Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What types of services do you offer?     
A. IVAT provides both direct clinical and forensic work.  Professional forensic services offered include: forensic evaluations, psychological testing, writing reports to the court, and expert witness testimony.  Direct clinical services include:  individual, family, couple, and re-unification therapy; supervised visitation; and parenting skills programs. All clinicians at IVAT are well-trained in a variety of trauma-focused and evidenced based treatment modalities. Treatment services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on income.

Q.    Who provides the services?     
A.    Treatment providers at IVAT include licensed psychologists and unlicensed clinicians who have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Clinical or Forensic Psychology and are working towards their doctorate degree or are a post-doctorate fellow. Bios are available upon request.

Q.    What is the cost of services?     
A.    All clinical services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income. IVAT’s sliding fee scale ranges from $30-$150 per session.  Evaluations conducted at IVAT cost $250-$350 per hour and typically take approximately 10-13 hours to complete, including scoring of questionnaires and report writing.  Forensic consulting work costs $250-$350 per hour.  Half-day testimony costs $1800 and full day costs $2800.

Q.    How do I begin services?     
A.     To begin any clinical or forensic service, contact the case manager at (858) 527-1860 x4560 to set up an intake appointment and to have forms sent to you.  At the intake appointment, regular sessions will be scheduled for services.  For supervised visitations, an intake appointment will need to be scheduled separately for both the mother and father of the child(ren).  To begin forensic consulting work with IVAT, an intake appointment is not necessary.  We require that you read and sign our informed consent agreement and send that back to us along with a deposit and records to review.


For further information, please call (858)527-1860 x 4560, or email