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CPT Code 90846 | Family psychotherapy Without The Patient (50 Minutes)

CPT 90846 may be billed if a provider counsels a patient’s family on psychological issues affecting the family and the patient. However, the patient is not present during the session. 

What Is CPT Code 90846?

CPT code 90846 is used to identify a psychotherapy service with the patient and/or family member.

90846 is used for billing for a service that involves therapeutic techniques to help patients improve their mental health and well-being.

This service may involve individual therapy, family therapy, or both. The service is provided by mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors.

The specific content of a psychotherapy service with the patient and/or family member will depend on the patient’s needs and the treatment goals.

This type of service may involve a range of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and other evidence-based approaches. It is usually provided regularly, with sessions lasting for 30 to 60 minutes.

The specific number of sessions that are required will depend on the needs of the patient and the goals of the treatment.


The CPT book describes CPT code 90846: “Family psychotherapy (without the patient present), 50 minutes.”


Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a type in which the provider uses several techniques to treat mental and emotional health problems.

A provider or qualified psychotherapist meets with a patient’s family without the patient present to counsel the family members and help them understand the patient’s problem and how they respond to the patient can negatively affect or benefit the patient.

The emphasis during family psychotherapy is on the patient’s care and the family’s involvement in the patient’s treatment.

The therapist may discuss family dynamics relating to the patient, including family interaction, communication, and conflict resolution.

The term, family, may apply to traditional family members, significant others involved in the patient’s care, or live–in companions.


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