Q: What is psychotherapy and how might it benefit me?
A: Psychotherapy is talk therapy, whereby the client and psychotherapist work together to solve life difficulties. A psychotherapist has specific training in diagnosing and treating mental health problems. Meetings are usually held once per week at the outset and decrease in frequency as the problem-solving progresses. The therapist and client hold a termination session when the therapy process is completed, although the client may return as needed for additional help.
Q: Who is qualified to perform psychotherapy?
A: There are several kinds of licenses under which psychotherapy may be practiced - a psychology license (requiring a doctoral degree); a clinical social worker license (LCSW - requiring a master's degree); a marriage and family therapist license (MFT - also requiring a master's degree); a licensed professional clinical counselor license (LPCC - also requiring a master's degree); and a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or psychiatric physician assistant license (held by an MD, NP or PA with special training in prescribing psychiatric drugs who may have limited training in psychotherapy). While some individuals may advertise their services using titles such as "life-coach", "school psychologist", or "counselor", they generally do not possess training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.
Q: Does Anxiety Experts prescribe medication?
A: No. At Anxiety Experts we are strictly involved in performing psychotherapy. However, we are happy to collaborate with physicians if the need for psychotropic medication arises.
Q: How will I pay for Anxiety Experts' services?
A: Dr. Kulberg's fee is $225.00 per 55-minute session (in person or by live video). Other staff therapist fees are $170 per 55-minute session. We also have three registered dieticians on our team who have a fee of $130.00 per 45-minute session. Anxiety Experts is also in-network with Medical (CenCal and Holman Insurance), Dr. Kulberg is in-network with Cigna and Lyra, and we are often able to obtain single case agreements with many other insurance companies, particularly for the treatment of OCD. Although we do our best to work with different insurance providers, both in network and out of network, all non-MediCal clients should assume they will pay full cost for treatment up front; insurance reimbursement will occur after upfront payment. On the second of each month, clients receive a Superbill from the client portal, which may be submitted to the client's insurance carrier for reimbursement. Around 80% of our private practice clients find they receive some insurance reimbursement for services using this method.