Get Started

The first step in connecting with a counselor is completing an intake form. This assists us in matching you with a counselor based on your expressed needs and preferences. There are several ways to complete the intake form.

  • Call us at 510-548-5858 to schedule a time to complete the intake by telephone or request the form be mailed.

Once your intake has been received, our Clinical Director will match you with a counselor. Your assigned counselor will reach out to introduce themselves and schedule the first appointment.

Fees and Policy

Pre-licensed Counseling

Per Session Fee

MFT Trainees
$65/$90 ext. session
MFT/MSW Associates
$85/$115 ext. session

Licensed Counseling

Per Session Fee

Mark Farley, LMFT (LMFT#129574 )
$120 individual/$165 couple’s ext. session
Anna Loscutoff, LCSW (LCSW#65081)
$120 individual/$165 ext. session
Claire Kim, LMFT (MFC#98461)
$130 individual/$175 couple’s ext. session
Elisabeth Callahan, LCSW (LCSW #86314)
$140 individual
Jacqueline Ong, LCSW (LCSW#86543)
$140 individual/$185 couple’s ext. session
Scott Leiker, LPCC (LPCC#1213)
$150 individual/$200 couple's ext. session
Sarah Kasuga-Jenks, PhD (PSY#25914)
$170 individual/$255 couple's ext. session

Group Counseling (flat fee for set number of sessions, rates vary)

TBD

Payment

Before your first session, you and your therapist will confirm the amount of your session fee. Payment is due at the beginning of each session.

Cancellations

Your appointment time is reserved for you. In order to cancel without charge, 24-hour notice is required. Appointments canceled with less than 24-hours notice for reasons other than emergency or illness will be charged the full fee.

Scholarships

Our goal is to serve the community with affordable Christian counseling services. While we do not discount fees, we offer scholarships based on client need and availability of scholarship funds. Our scholarship policy is as follows:

  1. Clients requesting scholarship funds must demonstrate financial need.
  2. Scholarships often lower the session fee but will not completely cover the cost.
  3. When scholarship award is pending, clients are required to pay the full session fees.

Good Faith Estimate Notice

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers are required 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 healthcare 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 or call (800) 985-3059.


FAQ

How often will I meet with my counselor?

Generally, clients are seen once a week for a 50-minute session. Some of our counselors prefer to see couples for an extended 80-minute session. Occasionally, a client’s needs may require more than one session a week, and for others, every other week is the best fit.

What precautions does BCC take to reduce the spread of Covid-19 during in-person sessions?

The health and safety of our clients and clinicians are of utmost importance.

Staff precautions: All of our staff are fully vaccinated for Covid-19. If your clinician has a close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and needs to isolate, they may offer you a telehealth appointment using our HIPAA compliant platform. Staff complete health screenings before providing in-person services and will not offer in-person services while knowingly contagious for any communicable illness. Staff will also remain masked during in-person sessions. And BCC makes rapid tests available to staff upon request.

Client precautions: Clients are required to complete Covid-19 screening and acknowledgement forms before attending in-person services. A are required to wear a mask in our building and during the session. If you are feeling unwell or a isolating after exposure to a communicable illness you may request that your session be held remotely through our secure video platform.

Building Precautions: BCC offers N95 face masks, hand sanitizer and well ventilated therapy spaces. Each room is equipped with air filters that will run during the session. Beverages are not currently offered within our facility.

Can I choose my own counselor?

During the intake process, you are welcome to indicate your choice of counselor. We try to honor your preference if the counseling need fits the counselor’s expertise and they have matching availability. Our goal is to connect you with a counselor that is a comfortable and clinical fit where good work can be accomplished together.

Do I have to be a Christian to be seen at Berkeley Christian Counselors?

Not at all. We see clients of all faiths and those that profess no faith. While Berkeley Christian Counselors is a faith-based non-profit and all of our counselors are Christians from various traditions and denominations, you do not need to be a Christian to be seen here. We are committed to meeting you where you are in your journey, and faith will be a part of the process to the extent that you indicate. Should you wish to talk about it, our counselors are prepared to integrate faith into the counseling process.

What type of training does the clinical staff have?

All of our clinical staff have professional training from accredited graduate level programs in their respective fields. Clinical staff includes trainees who are completing their master's degree requirements; associates who have earned their master's degree and are working toward licensure; and licensed clinicians who are regulated by the state of California.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check and credit card payments via PayPal.

Do you accept insurance?

We do not take insurance and would be considered an out-of-network provider. Upon request, we can provide you a monthly statement, or superbill, to submit to your insurance company for any reimbursement that your policy may provide. It is recommended that you contact your insurance carrier ahead of time to confirm policy coverage for mental health services. Payment to Berkeley Christian Counselors remains due at the time of service.

How can I support the ministry of Berkeley Christian Counselors?

Your generous gift helps provide assistance for individuals and families in need of counseling who, otherwise, could not afford it.

If you would like to make a donation, click below:

If your organization would like to partner with Berkeley Christian Counselors, please contact us at:

510-548-5858 or info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org

Testimonials

"It is inexpressible how helpful it is to hear concern from another and to be understood in the midst of pain and struggle."

"I saw progress in the ways I dealt with my emotions and recognizing where they were coming from. My counselor was easy to talk to."

"Our counselors were very helpful and easy to get along with. I felt having both of them was extremely helpful. We explored our roots and have been able to see how our past reflects our future; it gave us a starting point to work on ourselves."

"I simply needed help and guidance in redirecting my life. My counselor helped me do that."

"I have always been a bit hesitant of counseling in the past simply due to the lack of it in the Asian community. However, in the past few years I have observed the power of counseling in others and now have personally witnessed its healing qualities for myself."

"From the outset, I felt heard and understood."