How much does your monthly retainer cost?2023-02-09T20:30:05-08:00

Our rates are comparable to other established and reputable clinical psychologists on the Westside of Los Angeles. The cost of working with us reflects our doctoral-level training, sought-after skill set, specialized training, and unique concierge model of care.

To calculate the cost of your monthly retainer, multiply the number of hours you desire to reserve in your psychologist’s schedule each month by their rate. Drs. Abbene and Barajas’ rate is $333 per 60 minutes. Dr. Goldman’s rate is $367 per 60 minutes. Dr. Lee’s rate is $400 per 60 minutes. For example, if you’d like to reserve four hours in Dr. Barajas’ schedule for the month (four 60-minute sessions), that would be a $1,332 retainer. If you’d like to reserve 3 hours (four 45-minute sessions) in Dr. Lee’s schedule for the month, that would be a $1,200 retainer.

If you don’t need a doctoral-level therapist with specialized experience or the benefits that come with concierge therapy, then working with us might not be the best fit. There are many wonderful therapists who are generalists and/or provide services using the traditional therapy model. Using an online directory may help you find a therapist that is a better fit. Therapy Den and Inclusive Therapists are two reputable online directories we know of.

Does LA Concierge Psychologist take insurance?2022-06-10T21:25:45-07:00

We are not an in-network provider with any insurance panels and do not work directly with insurance companies. For clients with PPO insurance plans, upon request, we provide a receipt of services (also known as a “superbill”). We give this directly to clients so you can see exactly what information we are sharing with your insurance plan; the information we include is what is necessary for insurance to consider reimbursement. You use this to apply for reimbursement from your insurance company. We do not work with or communicate with insurance companies directly.

In the spirit of transparency, submitting a superbill requires us to give you a diagnosis, which will become part of your medical record. Additionally, your insurance may ask for your therapy records. As many of our clients desire the highest levels of privacy, this may be undesirable.

Does LA Concierge Psychologist have a sliding scale or provide any discounts?2020-12-24T14:11:35-08:00

As concierge therapy is an exclusive service that is only offered to a limited number of individuals, we do not offer a sliding scale or discounts.

I don’t think I can afford your fees, but I’d really like to work with you. What can I do?2022-06-10T21:28:27-07:00

$333 to $400 per 60 minutes might sound out of reach for you. Because we see our clients primarily via teletherapy, session length is flexible. This makes sessions a little more affordable than you may initially think. For example, if you choose to have a 45 minute session with Drs. Abbene, Barajas, or Goldman, the fee is $250. A 45 minute session with Dr. Lee is $300. During our free 20 minute consultation, we can discuss if a shorter session length will be appropriate for your needs.

We also recognize that not everyone has the financial means to benefit from on-going concierge therapy. As an effort to increase accessibility, we provide time-limited consultation services. This is great for individuals with very specific, short-term issues that can be addressed via psychoeducation or collaborative problem-solving. Click here to learn about the benefits of consultation. We are also available for private small-group workshops and short-term groups. Please contact us to discuss your desired topic.

Additionally, we offer opportunities to learn via our blogFacebook page, and speaking engagements. If you’d like Dr. Lee to speak at your school, organization, or group of peers, please use the contact us form to submit your request.

I don’t live in Los Angeles. Can I still work with you?2021-12-24T12:05:02-08:00

We provide therapy via secure video chat to clients across all of California. Dr. Lee additionally provides online therapy in Nevada, and Dr. Abbene is available to work with clients throughout Texas as well. This is known as teletherapy. Teletherapy has been shown to be as effective as in-person therapy in most cases. If you’re unsure if your needs are appropriate for teletherapy, contact us to discuss the situation. We will give you our honest opinion.


What is the No Surprise Act?2021-12-24T12:07:50-08:00

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

• You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
• Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
• If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
• Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.

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