Therapists accepting Blue Shield of California in California specializing in Addiction

Seeing a Therapist Who Accepts Blue Shield of California Insurance

Blue Shield of California therapists, psychologists, and counselors are available for in-person appointments and video therapy sessions. 

Therapy with an in-network Blue Shield of California counselor may cost you nothing or no more than your copay, which typically ranges from $0 to $50. Some Blue Shield of California plans may require you to pay coinsurance instead of a copay, which means you’ll cover a certain percentage of the therapist’s fees out-of-pocket. 

You may have to pay the therapist’s full rate if you haven’t met your annual deductible with Blue Shield of California, even if the therapist is an in-network provider.

Depending on your Blue Shield of California insurance plan, there may be restrictions on the types of therapy services covered (e.g. couples counseling, grief counseling, psychological testing). Additionally, some plans may require you to get a referral from your primary care physician.

To check the specific costs and coverage details associated with your Blue Shield of California health insurance plan, give them a call at (510) 607-2000 or visit the Blue Shield of California website to review your behavioral health benefits online. 

Therapy for Addiction

Addiction is regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard-to-control way that often has harmful consequences. Addiction often refers to substance use but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping. Working with a therapist who specializes in addiction can you overcome and control your addiction.

Finding Psychologists, Therapists, and Counselors in California

Finding a therapist in California may be easier in the city of Los Angeles. Online therapy may be your best option if you live in more rural areas or if a therapist with a particular specialty is not located near you

Out of pocket costs for therapy in California will be between $110 - $150+ per session. For couples counseling and family therapy, costs are around $120 - $175+ per session. First appointments with a therapist tend to be a little longer and may cost a little more. Also, it’s important to note that specialized services can cost more.

There are over 58,500 therapists in the State of California with licenses, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Psychologists (Ph.D. and Psy.D.).

If you think you might qualify for free or reduced-cost services from the state, take a look at the DMHC website and/or see if you qualify for Medi-Cal.

Licensed clinicians (and even interns) are held to strict practice guidelines to protect clients. If you’d like to learn more about identifying and reporting misconduct, learn more here.

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