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Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

Rates & Insurance

Regular Hours
Monday 8:15 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday 8:15 AM - 6:15 PM


Current Avaiability

Unfortunately, I don't currently have any openings in my practice.  If you'd like to be on my waiting list, please send me an email describing specifically what problem(s) you're trying to solve.  The safest way to do this is through an encrypted email service.  Sign up for a free email at hushmail.com and email me through that service.  I pay for this service to protect your confidentiality.  There is no cost to you.  My email is drkarenjohnson@hushmail.com.

I work in Oakland Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and I may have future openings in this office.  I cannot bring any more patients into  San Francisco office on Fridays.

Please note:  my practice is primarily psychotherapy with medication only if necessary.  While many psychiatrists sepcialize in treatment with medications only, I do not accept new patients for medication management alone.

Regarding medication, I specialize in helping people experiencing depression and/or anxiety.  I do not specialize in treating people needing help with ADD, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, problems with drugs, alcohol or psychosis.


$260 for an initial consultation (45-50 minutes)
$220 for regular sessions (45-50 minutes)
$140 for brief medication check-ins (20-25 minutes)*
    * Again, my practice is primarily psychotherapy, although I do help my therapy patients with medication if it is appropriate.


Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Currently, I have accepted as a preferred provider by Aetna, Blue Shield, Cigna, HealthNet, Magellan/HAICMHN and United Behavioral Health/Optum.  Other insurance companies may also have me listed as one of their preferred providers even though I am not.   For example, I am not a Blue Cross preferred provider, although some people find me through their website.  You need to check directly with your insurance company to determine whether I am or not an actual Preferred Provider.  Your plan may have specific exceptions or require pre-authorizations. 

I recommend that you check this in advance.  In addition, using a free hushmail account, please email your name, date of birth, subscriber ID and the name of your insurance.  I will check your coverage through the physician only portal and confirm whether you are covered or not and, if you are, what your co-pay is.  Please pay your co-pay at each appointment. 

Nevertheless, please also check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental and behavioral health benefits?
  • Is Dr. Johnson a preferred provider?
  • If not, how much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session and what is my co-pay?
  • Do I need pre-authorization?


If you have insurance, I will send an electronic claim to your carrier.   Even if I'm a preferred provider with your carrier, we may not know what your actual fee is until they respond to the claim.

If you have a co-payment or they apply your fee to your deductible, please plan to cover visit(s) with a personal check or cash.  If you want to pay with a credit card, please complete the charge the same day as our appointment(s) through the PayPal link on the Make a Payment page of my website. If you want to pay with a Health Savings Account/Medical Savings Account debit card, I can complete this through Square, an in-office electronic service.

If your insurance does not cover your appointment(s) or you do not have insurance, you can pay in any of the ways noted above.

Cancellation Policy-Important, Please Read

If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not given at least 24 hours in advance, you are responsible to pay the full cost of the missed session.

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