Frequently Asked Questions
+ How long does treatment last?
The psychologists at PAG specialize in cutting-edge treatments designed to provide noticeable symptom reduction and enhanced quality of life. Many clients notice improvement within several sessions.
In general, the length of treatment depends on a number of factors, including the type of problem, how long the problem has been an issue, the treatment goals, level of motivation, and the amount of effort an individual is willing and able to put into out-of-session work. There is considerable evidence that clients who complete treatment exercises outside of the session benefit from treatment more quickly.
Clinicians at PAG work collaboratively with clients to set clear treatment goals and to evaluate their progress throughout the course of treatment. PAG providers ask their clients to complete brief questionnaires at routine intervals in order to assess and track problem areas. Therefore, clients and their therapists always have a clear sense as to how well the treatment is working. With this regular feedback, clients and their therapists can tailor the treatment specifically to the client’s needs. This greater efficiency leads to an overall shorter-term model of intervention.
+ How long is a therapy session?
Typical therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes in length. In some cases, individuals may benefit from more intensive treatment or may wish to attend sessions more frequently during the week. Psychologists at PAG will design an individualized treatment plan that works for you.
+ How much does therapy cost?
PAG treatment fees are comparable to those of other highly skilled psychologists in the San Francisco Bay Area. For clients looking for lower cost treatment options, we have psychological assistants and practicum students available to work with you. These trainees receive supervision from some of our top psychologists. Contact us for more information on our fees.
+ Do you take insurance?
The Pacific Anxiety Group does not contract with insurance companies other than the Stanford Health Care Alliance. If you have PPO insurance, many of our services may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement as part of your "out of network" benefits. To help facilitate out-of-network claims, PAG will provide you with a statement (sometimes called a "superbill") which includes all of the necessary information to submit to an insurance company. To learn more about your out-of-network coverage for psychotherapy, we recommend you contact your insurance company and inquire about:
what coverage is available for out-of-network providers,
whether there are limits on the number of visits per calendar year, and,
how much will be reimbursed per session (typical 45-minute sessions are billed with the procedure code 90834)
For patients participating in our intensive outpatient treatment program for OCD, PAG is willing to negotiate a single-case agreement with the insurance company on a case-by-case basis.
+ Who seeks treatment at the Pacific Anxiety Group?
We work with individuals across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, college students, adults, and older adults. We see people from a wide variety of backgrounds and for many different reasons. Given our location in the heart of Silicon Valley and near Stanford University, we see many people from the tech industry and members of the Stanford community. We also work with students from the Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Atherton school systems.
+ When are appointments available?
We understand that our clients have busy lives and require convenient appointment times. We offer appointments on weekdays between 8 AM - 7 PM and on weekends when available.
+ Where is the Pacific Anxiety Group located?
Our office is conveniently located in Menlo Park, California. The office is a short distance from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Atherton, and many of the communities of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. Our office is approximately 5-10 minutes from highways 101 (Willow or Marsh exits) or 280 (Alpine, Sandhill, or Woodside exits) and within walking distance of the Menlo Park Caltrain station.
+ Can my psychologist prescribe medications if I need them?
Psychologists at PAG work closely with psychiatrists or other prescribing physicians to ensure the best quality of care for our clients. If you do not have a psychiatrist and are interested in medication options, PAG is happy to provide a list of local psychiatrists in the area who specialize in the pharmacological treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
+ How do I initiate therapy and begin working with a PAG psychologist?
Please contact us for more information about our services or to book an initial consultation appointment. You may contact us in one of the following ways:
- Submit an electronic inquiry by completing this form
- Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation
- Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (650) 762-8352
+ What if I need to cancel an appointment?
We ask clients to provide 48 hours notice to avoid being charged for the session.
+ Where can I find additional information on anxiety and depression?
Please see our helpful list of resources for more information.