Gateway to Wellbeing

The Psychotherapy Home Page

We are glad you are here. We want to help you navigate the confusing world of seeking help from a therapist. Kelsey Schraufnagel, PsyD
We want to introduce you to the therapists at the Gateway Clinic and make sure that you know enough about who we are and the kind of problems we help people with that you can make an informed decision about coming in for a consultation.

Kelsey Schraufnagel, PsyD

Kelsey Schraufnagel, PsyD is a licensed psychologist (PSY27998). Dr. Schraufnagel earned her PsyD in clinical psychology at the California School for Professional Psychology in San Diego. She completed an APA accredited internship, with an emphasis on crisis assessment and intervention, at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Wardenburg Health Center in the department of Psychological Health and Psychiatry.

Gina Gregory, LCSW

Gina Gregory, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker (#73689) who specializes in trauma-related concerns, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders. She uses evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. She earned a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in community mental health from the University of California, Berkeley.

If you think you might be interested in working with us, please complete a short form (click on the “I want to get started” button located at the bottom of this page) and we will be in touch with you very soon.
Our philosophy of care is rooted in four distinct tenets:

1-Optimism and dedication

Stephen Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.” We believe that the realistic goal of treatment isn’t just improvement, it is a return to wellness. We find that this is true even when people come to see us after years of effective yet incomplete treatment with other providers. Reaching that goal will probably take time and hard work – both yours and ours – but we are confident that the rewards are worth it.

2-Competence and Professionalism

Our clinicians are trained by the best programs in the nation. To stay up-to-date in the field, we devote tens of thousands of dollars to continuing education and subscribe to all of the leading journals. We also continuously assess and modify our treatment program, and we have regular and on-going consultations with international experts in the field, including Terry Ketter, MD, Matthew MacKay, PhD, and James McCullough, PhD.

3-An integrated and holistic approach

Although some of us are considered “experts” in psychopharmacology and some as “experts” in psychotherapy, we all believe that an integrative approach to treatment works best. Instead of believing that the things we know best are the only things that help, we strive to understand and embrace alternative forms of treatment. We value the collaboration of other health and wellness professionals including nutritionists, physicians, trainers, yoga instructors, and acupuncturists. We maintain a constantly expanding list of local experts and resources.

4-Collaboration with the patient and with other providers

For this kind of comprehensive treatment approach to be effective, it is essential that the care is truly collaborative. That is how we approach our work with patients, and also what we strive for in our work with other providers. We devote a lot of time and energy to ensure that the entire treatment team works together to share perspectives and progress assessments.

We want to begin our work by getting to know you and…
Unfortunately, we can’t accept insurance assignment in place of payment from our patients. In other words, you’ll need to pay us at the time of your visit and then seek reimbursement from your insurance company. However, we are willing to help you get your costs covered.

Some insurance companies will cover much of the cost, some will cover less. If you want to receive coverage by your insurance company, you may have to be assertive.

We ask that you pay with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), and that you sign a form that authorizes us to bill on the date of each session. For the first session, we ask that you pay in advance before we schedule the session.

Please review the information in the documents posted below
under the heading Forms and Policies and let us know if you have any questions. We require signed copies of the Summary of Information for Patients and the Credit Card Authorization forms in order to schedule your first visit. Once you have printed and completed the required forms, please fax them to us at (415) 551-0524.
These forms need to be printed out, carefully reviewed, signed, and faxed back to us at (415) 551-0524.

Summary of Information for Patients

Credit Card Authorization

Privacy Policy Statement and Acknowledgement of Receipt of Privacy Policy

If someone other than you is paying for your care, please have that person complete and fax the following two forms to us at (415) 551-0524.

Third Party Payer Form

Third Party Credit Card Form 

If you don’t have access to a printer you can let us know that you would like us to send you a secure document that can be signed online.
We have spent a lot of time on this page reviewing administrative issues. This is not because we focus on the business side of our work; it is really so that once we begin treatment, we can focus on what is most important, providing the people we see with the best, most compassionate, most well informed, care we can.

Peter Forster, MD

Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Gateway Psychiatric Services
San Francisco, Mountain View, Pleasanton

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