Fees and Insurance

I am considered an “out of network” provider, as I am not contracted with any insurance company.  The fee is $250 per 50-minute session.  Sessions are generally 50 minutes in length, though extended sessions can be arranged when necessary.  Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by credit card, check, or cash.  An itemized statement for services rendered can be provided upon request.  If you plan to seek reimbursement through your insurance, please call your insurance carrier directly and ask about your out-of-network behavioral health benefits (including deductible, out of pocket maximum, and what insurance will cover once your deductible has been met).


To request an appointment, please email me at email@michellelopezphd.com or call 619-800-1566.  Please include your name, the best way to contact you, and whether I have your permission to leave a detailed voicemail.  I will contact you within two business days to discuss scheduling options.

Cancellation Policy

Your appointment time is saved specially for you.  If you need to reschedule your appointment, please notify me a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, you will be charged the full cost of the session. 

Good Faith Estimate Notice

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your mental health care will cost.  Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.  You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. 

You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.  For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises