Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Starting in 2002, I made a deliberate choice to stop working with insurance plans. I am not a member of any insurance panels and do not accept insurance payments. This has allowed me to provide my best care without interference from third parties. Many insurance companies provide out-of-network benefits, which allow you to be reimbursed directly for services rendered by me. If you have insurance, please contact your insurance company directly to see if these benefits are part of your plan.
What is your fee structure?
Please contact my office to discuss fee structure. I offer fee-for-service and monthly membership models. Payment, due at the time of service, can be rendered by cash, check, or use of Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Payments can also be made via PayPal for added convenience.
How do I make an appointment?
Please contact my office through this website, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone at 818-835-7707. All messages (email or phone) are received and read directly (and only) by Dr. Wetter.
Why should I consider appointments using video (telemedicine)? Isn't in-person better?
Ideally, it is best to meet in person for the initial consultation so we can get to know one another and establish a working relationship. Beyond our initial meeting, research has shown that appointments conducted over video are equally effective as in-person appointments.
"To date studies are showing that video-based are as effective as face-to-face services (Barak et al., 2008; Folen at al., 2010). Studies have also shown no differences between telephone-delivered psychotherapy and face-to-face delivery in the perception of the therapeutic relationship, post-session mood, or general satisfaction with services (Morgan, Patrick, & Magaletta, 2008)."
For many, video-based therapy using tablet, computer, or smartphone devices is preferable as it allows for more convenience in scheduling, avoiding commute time, and actually increases the likelihood of follow through with adolescent clients. For those adult clients who travel frequently, video-based session allows for an uninterrupted continuum of care.