Phone Consultations

Phone consultations with Dr. Bourne can be arranged by calling 415-686-7516. Leave a message at this number and your call will usually be returned within a few days. He will contact you to set up an appointment time. Then he will call you at the appointed time.

Phone sessions are available for one hour ($90) or one-half hour ($50). The initial evaluation session may run 75 minutes and cost $100. The cost of sessions is kept reasonable because HMOs and insurance companies usually do not cover the cost of telephone consultations, and Dr. Bourne is dedicated to making therapy available to as many people as possible. You will be asked to pay by credit card or check for your first session. When your payment is received, additional sessions may be scheduled and billed at the time of service.

Please note that all telephone sessions, as well as messages left on Dr. Bourne's voicemail, are kept strictly confidential.

During the initial phone consultation, Dr. Bourne will review the history and current status of your problems with anxiety and related problems such as depression or relationship issues. He will then make treatment recommendations utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, complementary approaches such as diet, lifestyle, and exercise, as well as recommendations for prescription medications, where appropriate. (Note that Dr. Bourne is not a medical doctor, and any medication recommendations need to be discussed with and approved by your physician or psychiatrist.)

Following the initial phone consultation, you can continue either with weekly or biweekly telephone consults with Dr. Bourne. Therapeutic interventions are based on strategies and exercises presented in The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, 7th Edition.