Sliding Scale

Sliding Scale – Women’s Therapy Institute

Mental health is vital for everyone. It is just as—if not more—important than a person’s physical health, as it impacts every aspect of the human experience. At the Women’s Therapy Institute, we want to make therapy accessible. That is why we are excited to launch the sliding scale therapy service.

Siding Scale Therapy

We don’t receive special funding or grants from outside sources.   The session fees from our clients enable us to provide this service. We allocate a portion of our earnings to fund our sliding scale therapy service. Truly, we are grateful to our clients for their ongoing support.

We want to help our community flourish and see its members live fully, wholeheartedly, and with joy. Also, we are aware of the significant budget cutbacks on mental health services. California recently saw a 21.1 percent reduction in mental health funding.   This has the potential to be devastating for people seeking services, so we must do something to bridge the gap.

Our sliding scale therapy services will be offered to qualified individuals and families at $45-$75 per 50-min individual therapy session depending on their income level. The sessions are provided by pre-licensed mental health professionals (interns) who have completed their Master’s Degree and are supervised by highly trained clinicians. Please note that fees of therapy sessions offered by pre-licensed mental health professionals (interns) are not reimbursable by private insurance or managed care organizations. Session fees do not count towards to insurance deductible by private insurance as well.

Why don’t we make this free like our Give-An-Hour (GAH) free therapy service? Sliding scale is provided by our intern, and we want to pay our intern a decent hourly wage for the work. GAH is provided by the founder, Mabel Yiu, MFT.

Clients will meet with a therapist who can help them:

  • Identify Goals
  • Map Out Action Plan
  • Develop Healthy Coping Strategies
  • Build Self-Esteem & Efficacy
  • Build A Brighter Future

To qualify, clients must fit ONE of the following:

  • Annual individual or household income less than $45,000
  • Recipient of MediCal, Medicare, or CalFresh
  • Recipient of the Free School Lunch Program
  • Those without insurance
  • Those who are in between jobs
  • Referred by another non-profit organization
  • Those who have exhausted California Victim of Crime benefits

Type of therapy provided:

  • 50-minutes Individual Counseling
  • In-Person Sessions Only

Women’s Therapy Institute reserves the right to request for a previous year tax return, current paycheck stub, proof of unemployment benefits, CalVOC benefits, social security benefits, or other proof of income.

At this time, we do not offer court appearances, legal testimonials, report/letter writing, proof of disability/workers compensation, and case management to sliding scale service clients. At this time, we do not offer court-mandated therapy to sliding-scale service clients.

Due to high demand and limited resources, we cannot offer everyone sliding scale service.

Clients who are interested in receiving our services and meet one of the above qualifications, please call us at (650) 272 – 0388. We will provide a free 20-minute phone consultation to determine if we are the right fit for your needs, or you are fit for the sliding scale service. We look forward to helping you on this journey through life and developing the skills you need to be the best version of you.

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