Dr. Philip Copitch

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Philip Copitch, PH.D,  Logo

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Marriage, Family and Child Therapist
Author and Educator
Ca. Lic.: MFT 19367

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions concerning psychotherapy with Dr. Copitch:

What is the cost?

Therapy costs $150/session* **, with payment at time of service. Most insurance covers 50-80 percent of treatment, depending on your insurance company. Due to the burden of working with HMO's and PPO's Dr. Copitch no longer participates in their programs. He will be happy to bill your HMO or PPO for you. Most will reimburse you at a "non-provider rate." Check with your HMO or PPO.

*Common sessions, as set by the American Medical Association^ are:
• 90832 Psychotherapy, 30 minutes with patient and/or family member
• 90834 Psychotherapy, 45 minutes with patient and/or family member **
• 90837 Psychotherapy, 60 minutes with patient and/or family member
• 90846 Family psychotherapy without the patient present
• 90847 Family psychotherapy, conjoint psychotherapy with the patient present
• 90849 Multiple-family group psychotherapy
• 90853 Group psychotherapy (other than of a multiple-family group

^Current Procedural Terminology®(CPT) copyright 2011-2014 American Medical Association.

Telehealth and in-person therapy are billed at the same per hour rate.

Do you take my insurance?

A few years ago this was an easy question. However, with all the changes in the insurance industry it is very difficult to keep track of the policies of all of the insurance companies.

Dr. Copitch presently bills most insurance companies and the California Victim Witness Assistance Program.

Dr. Copitch accepts Victim Witness Assistance Program, a state program which assists the victims of violent crime, as payment in full.

Dr. Copitch does not participate in Medi-Care or Medi-Cal programs.

I do not have insurance, do you take payments?

Numerous payment options are offered. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal, and most bank debit cards are accepted.

Is therapy confidential?

Your confidentiality is very important to Dr. Copitch, and in California your confidentiality is the law. However, confidentiality is limited by state law. There are four major exceptions to patient confidentiality. Therapists are mandated to report suspected physical and sexual abuse of a child or senior citizen, as well as endangerment to self or others. Also, confidential files can be opened by court order. Your confidentiality will be clearly explained at the beginning of your initial session.

What is telehealth therapy?

Telehealth is the use of a computer, iPad, or phone to conduct a therapy session. Dr. Copitch is happy to conduct therapy using the device that you are most comfortable with. We can speak on the phone or through video conferencing, as long as it is appropriate for your therapeutic needs.

Does Insurance pay for telehealth therapy?

Most insurance companies in California pay the same for in-person therapy as they do for telehealth therapy.

What are the pros and cons of telehealth therapy?

Telehealth therapy, like in-person therapy, is personal to each patient. Dr. Copitch encourages you to use the one that is most comfortable for you.

In general, here are some pros and cons to keep in mind.

Pros

•You get to do therapy from a location that is comfortable for you.
•You save time. No driving or parking hassles.
•Often 3-way-calls or 3-way-video conferencing is easier to schedule for busy people looking for co-parenting or marriage counseling sessions.
•Telehealth has been found to be effective in treating many types of mental and emotional issues.
•Please note that there is no guarantee that telehealth is effective for all individuals or situations.
•Like all therapeutic modalities, telehealth results cannot be guaranteed or assured.

Telehealth confidentiality is covered under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). See,  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/laws-regulations/index.html

Cons

•Confidentiality is an important part of therapy. It may take a little extra effort to make sure that your side of the phone call or video conference is private. Many patients find that headphones are very helpful.
•Therapy sessions can get interrupted by such things as a bad internet connection or people coming into your private space.
•Miscommunication can occur through telehealth.
•Telehealth is not for every patient. If in-person therapy is a better fit for you, Dr. Copitch will discuss other options with you. If you are ever uncomfortable with your telehealth experience please talk to Dr. Copitch about your concerns.

For additional information, see Dr. Copitch’s TELEHEALTH CONSENT FORM. (Part of your intake packet.)

My child's teacher tells me that my child is hyperactive. Should I put my child on meds?

This is a major problem that is too complicated to completely answer here. However, teachers are not qualified to diagnose mental health disorders. A child with behavior problems in the classroom should be evaluated by his family doctor and a family therapist.

Dr. Copitch works regularly with the family's physician when medication is needed. Most of the children that Dr. Copitch works with do not need medication or are able to have their medication decreased as new behavioral skills are learned.

My husband and I are having problems, but he refuses to go to therapy with me. Can I force him?

No. This is very common. Often one person in the family is open to therapy before the other. Usually the partner decides to come to therapy by the second or third session. (It is just as common for the reluctant spouse to be the wife as the husband.)

My teenager is out of control. My husband and I can't get him to agree to therapy. What should we do?

We cannot force a person, no matter what the age, to take care of themselves. That said, there is help. With Dr. Copitch's assistance, parents learn how to regain control over a wayward teen. Dr. Copitch usually sees mom and dad prior to seeing their child. During this initial consultation, a history is obtained and solid advice is explained concerning how parents can help their out of control teen. Often, by the second or third session, even the most stubborn teen is involved in family therapy.

My supervisor gave me your name and said that the EAP will pay for me to see you. What does this mean?

Many companies have EAP, Employee Assistance Programs, to help their employees deal with employment related problems. Many of these programs pay for 3-5 therapy sessions to assist their employees in dealing with personal, coworker, or stress problems. EAP sessions, like all therapy sessions, are confidential (see Is therapy confidential? above)

I know Dr. Copitch has written books on children and parenting. Does he work with individual adults?

Yes. Approximately half of Dr. Copitch's practice involves children and families. The other half is devoted to individual therapy. And, as Dr. Copitch often jokes, "the third half of my work is devoted to school consultations, business consultations, and corporate trainings."

Dr. Copitch has taught classes for licensed mental health professionals, teachers, and parents throughout the United States.

How do I get an appointment for myself or my family with Dr. Copitch?

Please call Dr. Copitch directly: (530) 244-7528
I would like Dr. Copitch to call me: Contact Form

How do I pronounce Dr. Copitch?

Cop-itch. Like a police office with poison oak.

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