Dr. Antonio Primavera: Psychologist in Mexico City
Psychotherapy in English
Insanity: A perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.
There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.
!!!COVID-19 UPDATE: NO IN-PERSON SESSIONS AT THIS TIME. ONLY SKYPE SESSIONS!!!
I am an English and Spanish speaking American psychologist and a graduate of Harvard University. (Haz clic en el botón en la parte superior derecha para la traducción.) My psychotherapeutic training includes Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Cybernetic/ Systems, Narrative Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Transpersonal/Integral Psychology.
My approach to psychotherapy is not "one-size-fits-all." I realize that every individual is unique and different, so my way of working depends on the person and their needs and concerns at the moment and throughout life. In this way, therapy is tailored to accommodate the specific needs of the person with whom I am working. The ultimate goal is that you no longer need me and you can move on.
I am also a researcher and community volunteer, and so spend a lot of time practicing pro bono at a low-cost community mental health clinic in Barrio Tepito of Mexico City. I believe that psychotherapy should be accessible to all. So, after covering the basic cost of providing psychotherapy to you, any additional payment goes a long way to helping me to provide therapy to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
Sessions are, at minimum, once per week, and last 50 minutes (unless arranged otherwise). Sessions always start and end on time, therefore it is important for you to arrive on time. If you arrive late to any session for any reason, you are forfeiting that amount of time from the scheduled session. Even if you arrive 40 minutes late to a 50-minute session, you will be charged the full fee for that abbreviated session. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Notice of 24 hours is required to cancel or change a scheduled appointment. Otherwise, the usual fee must be paid.
$2000 MXN Pesos (or the equivalent in US Dollars; $1 USD = $20 MXN) per 50 min. session (unless agreed upon otherwise). If paying via PayPal/Zelle, please pay in US Dollars.
If my fee is higher than your ability to pay, please contact me anyway and we will arrange a fee that will work for you. I can, at least, provide alternatives. The most important thing is that you get the help you need and deserve. So, don't be shy; contact me!
Billing and payments:
You will be expected to pay for each session 24 hours before it is held. Payments may be made in cash.
PayPal or bank transfers (Zelle to my e-mail) are to be made 24 hours in advance for phone/Skype sessions in order to confirm the session.
Like many psychotherapists, I do not accept insurance. However, many insurance companies will cover all or a portion of the fee.
If you would like to use your insurance, please contact your insurance company and ask what coverage you have to see an "out-of-network provider." Make sure that you tell them that I have a PhD, as insurance companies usually reimburse at a higher rate for therapists with a PhD. Your insurance company will tell you what your coverage is.
If you request it, I can give you an invoice once a month that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I decided not to work directly with insurance companies for several reasons:
For all of these reasons, I have decided, as a psychotherapist, not to accept health insurance directly.
I am often not immediately available by telephone. Messages may be left for me at my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I routinely check my voice and e-mail for messages 24 hours a day, as my phone is silenced during sessions. If you are difficult to reach, please let me know some times when you will be available. If you click 'contact me' rather than sending an e-mail, please remember to check your spam folder for my response e-mail.
I have been doing sessions with patients via telephone or Skype for a number of years now, and the results have been very good.
I realize that many people cannot commit to the normal business hours in which therapy is typically conducted. That is why I offer this option. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail.
Fees are pre-paid (24 hours in advance) through either PayPal, Dwolla, or bank transfer in US Dollars. If you need to pay in Mexican Pesos, let me know, and I can provide bank account info. All telephone/Skype communications are via a VPN (Virtual Private Network), so that your privacy is secured.
NO "FREE CONSULTATIONS." Therapy begins as soon as we begin talking. That's how this works.
By reading the above and making an appointment, you are contracting my services and are agreeing to abide by the above terms. If you disagree with any of the above terms, please let me know before making an appointment.
Av Nuevo León 217A, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
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