1. How do I know if therapy will be helpful for me?
I believe that therapy can help most people. If you are unhappy in any way—for example, sad, anxious, or lonely—then you can benefit from therapy. One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to have suffered a terrible trauma to seek out a therapist; this is not the case. While sometimes people come to therapy in a crisis, persistent sadness or confusion is a perfectly valid and common reason to see a therapist.
2. What typically happens in a therapy session? And will I be the only one talking?
We will both talk during your session. The image of the silent, foreboding therapist is a persistent but outdated one. The kind of therapy I practice is dialogue-based; my aim is not to tell you what to do, but rather to help you find your own voice. We work together to figure out exactly what is going on in your life and what you can do to make it better.
3. How much will it cost and do you take insurance?
My fee is $200 per session, although it is occasionally flexible based on session time, frequency of meetings, and personal circumstances. I am not a provider in any managed care networks. Therefore payment is due in full at the time of service. However, if your insurance offers “out of network mental health benefits” you will be eligible for reimbursement. Many plans offer about 50-80% reimbursement but you do need to check with your individual plan; I can provide you with a monthly invoice for you to submit. I accept all forms of payment: cash, check, and credit card.
4. How does couples therapy work?
I see both married and unmarried couples for relationship counseling. Both people come in for the initial session together and then I might ask to see you both individually once or twice before we reconvene for another couples counseling session. Relationship counseling tends to be a more condensed process than individual counseling, generally lasting a few weeks to a few months. Often couples are in a very emotional and vulnerable place by the time they consider couples counseling; I work with both parties to make it a very safe and comfortable atmosphere. For more information about my view of relationships, see my publications page for articles that I have contributed to.
5. How do I get started?
Feel free to give me a call at (917) 209.7803 or send me an email.
While we will have a brief conversation by phone or email, most of our exchange will take place in person. During our initial consultation, we’ll talk about what is going on in your life that has you looking for a therapist. You’ll also be able to get a sense of me and how I work, and we’ll determine whether or not it feels like a good fit. If, for whatever reason, we do not end up working together, I can refer you to other therapists if you would like.