Do you accept insurance?
We are "out of network" providers with most insurance companies. You can contact your insurance carrier to determine what percentage they will pay for out of network therapy. Depending on the provider, we have seen the rate of reimbursement range from 30% - 85% of the cost of individual therapy or couples counseling services.
We are happy to provide you with receipts that include all the detailed codes required by insurers. Psychotherapy is also typically covered by pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Spending Accounts (HSAs).
You can view the rates for each of our therapists by looking at their online scheduler in the "Our Therapists" section of our website. Our fees range from $150 - $185 per 50-minute session.
Do you give feedback or do you just listen?
Our clients tell us they are grateful that they have found therapists who don't just sit quietly and listen. We are interactive, down-to-earth psychotherapists and you can expect us to respond to you with honest feedback and guidance. We never lose sight of our goal to bring the awareness you experience in therapy to the world outside the therapy office.
All of our therapists are seasoned professionals, licensed by the State of California.
Do you only work with gay people?
No. While our primary focus is on providing a safe place for LGBTQ women and men, we also enjoy working with straight people. In fact, many straight people find that a gay therapist or couples counselor is the most comfortable person for them to talk to because they know that we won’t judge them for issues surrounding sex or gender. We only work with adults over the age of 21.
What kind of individual therapy do you provide?
A powerful way to reduce anxiety and depression is to learn how to identify your negative—and often untrue—thoughts and beliefs and to replace them with truer, realistic thoughts that bring you back to yourself with a feeling of calm. This is called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and it is known for being one the most rapid forms of therapy.
As you practice this technique during the course of therapy and start to feel better, we can also begin to explore where these beliefs originated. This level of work, called Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, can provide even greater relief and allow you to expand your expectations of how good you can feel.
We are good at helping clients gain new insights and then helping them apply the insights into everyday life for real, practical change.
What kind of couples counseling do you provide?
We are highly interactive and we will not let you and your partner interact in the session the way you keep doing at home. Our job is to give you a new experience of relating.
With new research and therapy techniques, the success rates of couples counseling have increased dramatically over the years. Our work is influenced by Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is one of the researched forms of couples counseling and has been proven to be one of the most effective. Several of us have completed advanced training with Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT, and we continue to do ongoing training in EFT.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. You can pay online on our website before or during each session. We also accept checks and cash if that is better for you.
How do I get started?
You can set up a free 15-minute phone call with us by calling, emailing, or using our online scheduler, whichever is most comfortable with for you. Or, if you prefer, you can just book your first appointment online. Either way, we’ll make sure we talk for a few minutes on the phone before the first session.
Adam D. Blum, MFT, our Founder and Director, answers the Gay Therapy Center phone and is good at matching clients to the therapist best suited for their needs. He can typically get you an appointment with one of our therapists within a day or two. And If he doesn't think we have the best training for your issues, he will refer you to a better resource.