Many people seek out Dr. Schechinger because of his expertise and advocacy or because of his attuned, active approach to psychotherapy. Many prefer to work with a therapist who is knowledgeable and affirming of their marginalized identities or lifestyle and who embodies a deep sense of cultural humility. Dr. Schechinger welcomes people of every ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race/ethnicity, and religious/spiritual affiliation, and strives to integrate culture and intersecting identities into the therapeutic process.
What can I expect in treatment?
Dr. Schechinger's approach to therapy can be described as dynamic, emotion-focused, and somatically-informed. He is active in the process and pulls from multiple modalities to help you understand, heal, and transform your sexual and emotional patterns in order to have enriched relationships and more personal power.
In the first session we typically discuss relevant historical information and your goals for treatment. Once in treatment, we will explore your experiences from a non-judgmental lens to clarify your underlying patterns and authentic desires, experimenting with interventions and tools to bring change and address new issues as they arise.
What are your private pay fees?
45-minutes – $175
60-minutes – $230
75-minutes – $280
45-minute – $210
60-minute – $280
75-minute – $350
Do you accept insurance?
Dr. Schechinger does not accept insurance at this time, but can provide documentation that you may submit for partial or full out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company to secure details regarding your out-of-network benefits prior to your first session. Please note that Dr. Schechinger is not fiscally accountable should your insurance company be unable to reimburse your therapy costs.
What is your payment policy?
Dr. Schechinger accepts check, cash, credit card, or payments made through PayPal (email@example.com), paid in advance or at the beginning of the session. In the event that full payment is not made during the session, a grace period will be allowed without a late fee for payments received by 5:00 pm the next business day. After which, there will be a $25 charge for late payments made within the same week, and a $30 charge for late payments the following week.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice requires payment in full. Remote telephone or videoconferencing appointments may be available if you are unable to make it to the office (e.g., you are sick or traveling). These methods can also be planned in advance for individuals with frequent travel or chronic health issues.
What if I am unable to afford your rate?
A sliding scale is available on a limited, case-by-case basis. If the stated fees serve as a concern or you, please contact Dr. Schechinger directly. If he is unable to accommodate your financial circumstances, referrals to other therapists may be provided.
Personal/intrapersonal growth and development
Identity exploration (gender, sexuality, relationships)
Life/career & relationship transitions (pre-marital, opening up, separation, infidelity, divorce)
Interpersonal issues (romantic parter(s), friends, family)
Coming out/visibility management concerns
Anxiety, stress, panic
Grief and Loss
Individuals, couples, multiple partners
Poly, kink, trans*, gender non-conforming
Creative & artistic communities
Individuals engaged in non-traditional work
Individuals who want to open their relationship
Individuals engaged in or impacted by infidelity
First generation college students
Undergraduate and Graduate students
Advanced Clinical Training
LGBTQ Doctoral Internship & Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of California, Berkeley
Counseling and Psychological Services
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas
M.Ed. in Higher Education from Iowa State University
Dr. Schechinger is licensed in the state of California (PSY 29495)