Fees & FAQs

Fees for Therapy

Individual Therapy
$205 to $360*

Individual therapy sessions usually last between 45 to 60 minutes. *Session fees quoted above are based on the length of sessions and pro-rated according to clinicians’ hourly fees.

Couples Therapy
$275 to $400*

Couples therapy sessions usually last 50 to 90 minutes. The first three sessions are usually reserved for intake and assessment.

*Session fees quoted above are based on the length of sessions and pro-rated according to clinicians’ hourly fees for couples’ therapy.

Please note: Couples therapy services are not covered by health insurance and are not included in our EAP contracts.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost for therapy sessions vary depending on the therapist’s level of training, education, clinical experience, expertise, and specialty areas. Similar to other types of services, fees also vary depending on the length of time spent in session.

Dr. Melanie Chinchilla is an in-network provider with Lyra Health and Modern Health Employee Assistance Programs.

Both Dr. Melanie Chinchilla and Emily Rubins, LMFT, are in-network providers with Managed Health Network (MHN) commercial insurance plans. If Approach Therapy and/or its providers do not have a contract or an agreement in place with the insurance company, Approach Therapy and its providers would be considered out-of-network providers. (If you are only interested in working with an in-network provider, you may find our post with tips to find a therapist helpful.)

We reserve session time just for you. If you need to cancel your appointment, we ask that you notify your therapist at least 48 hours ahead of time. If you are unable to attend the session or cancel your appointment less than 48 hours ahead of time, you are responsible for the full session fee.

Approach Therapy uses SimplePractice, an electronic health record system which allows our clients easy access to schedule, re-schedule or cancel their appointments online. Therapists open their schedule up to two months in advance and you can schedule, re-schedule, or cancel your appointment up to 48 hours before your scheduled appointment time. If it is less than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment, you will no longer be able to make changes to your appointment using the Client Portal.

If you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment less than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment time, please e-mail your therapist directly. You can also call or text 415-370-0141 to leave your therapist a message.

At this time, our therapists do not provide letters or referrals to register an Emotional Support Animal (ESA).
While ESAs can help many people cope with anxiety, stress, or depression, providing these letters is currently outside the scope of our practice.

You have the right to select a healthcare provider in or outside of your health insurance network. However, it is important that you understand and are informed of your rights and responsibilities with respect to your healthcare and your healthcare coverage.

When you choose to work with an out-of-network healthcare provider, you pay the fees to the provider directly. Prior to engaging in any services, you will be provided with information about services and the cost of those services. , Approach Therapy  are able to provide our clients with a receipt and a detailed statement, called a superbill, that may be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement. Depending on the type of insurance you have, the specifics of your coverage, and whether you have out-of-network mental health coverage and benefits, you may be eligible to have your insurance company reimburse you for some portion of the cost of therapy.

Using Out-Of-Network Insurance Benefits

Although we are currently an out-of-network provider with most insurances we have the ability to file out-of-network claims for you and help you potentially get partial reimbursement for mental health services. You can use the tool below to check your insurance and see if you are eligible for these benefits.

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