We currently serve patients exclusively via telehealth.

Life is full of unanswered questions.

Luckily, these questions do have answers.

Check out our frequently asked questions to see if Seattle Psych Studio is right for you.

How do I get started?
It's as simple as emailing Dr. Clara Doctolero directly at clara@seattlepsychstudio.com. That initial connection is often the most difficult part, but after you reach out, you'll see how easy it is to get started. Send Dr. Doctolero an email and she'll call you back for a quick consultation. If your goals and her services align, she'll schedule your first session.

Please keep in mind that Seattle Psych Studio has transitioned to telehealth.
What is telehealth?
Telehealth allows Dr. Doctolero to conduct sessions virtually. This means you or your child can speak with the doctor from the comfort of your own home. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle Psych Studio will continue serving patients in a telehealth capacity indefinitely. We will notify patients if/when in-person sessions resume.
Do you take insurance?
Seattle Psych Studio does not accept insurance. It's essential that your doctor dictate your treatment plan, not your insurance company. Dr. Doctolero will carefully evaluate you and your condition and proceed with the treatment that's best suited for you. You will also find that our fees are fair and competitive.

We encourage you to submit our invoice to your insurance provider as you may be eligible for reimbursement. We will provide specific diagnosis codes after we begin treatment. We also recommend calling your insurance provider and asking about your out-of-network benefits.
What is your payment policy?
Seattle Psych Studio requests payment information upfront, and we will charge the same day of each session.

Cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) are all acceptable forms of payment.

We also accept Health Saving Accounts.
What is your cancelation policy?
No fee will be incurred if you cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance of your session start time.

Current patients can call, text or email to cancel a session.
What is DBT?
DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It's a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. The goal of DBT is to create positive behavioral changes. The idea is to teach patients skills that help them cope with unhealthy behaviors and eventually learn to change them. DBT is often used to treat suicidal and self-destructive behaviors.
What's the difference between Stage 1 DBT and Stage 2 DBT?
In Stage 1 DBT, the patient learns skills to get problem behaviors under control. These behaviors include life-threatening behaviors.

Stage 2 DBT focuses on developing and maintaining skills for every day life. Dr. Clara Doctolero focuses on Stage 2 DBT and helps you put the skills to work.
How do I stay motivated?
It's common to cycle back into old habits and behaviors; progress is not always linear. But it's essential to continuously apply the skills gained in Stage 1 treatment. Stage 2 will only be possible if destructive behaviors are under control.

It's during Stage 2 that experiences can be processed, and utilizing those foundational skills will be critical as we work through those events.

Keep yourself motivated by visualizing a life where you deeply understand your past and are closer to, and more accepting of, your true self.
How do I keep my teen motivated?
Your teenager may not yet know why they're suffering. Their experiences may not yet be uncovered. But if they apply the skills-based treatment approach of Dr. Doctolero, they'll be able to live a life of peace and happiness.

The best way to keep your teenager motivated as they progress through treatment is to have deep investment in their care.

1. Ask them how they feel about their treatment and how they're progressing.
2. Listen when they share what they've learned.
3. Give them space and privacy during sessions.
4. Help them practice the skills they've acquired.
5. Join them on their journey when opportunities arise.
Who does Seattle Psych Studio treat?
Dr. Clara Doctolero treats patients ages 16 and above.
What is a Good Faith Estimate?
Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges.

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.

Under the law, healthcare providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or 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

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