starting the process


For many people, therapy is new and somewhat overwhelming, so I want to help make this process as smooth as possible.  I'd love to connect and hear more about how I can be of support to you.

Reaching Out

Prior to our first meeting, I'd prefer to talk with you over the phone so that I can learn more about how I can be of help, share a bit about myself and my practice, and address any questions or concerns that you may have.  If my practice feels like a good fit, then we can schedule our first appointment.  Please feel free to call or email me to start the process.

 

Complimentary Consultations

 If you feel unsure about whether you want to begin therapy with me, I do offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation meeting either in-person or over the phone.  For some, this is a helpful way to discern if I am good fit for you and if I'm not, I'll be more than willing to refer you to various colleagues who could be a better fit.

 

Fees

My fee is $160 per 50-55 minute therapy session, and $240 per 80-85 minute therapy session.  The fee is the same regardless of who is in the therapy session (couple, family, etc.).

 

I know that the therapy process does include a financial investment, and at the same time, I wouldn’t want this process to add undue stress to your life.  Please let me know if the cost of therapy poses a hindrance for you to work with me.

 

Insurance

Since I am an out-of-network provider, I do not take any insurance.  I do accept payment through Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

 

There are some insurance providers and plans that do cover a portion of the cost for mental health services, including therapy.  I encourage you to check with your insurance provider to see if they will cover any portion of the cost of therapy with an out-of-network provider.  When you contact the provider, I suggest asking about the following:

 

·      Deductible for your policy (amount of bills you must pay before your insurance provides coverage)

·      Amount insurance will pay for each visit

·      Maximum visits allowed per calendar year

·      Maximum amount paid per calendar year for visits

 

·      Which diagnoses they cover (at least one client will need to be given a diagnosis in order to receive reimbursement for therapy services) 

 

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Around town...

Parents Advocating Together

Second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm | 16759 Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego, 92128

 

"Parents Advocating Together (PAT) is a parent group that offers support to parents of children with special needs (pre-school thru High School) in San Diego County. PAT provides information, educational and emotional support to parents as they navigate to better understand their children’s rights under IDEA 2004. PAT believes that by teaching and providing information to parents, we can empower them to gain life-long skills and knowledge so they can become equal partners in their child’s education."


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(MFC#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  92108

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com