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What can I expect in treatment?
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 address new issues as they arise.

How long are people usually in therapy?
This depends entirely on the individual’s needs and preference. For some people, short-term therapy from two to six months is sufficient to address their needs, while others find long-term therapy to be ideal.

What are your private pay fees?
Individual Rates
45-minutes – $175
60-minutes – $230
75-minutes – $280

Couple/Partner(s) Rates
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, or payments made through PayPal (, 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’m late?
If you are late we will meet for the remaining time.

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 Heath directly. If he is unable to accommodate your financial circumstances, referrals to other therapists may be provided.


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)