how do i choose a therapist?

It is important that you feel understood by your therapist. Typically, it takes a few sessions to determine whether it's a good fit between us. (If we decide in the first half hour of your first session that we are not a good fit, you will not be responsible for payment.) If you have any questions or reservations prior to the first meeting, we can set up a phone session.

how long does therapy take?
Issues such as depression, anxiety, or relationship problems require deep understanding of the reasons behind your feelings and actions. This process can take from several months to several years. However, other issues, such as adjusting to a new job, can be addressed using short-term therapy modalities.

how frequent are the sessions?
Typically, sessions last 50 minutes, once a week. In times of crisis, clients often benefit from coming two or more times a week. Couples can choose to meet for a 75-minute session and often find the extended time to be beneficial.

how do i make an appointment?
You may phone (510-496-3473) or email me to request an appointment.

I am not on any insurance panels
The following questions may help you ascertain what is covered by your insurance plan

• Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
• What portion of my fee is reimbursed for out-of-network providers?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• Does my job offer a flex spending program that will cover my therapy?


Fees are comparable to those for other similarly qualified therapists in the area. Insurance coverage varies by company and plan, so be sure to check with your insurance company for detailed information about the coverage available to you. I provide a monthly receipt for submission to your PPO.

Payment may also be made by cash, check, or credit card. Please don't hesitate to call, even if you think you can't afford the fees. Sliding-scale appointments based on financial need are available, and I'll be happy to discuss your particular situation. If I'm unable to accommodate your financial needs, I can provide you with referrals to low-fee clinics in the area.

more questions? contact me

Sandra Amador Mora, MFT, offers psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. Her Berkeley office is easily accessible from Emeryville, Albany, Oakland and San Francisco.