Fees, Insurance & Paperwork
45 minute session- $178* (varies by location)
55 minute session- $198
75 minute session- $268
Oasis Therapy Center is a PPO provider, meaning that our professional services qualify for reimbursement under most insurance plans. While we do not participate directly with any insurance company, many plans allow you to apply for reimbursement using the billing statements we give you at each session. With your written permission, we can also provide your insurance company with any additional information about me needed to process your claim.
To learn how much your unique insurance plan will reimburse you for an appointment with an "out-of network provider," please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card and ask how much will be covered for the CPT Code (session code) that matches the type of appointment you are coming in for.
Here is a script you can use:
"Hi there. I am calling to find out about the out-of-network benefits under my insurance policy. I would like to know how much I will be reimbursed for the following CPT code (session code): __________ [find the code below that matches the service you are seeking]. I am also wondering what my plan's annual deductible is, and have I met it yet? Thank you."
90834 ("Individual Psychotherapy")
90847 ("Family Psychotherapy")
Additionally, it is a good idea to find out what your unique plan's deductible is, and if you have yet met it this year. Regardless of whether you meet with an in-network or out-of-network provider, you will be paying your deductible out of pocket until that amount is reached.
It is also recommended to get this information prior to our free consultation so you know what out of pocket costs you can expect. We are also glad to discuss this more at length when we meet.
Finally, this is a reminder that if you are self-employed, your superbills can be saved and used towards itemized healthcare deductions in the next tax year.
App to get you quickly and painlessly reimbursed:
BETTER is an app that ensures a smooth process of getting you reimbursed for your out-of-network health insurance benefits.
It takes about five minutes to complete your one-time profile (just snap a picture of your insurance card and input your basic info). After that, you forward the superbill you receive each month from Oasis Therapy Center to BETTER, and they handle the rest of your reimbursement process to get you more money back, and faster.
BETTER charges 10% of what they earn for you, so they only get paid if you get paid.
They do all the legwork for you--no more paperwork, no more follow up calls, how great is that?
Click here to get started with BETTER.
Reduced fee psychotherapy:
At Oasis, we care about making psychotherapy as accessible as possible. To that end, we offer a few designated low-fee spots based on financial need or lack of insurance coverage. These scholarship spots are offered in six month increments, at the end of which you have the option to be considered for an extension. Decisions are based on degree of need and current availability.
Please contact Oasis to be considered for one of these spots. And if we are unable to accommodate you at the time you reach out, we will offer you the options to either be waitlisted until a spot becomes available, or provide you immediate referrals to other therapists.
We use a secure online portal to send you a questionnaire and documents for you to sign in preparation for your session.
Your appointment will need to be canceled and rescheduled if your paperwork is not completed at least 12 hours in advance of your appointment time.
We have a strict paperwork policy to ensure that your therapist is prepared for your appointment, and that your time together is as useful, and focused as possible.
Directions: Berkeley office
Our East Bay office is available for appointments with Else Gong, Colin Boylan, and Kathryn Richards.
3120 Telegraph Avenue #7D
Berkeley, CA 94705
We are located on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Woolsey Street in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley.
If you are coming to us by public transportation, we are about a ten minute walk from the Ashby BART Station, and available by several public bus lines.
If you are driving to your appointment, please note that there is street parking available only.
Once you have arrived and are facing the building, the entrance door is on the right hand side of the building. Please use the door code provided to you in your intake information.
If you do not believe you received the door code, please contact us at:
Do you offer therapy online if I can't make it in to your office?
Yes, we offer therapy in person and online to make treatment as easy and accessible as possible.
Having your sessions through video-conferencing (called "teletherapy") is a great option for new parents who are struggling to make it out of the house with an infant, couples that wish to continue with their counseling even when they are in different locations, and anyone who has a hard time getting away during working hours for their appointments.
We utilize a HIPAA-compliant platform called doxy.me, which is free and takes just a minute to set up.
Directions: San Francisco office
Our San Francisco office is available for appointments with Anna Lewis, Colin Boylan, and Kim Strong.
2000 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 506
San Francisco CA 94109
Metered street parking is available.
Muni stops at multiple locations around the office.
Pay by use parking garages are located at 1725 Sacramento Street, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, and 1700 California Street
Why doesn't Oasis accept insurance?
At Oasis, we believe is providing you excellent mental health care. This means immediate scheduling availability, therapist who have the time and energy in their schedule to truly devote to you, and the ability to provide the length and type of mental health care you need, not what is approved by your insurance provider.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often limit the number of sessions they cover, allowing a standardized cap dictate the kind of treatment you will receive, rather than your needs or goals for treatment.
Additionally, a mental "disorder" diagnosis is often required on paperwork, meaning that preventative care is not covered. We don't want our clients to show up decompensated and disordered because they waited too long to receive covered care.
We value an optimal course of care created by you and your therapist based on your goals. This way, you can proactively work together on issues before they become a "disorder."
Our clinicians are not rushing through rounds to get through a certain quota of patients. Rather, at Oasis our clinicians are given the mental space, and time in their schedule to truly be present with you.
We also make access a priority, so it will not take weeks on a waiting list to get in for an appointment. Our commitment is to see a client within a week of their reaching out for an appointment.
What is data-driven psychotherapy?
At Oasis, we provide data-driven psychotherapy. What that means is that the assessment, treatment planning, skills, and tools we use with you are empirically supported, so you know you are receiving treatment that has been proven effective in clinical trials around the world.
Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT):
The Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) includes two evidence-based scales for monitoring the quality and outcome of behavioral healthcare services. Multiple randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have shown that PCOMS as much as doubles the effectiveness of treatment while simultaneously reducing dropout, deterioration rates, and service delivery costs.
So, how do I do Feedback Informed Treatment?
The PCOMS software is on an iPad. Your therapist will hand you the iPad at the beginning of every appointment to answer a few questions about how your week went in relationship to your goals for treatment. You and your therapist are tracking your progress immediately at the outset of the appointment, and neither of you ever loses track of your goals for therapy. You will use these answers to these questions to inform the strategy for that appointment.
At the end of the appointment, your therapist will return the iPad to you to track the outcomes of that appointment. Providing feedback about the therapy in the moment is one of the most important things you can do to increase the effectiveness of your therapy, and reduce wasted time. Your therapist will use your feedback to immediately course-correct, and provide you even more targeted treatment.
Gottman Method for Relationship Counseling:
This system of couples therapy is grounded in decades of empirical research.
The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to:
Disarm conflicting verbal communication
Increase intimacy, respect, and affection
Remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations
Create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship
This system of relationship / marriage counseling provides a formal rubric for assessment, treatment planning, and skill-building.