Brandon Cassels, MA, PhDc, LMFT
Licensed Psychotherapist CA#124516, CO#MFT.0002355, FL#TPMF926, HI#MFT-770, OR#T2217, UT#13305486-3902
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your office?
My office is located at: 2277 Townsgate Road, Suite 100 Westlake Village, CA 91361
What do you charge?
For individuals, my fee is $200 for a 50-minute session. Sometimes, clients find that a longer session works better for them, and I am open to discussing a longer session at a higher fee. For couples, my fee is $250 for a 50-minute session. However, I strongly recommend 90-minute sessions to be sure that each person has time to be heard. My fee for a 90-minute couples session is $300. I do offer reduced fees on a sliding scale and on a limited basis for individuals and couples who cannot afford my full rate. I accept checks, cash, and credit cards and I ask for payment at the beginning of each session.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, I accept Aetna, Cigna, Optum, and United Healthcare. In regard to other insurance panels, I am considered an out-of-network provider. Depending on your particular insurance plan and company, you may be able to be reimbursed for some of the costs of your treatment. I can provide you with a Superbill at the end of each month, which will show how many times you’ve seen me, what you’ve paid, and a medical diagnosis (insurance companies require a diagnosis). I encourage you to check with your insurance company to be clear on what benefits they offer for out-of-network providers.
What is your cancellation policy?
I ask that you give me 24-hours notice if you cannot come to your scheduled session. If you miss a session without 24-hours notice, I will charge you the full fee for the missed session.
How long will I be in therapy?
The truth is, it all depends on you. If you come with a specific problem, we can identify a solution. Once you implement that solution, then you’ve reached your therapy goal, and you’re done. However, what often occurs in therapy is that you come to realize that the issue that brought you to therapy is complex and multi-layered. Relatively soon, you get past the surface layer and you start to delve into what’s below the surface, and then the work continues from there. Sometimes new issues can emerge along the way. What I can definitively tell you is that I will do all I can to help you reach the resolution you seek when you come to therapy. If I feel I am not the right person to do that, I will let you know. I will not try to keep you in therapy when you’re ready to stop. Also, I will welcome you back should you ever want to return.