of each month for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I am not on any Managed Care panels and I don’t take Medicare. If you have a card from your employer with money set aside for health expenses, I may be able to run it for payment.

What Types of Payment Do You Accept?

I accept cash, checks and all major forms of credit cards. Payment is due at the time of service.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 48 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.

Do I Need to Fill Out Forms Before I Come In?

I will email you forms for consent, background information, and privacy practices to print out and bring to the first session.

How Do I Contact You?

You can contact me by:
Filling out the Contact page of this website
E-mailing me at melanie@drmelaniegreenberg.com
Calling me at 415-742-8062.

If I don’t answer your call, I may be with a client, so leave a message with your name, phone number, e-mail, what type of service you seek, and the best days and times to contact you. I try to return calls the same day.