DR. CHALEPAS POLICIES
Psychologists respect your confidentiality
For your protection, psychologists such as myself, and Los Angeles therapists are bound by law as well as by professional ethical standards to keep your disclosures and even your participation in therapy confidential. Personal ethics also call for discretion and respect in dealing with the private and privileged information you communicate. Information that you share with your therapist will not be disclosed to anyone else, including spouses or other family members that are not present for the therapy, unless you expressly sign a release of information form for this purpose.
Consultation with Other Los Angeles Therapists & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Psychologists
Los Angeles therapists do sometimes wish to discuss your case with other providers for the purpose of making treatment as effective as possible. Therapists may wish to coordinate with your psychiatrist, other medical doctor, or previous therapist, and may ask you to sign a release of information form for this purpose. Your therapist may also wish to discuss your case with other colleagues in order to provide more effective treatment. In this situation, a therapist will share the general information about the case with other mental health professionals without a formal release of information form but will take reasonable precautions to ensure that your identity is not exposed.
Mandated Exceptions to Confidentiality
There are rare exceptions in which the law does require psychologists to breach confidentiality and to share information from therapy with outside persons or agencies. This, too, is for the ultimate protection of clients or others that may be in harm’s way. Exceptions to confidentiality include:
1) When you tell your therapist or lead him/her to believe that you intend to harm yourself.
2) When you tell your therapist or lead him/her to believe that you intend to harm someone else.
3) When you tell your therapist of a situation in which a child, elderly person, or dependent adult may be being abused or neglected.
4) Rare cases in which your therapist receives a court order to release information contained in your record.
In these relatively unusual cases, therapists can, even without your consent, make an exception to confidentiality. They may be required to warn persons in danger, to release information to governing authorities (generally courts) that lawfully demand compliance, and/or to seek help from appropriate authorities (e.g., police, emergency psychiatric units, child protective services, and adult protective services).
Non Discrimination Policy
I do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, weight, sexual orientation, alternate relationship arrangements/BDSM, or religion.
Beverly Hills Therapist – Psychologist Laguna Beach – Marriage & Couples Therapy Los Angeles
If you are choosing a relationship/marriage therapist based on price, I am not the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) psychologist for you.
For your convenience, I may be able to provide some evening and weekend appointments on a limited basis.
I accept checks, cash, and credit cards for payment, which is due at the beginning each session. Please be aware that paying via Paypal, debit cards and all major credit cards carries an additional 3% required surcharge. Dr. Chalepas can provide complimentary detailed statements for FSA or health reimbursements upon request.
We all have busy lives, if you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment for any reason, please be sure to provide at least a 48-hours advance notice, that way you will avoid paying the full cost personally for that missed session.
In & Out-of-Network Insurance Plans Accepted
Please inquire for more information. This is based on your individual policy guidelines and should be done in consultation with your insurance provider.
Dr. Gilbert Chalepas is an “in-network” psychologist for BlueShield, Magellan, Cigna, MHN, MHNet, Cal-Optima and Kaiser via Magellan, Blue Cross Medi-Cal only not commercial polices and an “out-of network” Beverly Hills psychologist for all the rest. These occasionally change, so please inquire with me to make sure. I will give you monthly statements that you may choose to submit for your out-of-network coverage. When speaking with your insurance company about out-of-network insurance coverage, consider asking the following questions:
Do I have mental health benefits for outpatient psychotherapy services?
Do I also have out-of-network benefits, so I can freely choose my provider?
Are individual, group or family therapy (usually someone under 18) covered?
Is couples therapy covered specifically? (which is very different from family therapy and not covered most of the time.)
Is my diagnosis (a diagnosable and verifiable mental disorder is a requirement in order for the insurer to pay for any therapy, no exceptions) of ___________ (i.e panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, alcohol or substance dependence, etc.) covered by my policy? (if you’re troubled by this requirement, you can pay privately and bypass the risk of your diagnosis becoming part of a major health record database and/or possibly vulnerable to data breaches – Caveat Emptor, Latin for “let the buyer beware”.
Does my policy have a yearly cap?
Do I need an authorization or certification prior to receiving any of these services?
What is my deductible and how much been met so far for this year?
What is my yearly out-of-pocket maximum and how much has been met?
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover with a psychologist?
What is the usual and customary rate for therapy services by a psychologist (codes: 90791 & 90834) in my zip code?
What percentage of the usual and customary rate does my plan cover with an out-of-network psychologist?
Be sure to write down and keep this information for your records: the name and badge number of the agent you spoke with, the date, time and the conformation number for that call. Please be sure to also write down your questions as well as the agent’s exact responses, just in case you need them later to support your claim.
- BlueShield (Not Blue Cross)
- BlueCross (EAP & Medi-Cal Plans ONLY – Commercial Plans Still Out of Network)
- Magellan Behavioral Health
- HMC Healthworks
- Cal Optima via Magellan
- Humana (Only Out-of-Network)
- PacifiCare (Only Out-of-Network)
- Blue Cross Commercical Plans (Only Out-of-Network)
- Private Pay
*To qualify for individual psychotherapy or one of the groups, you must participate in a complimentary phone consultation* to ensure individual or group psychotherapy is a right fit for you. To get started, please click here or call +1 (310) 500 8442 now.
Items to Bring with you and to think about before your appointment:
Please bring copies of as many of the following documents as possible. Some may not apply, and that’s fine.
- What you want to work on in therapy, list of major events and time of those events.
- A copy of your insurance card front and back
- A copy of your driver’s license
- Psychological, Neurological, or other relevant Testing Reports.
- List of Current Medications or Prescriptions, and supplements (including dosages)
- Names/Contact Information of current and former therapists and psychiatrists/physicians who prescribed psychotropic medications
- Dates, Places, and Discharge Summaries of any psychiatric hospitalizations