OC Counseling
Helping on the path towards personal growth
Joshua Soto, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Supervised and Employed by Dr. Renee Miller, PsyD, MFC 43207 Inc.
18021 Sky Park Circle, Suite E2
Irvine, Ca 92614
(714) 422-0396
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What are the payment options?

Average Cost (per session):
$150

Sliding Scale/Reduced Fee:  Reduced fee services are provided on a limited basis for affordable therapy, which is provided based on the financial needs of what people can manage.

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​​​Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance:
I do not accept insurance. I can provide you a Superbill, a billing statement each month showing what you have paid with all of the appropriate insurance procedure codes for you to submit to your PPO insurance company. They will reimburse you full or partial reimbursement according to your insurance policy, so please check with your insurance company to find out how much they will reimburse you for each session. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay in full at the time of services and then submit your receipt to your insurance company. If you are unsure about your insurance coverage, please call your insurance carrier to see how much your policy will allow for reimbursement.

Cancellation Policy:
​If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment and have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged the full session fee.
Frequently Asked Questions



What are the payment options?

What should I expect at our first session?

How long does therapy usually last?​​

​​Does what we talk about in therapy stay private?

​​​​​​​​What do I tell my child about going to therapy for the first time?

​​How do I talk with my child about his or her therapy session?
What do I tell my child about going to therapy for the first time?
What you tell your child about seeing a therapist for the first time can differ depending on their age and maturity. Be honest about going to see a therapist and frame the idea of going to therapy as positive. Let your child or teen know that they are not in trouble and they are NOT going to see a therapist because there is something "wrong" with them that needs to be "fixed." Instead, help them know that sometimes we all need a assistance sometimes to deal challenges in life. If your child has previously expressed a challenge with something then, you may explain that they are going to see the therapist for help with that challenge.

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How do I talk with my child about his or her therapy session?

It's important not to pressure your child or teen to talk about their therapy sessions. Let them decide whether or not they want to talk about their session and what they want to tell you. It's important to remember that your child has confidentiality during their sessions in order to feel safe and express themselves. Anything related to their safety will be shared with parents.
What should I expect at our first session?

The first session will often be the parent and child together for a portion or all of the session. Often therapists will meet with your child alone for a portion of the assessment either on a separate visit or on the initial session. Be prepared to talk about what prompted you, your child/teen or family to seek therapy. Assessments are often completed in the first session, but usual for additional information to be needed to complete a thorough assessment. If treatment is recommended, initial goals for treatment will be discussed in order to establish a working understanding of the treatment focus.

​​Does what we talk about in therapy stay private?


​​​Confidentiality of your information is one of the most important elements in the relationship between a client and therapist, and its protected by the therapist-client privilege, which is covered by California state law. State law specifies that the individual in treatment holds privilege regarding the release of their information. Every therapist should provide their client with a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and they can expect that whatever is discussed in their session will not be shared with anyone, which is called “informed consent”.

​​State law permits confidentiality to be broken in rare situations such as to report a reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse, or an intention to harm one's self or another person and and few other rare situations.

​​Sometimes, you may want your therapist to share information, or give an update to someone like your Physician or Attorney, but by law your therapist cannot release any information without first getting your written permission. Additionally, private health insurance has access to information in order to process financial claims.

​​How long does therapy usually last?
Each therapy session usually lasts 50 minutes to an hour long.  How long you are in therapy often depends on your specific issue or situation. Some people start feeling better right away after just a few sessions, and for others it can take longer. The number of sessions depends on your goals and your motivation to engage in the process during session and out of the session.

The goal is to facilitate the process of meeting your goals for therapy. Some clients schedule appointments weekly and some, if there are really distressed, come in two times a week. Some clients come in every other week. So it really depends on how often you choose to attend. A sincere attempt is made by therapists for clients not to become dependent on the counseling relationship, and often will discuss therapy ending when goals are met.  Ultimately a client decides how long their therapy will last.