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Dr. Northrop offers a free 30-minute consultation for prospective clients. Once a client enrolls, Dr. Northrop charges $260 for a 50-minute individual session (clinical intake, psychotherapy, caregiver education and support). Group session rates vary based on the number of clients in the group. A discount is available for people who choose to pay with Venmo or by check, versus a credit or debit card. Rates for staff training and community workshops are negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of work involved.  

If the Fee is Too Expensive

Dr. Northrop offers a limited number of reduced-fee slots for psychotherapy, caregiver education/support and community workshops. Discuss your interest before the first session, to determine what is possible. If reduced fee slots are still too expensive, several options are available, assuming they are clinically appropriate: shorter sessions, fewer sessions per month, or a referral to another practitioner. If reduced fee slots are not available, you may choose to be put on a waitlist until a reduced-fee slot becomes available. If a reduced fee is agreed upon, it will be for a set number of sessions and it will be adjusted upwards if your financial situation improves.


Note From Dr. N: “Please trust that if I could afford to provide these services at reduced rate or for free to everyone, I would. I care about you, and I believe all humans deserve access to high quality mental health care. My rates were carefully determined to cover the many expenses involved in running a business (e.g., rent, insurance, computer/internet fees, SimplePractice, marketing, accountant fees, continuing education, etc.) and to provide my family and myself with a reliable income.”


Dr. Northrop does not accept insurance directly and you will not be able to use insurance if you have an HMO, Medicare, or Medi-Cal.  If you have a PPO insurance plan, Dr. Northrop would be considered an out-of-network provider.  PPO plans typically reimburse around 70-80% for out-of-network providers. If you are interested in using your PPO insurance, we suggest you call them and ask about their policy on out-of-network behavioral health care. You will want to know (1) the amount of your deductible and (2) what percentage of behavioral health services they reimburse. Should you choose to come to Dr. Northrop for treatment, you will be required to pay for your session in full at the time of service. She will provide you with a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

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