The Balboa Building, Suite 218
Located at 735 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
There is free 75 minute parking in the nearby Paseo Nuevo Parking Garage, as well as free 75-90 minute street parking in nearby blocks.
I am considered an “Out-Of-Network” provider, which means I do not accept any insurance directly. I’ve made the decision to work directly with my clients regarding payment, and they are very satisfied with this arrangement.
If you would still like to use your insurance, then you can potentially do so if your insurance plan has “Out-Of-Network” benefits. The way that would work is, you would pay for therapy at the time of the session, and then I will provide you with a “superbill” that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
I would recommend calling your insurance company to confirm if your insurance policy has OON benefits for mental health services.
Otherwise you can choose to see me privately and not involve your insurance at all. See why many of my clients choose this option below.
Most of my clients actually prefer to work with me privately and not involve their insurance at all. This is because in order to use your insurance for counseling, a mental health diagnosis is required, and this gets attached to your record. If your challenges don’t meet the threshold of a diagnosis, then insurance companies can choose not to cover your therapy.
Insurance can put limitations on the number of counseling sessions you can have, prior to truly completing the process.
An insurance company has a right to call the therapist and ask how sessions are going
At any point they can say that therapy is no longer medically necessary and cancel the coverage
And by not taking insurance, I’m able to maintain a smaller caseload of clientele and devote all of my focus into helping people.
Instead of taking hours each week going back and forth with insurance, I devote that time and energy to my clients, resulting in better outcomes for therapy.
If you have more questions about this, or have questions about finding your OON benefits and would like to discuss, then I recommend reaching out to me on my contact page and I’d be happy to answer any questions.
You can request a free consultation directly through my website. Consultations take place over the phone and typically take 10-15 minutes. This gives us a chance to get to know each other, and for me to understand what your needs are, and how I can best be of service to you.
Typically, my clients prefer to schedule their first session at the end of the consultation call.
I require a minimum of 24 hours notice for a cancellation. If a cancellation is requested within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment, a cancellation fee equal to the cost of the appointment will be applied.
Intake paperwork is an essential part of starting therapy. Intake forms provide you with vital information about my practice’s policies and procedures; and further there are a couple of quick forms, which help me get to know you and your history a little better.
In total the forms take about 15 minutes, give or take, and all forms are online and confidential.
In our first session, we’ll build on our consultation conversation and further explore your goals for therapy and how we can start achieving them. We’ll also go over any residual questions or concerns about the practice policies.
I use and integrative therapy approach that centers on positive regard for my clients, trauma-informed care, and ecobased therapies. I encourage clients to increase their self-awareness and find new ways of coping and relating.
My favorite answer is, “It depends.” Each case is unique in its intensity and duration. Typically treatment of grief and trauma can take as little as 3 months, or as long as a year, or more. I attend to each client’s specific needs, and will encourage clients to decrease the frequency of their sessions as they feel relief.
I do not typically require any written homework from my clients. However, healing happens in and outside of the therapy session; so I will frequently encourage you to try out new coping skills or healthy habits at home. It is up to you take those suggestions and run with them. I find that my clients who engage in these extra-therapy activities experience relief faster than those who do not.
I typically start clients on a weekly therapy basis, but depending on the severity of your symptoms, I may suggest less or more frequent therapy. I understand that, for many of us, financial and time constraints dictate our schedules; thus I work with my clients to balance my therapeutic recommendations with what is actually sustainable for them.
Outside of therapy, I love staying active and spending time traveling or adventuring, especially with my partner, dog and friends. One of my favorite adventures was walking the Camino de Santiago in the summer of 2022– 40 days and over 500 miles of walking. It was a life changing experience!
Jacqueline Robinson, LMFT 113101
735 State Street, Suite 218 Santa Barbara, CA 93101