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© 2013-2019 by Jesse Whittle-Utter

 www.eastbaytherapy.org

1919 Addison St. Ste. 301 Berkeley, CA 94704

jes.rwu@gmail.com  |  Phone: 510-740-8024 | Fax: 651-855-5287

 

 

jes.rwu@gmail.com
Phone: 510-740-8024

Fax: 651-855-5287

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1919 Addison St. Ste. 301

Berkeley, CA 94704

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"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."  
   
~Pema 
Chodron
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Contact 

​Please carefully review my fees and insurance limitations below prior to scheduling an appointment. Of course, feel free to call me with any questions.

 

Click here to review my office policies or submit an intake form.

Accessibility: The office is wheelchair-accessible, located on the third floor of a building with an elevator.

 

  • Initial Consultation: If you would like to speak by phone prior to our first meeting, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation upon request.

  • Standard fee for 50-minute session:  $160, with a $5 check discount and $15 cash discount.

  • I offer fee reductions to current clients experiencing financial hardship, and as such do not offer sliding scale fees to new clients. 

 

Payment is due at the time of service. Therapy will only be effective, especially in the beginning, if you can commit to weekly appointments. I do not offer meetings on a less frequent basis. 

 

Methods of Payment: I accept cash, check, and major credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). 

 

Insurance: 

 

I do not currently accept insurance payments directly, except for certain EAP plans*. However, if you have a Flexible Health Spending Plan, Health Savings Account, or PPO plan, I can provide an itemized bill that you may submit for reimbursement. Instructions for how to ask your insurance company about this are below.** 

 

I am a member of the following Employee Assistance Program (EAP) panels, which may pay for therapy through your employer:

 

  • ACI Specialty Benefits

  • Business Health Services EAP

  • ESI Employee Assitance Group

  • CuraLinc

  • Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.

 

You must ask your employer about this benefit.

 

** If you are unsure of what kind of mental health coverage your insurance plan offers, and would like to find out whether it will reimburse you for therapy sessions with me, do the following:

 

1. Ask if you need a referral from your doctor to work with an MFT. If you do, make sure to obtain this referral.

 

2. Ask your insurance company if it requires the therapist to be part of a preferred provider network, or if there are otherwise any limitations on which therapy services you can be reimbursed for.

 

3. Ask about the amounts of your deductible and co-pay, and if there is a limit to how many sessions are covered.

 

I choose not to contract with most commercial insurance companies directly because doing so is often, for a variety of reasons, not in your best interest as a therapy client. For one, not using your insurance affords you the highest degree of confidentiality possible. Read more about why I do not accept insurance.

 

If you are looking for a therapist with a different fee structure, or who is able to accept direct reimbursement from your insurance, I am happy to provide you with referrals to trusted colleagues.

For a free consultation, call

510-740-8024.

Fees

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I value honest feedback from current, former, and prospective clients. Feedback helps me improve my services and better serve the community. If you have comments, please submit them above, and also please indicate whether you would be comfortable with me sharing your feedback* with others. (Please note that email is not an entirely secure or confidential form of communication. If you have confidentiality concerns, please call instead.)

 

*All feedback will be shared anonymously

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"Every positive change--every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness--involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception."
 
~Dan Millman
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