What are your fees?
As of 1/1/19, my fees are as follows:
Initial Consultation, $550, includes comprehensive interview and discussion, may or may not include a recommendation (or a prescription) for medication or further assessment measures.
50-minute Psychotherapy Appointments, $300, consist of time spent further exploring and understanding the factors in your life that have brought you to this point and where you'd like to direct your life from here.
20-minute Check-Ups, $225, are typically reserved for patients who I am seeing for medication management only (not psychotherapy) and are scheduled as frequently as needed, but, on average, are needed once every one to six months. (I require that regular patients check in with me at least once every six months.)
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, credit cards. I also accept payments via Venmo @Lois-Parkison ( w Privacy Settings --'Audience: Participants Only' and 'Who Can Share: Only Me').
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a 48-hour cancellation policy (following our first appointment). You will be responsible for the complete session fee if cancelling less than forty-eight hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
For the initial appointment, I do not charge a missed session or late cancellation, but, if you wish to reschedule, I will require a credit card to be kept on file and will apply the 48-hour cancellation policy for the second consultation appointment.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently only an in-network provider with Aetna, and its subsidiaries (eg, Meritain).
If you have an insurance other than Aetna, I am considered an 'out of network' provider. This means that you are responsible for the full amount at the time of service. As an additional courtesy, if you have a PPO policy, I am happy to submit the claim electronically on your behalf.
Do you accept Medicare?
Unfortunately, at this time, I do not. If your ability to get mental health care is limited for financial reasons, please click the following link to be taken to the Mental Health Association (MHA) of San Francisco's website for a comprehensive list of resources.
Are you accessible from public transportation?
Yes, the J-Church stops approximately two blocks from my office, BART is about a 10-15 minute walk (includes a hill), and a couple of MUNI buses run down 24th Street.
Is your office accessible to those with disabilities?
Unfortunately no. There are two flights of stairs to reach my office. I am, however, willing to have appointments via Skype. Please see below.
What are your hours?
As a working mother, I'm afraid my hours do not work for all schedules. I am currently in the office Tuesday through Friday and typically have hours available between 10 am and 4 pm.
What is your fax number?
Is what I share with you confidential?
Unless you provide me with written authorization to disclose information to another individual or agency, anything that you share with me is completely confidential. However, under California State Law, the following exceptions exist:
1) a client presents a danger to self or others,
2) an incident of suspected child abuse or neglect occurs,
3) an incident of suspected elder abuse or neglect occurs,
4) a court order is issued,
5) actions are necessary to collect payment, or
6) an insurance company requests information for reimbursement of services.
If you are interested in learning more about your legal rights to privacy in the healthcare system, please visit: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy.