FAQ About Therapy
I provide psychotherapy that is eclectic in nature. This means that I am not tied to one theoretical model when working with someone. I pull from multiple different therapeutic orientations depending on your needs. This helps us to make sure that treatment is best suited to you.
Therapy is a collaborative effort where we work together to identify areas in your life in which you struggle, develop insight into why you are challenged in these areas, uncover what might have contributed to these conflicts, and generate strategies so that they have less control over you. We will not only look at the relationships you have with others, but the one that you have with yourself. Very often our sense of self has been constructed by messages we received from both people and experiences from our past. We will aim to develop a more present and reality based sense of yourself that isn’t influenced by inaccurate past messages that can negatively impact your confidence and belief in your abilities.
We will work on both increasing your insight and self-awareness, as well as ways to help you manage emotions and feelings that can be overwhelming, like depression or anxiety. Therapy isn’t one size fits all. We will work together to determine what is most helpful for you in the therapeutic process, and I want to be responsive to your needs. I encourage those in therapy to speak their minds, freely share what is affecting them, and to ask questions. I am actively engaged in the therapeutic process, meaning that I don’t just sit back and listen or nod. Part of therapy is creating a strong relationship with your therapist so you feel safe and comfortable to be open and direct with whatever it is that you are experiencing.
You can read more about my qualifications and advanced training on the bottom of my “About” page.
My office is located in Chelsea, New York, at 245 W. 29th St., Ste 304, closely accessible to the A,C,E,1,2,3,B,D,F,N,Q,R,W subway lines, Penn Station and PATH trains.
I welcome people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, sizes and shapes. I support your use of the restroom that you feel best fits your identity. Regretfully, our building’s restrooms are delineated in a binary fashion.
I am in network with Cigna. If you're not in network with Cigna, that doesn't mean we can't work together. I frequently work with individuals who either use their out of network insurance benefits for therapy, as most insurance plans offer out of network benefits to their subscribers. This means that your insurance company will reimburse you for a percentage of expenses you incur paying for out of network services (reimbursement rates are often 50-70%). Working with you as an out-of-network provider, I provide you with a monthly receipt called a “Superbill” that you will submit to your insurance company so that you can be reimbursed for a percentage of the payments you make to me. I happy to talk through this with you in more detail and, in specific instances, I can contact your insurer directly to assist with the process.
My fee is $200/session for those paying out of pocket or using out of network benefits. I do have a sliding scale, so ask me more about it if you feel this is cost prohibitive, and we can try to figure something out.
For Cigna patients, the fee is either your copay or the contractually obligated rate for a session if you have a deductible that you have not yet met. I suggest you check with your insurance provider regarding your deductible and your financial obligations using your insurance so there aren’t any surprises. I can also help with this too, of course.
I offer a free 15-20 minute phone consultation. Sessions are anywhere from 45-55 minutes in length depending on insurance or the fee you are paying for a session.
Most people come in for weekly sessions, the same day and time each week. For certain patients, coming in more than once a week can be beneficial, but this is something that we would discuss and come to an agreement upon together if it turns out this is something both of us feel would benefit you. It is essential to meet at least once a week, as this is crucial in generating a sustainable therapeutic process. Meeting weekly allows us to deepen our work together, build trust, and establish a sense of safety, while providing consistency to your therapeutic progress which allows for a more productive outcome.
I work with dynamic and otherwise capable people who find themselves struggling trying to navigate the myriad ways life can challenge us and make it hard to cope. I work with people who are motivated to develop a deeper understanding of themselves so that they can be more actively engaged in their lives. Therapy can provide individuals an opportunity to manage a very specific problem, or it can be an ongoing tool to consistently increase self awareness, the establishment of goals, to remain productive, and to feel more confident in yourself, your relationships and your choices.
If you need to cancel a session, I will do my best to offer you an alternative time to meet. If we can't find an alternative time to meet, we will see each other during our next scheduled appointment time. If you do not show up for a scheduled session or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be billed for the full cost of the session. (This, of course, excludes emergencies.)
Yes, what happens in therapy is privileged and confidential. If I need to do something like coordinate with a doctor, I will have you sign a consent allowing me to do so. There are circumstances where I may need to share information without your consent: If you are a danger to yourself or others, or if there is evidence of abuse or neglect toward a child or dependent adult. Otherwise, what you discuss in therapy is held with the deepest of confidences.
Email me or give me a call if you are interested in pursuing therapy and we can set up a time for you to have a free phone consultation. This will provide me the opportunity to learn why you are seeking therapy and to ensure that I would be a good fit for you.
The consultation also allows you to ask me as many questions as you would like. I encourage you to think about any questions you might have about therapy or how I work prior to our phone consultation. In having your questions asked and answered, my hope is that you feel comfortable with me and that all of your initial concerns have been addressed by the time we end the call.
If we both agree that working together would be a good fit for you, I will schedule a time for you to come into my office and meet with me in person for a first session. Prior to our first session, I will send you paperwork to fill out, through a secure and confidential system, so that I can obtain important information about you before your session that doesn't need to take up your therapy appointment time.
During the first session, I tend to ask more questions than in subsequent sessions. This furthers the process initiated on the phone of helping me to get an accurate picture of what you would like to work on in therapy. I encourage you to ask as many questions of me as you would like throughout this process. I want you to leave feeling you have a solid understanding of how I work, my initial impressions of what your treatment will look like, and that you feel as comfortable as possible going into the next session.