Frequently Asked Questions

How does tele-therapy work?

I conduct my online sessions as if we were in an office environment. I use a secure platform that is HIPAA compliant to help protect your privacy. It is a very easy and reliable system. Within 24 hours of our scheduled appointment, you will receive a reminder about our session time. You will also receive a secure link directing you to the video-secure platform to begin our session during our appointment time.

All consents for services are also electronically signed and housed within my HIPAA compliant electronic health record.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

I am committed to decrease the barriers to access for mental health services. I do reserve a limited amount of slots for clients who need a sliding scale fee. Please discuss this with me during our initial phone consultation to explore further options.

How long does each therapy session take?

Each session is about 45-60 minutes depending on the service being provided. Individual psychotherapy sessions are 45-50 minutes in length.

Do you take insurance?

At this time I do not take insurance. I can however, provide you with a super bill if your insurance offers out of network benefits. Please contact your insurance plan to obtain more details regarding this coverage as well as reimbursement details for super bills provided.

Where do you offer in-home sessions?

I am able to see in-home clients within Los Angeles County and Orange County as well. All other clients within California and New York State are offered services via tele-therapy.

Do you have any pets?

I have a 10yo Yorkie named Demi that you may meet during our online sessions. ☺

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Patricia Alvarado, LPCC, LMHC


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