What are your credentials?
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have a Masters in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, passed the NY state licensure exam for mental health counseling, and trained for several years under the supervision of senior therapists. I also completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the William Allanson White Institute, for additional training. I continue to attend seminars and consult with senior specialists so that I may keep my knowledge and skill base up to date with the latest research and developments.
Do you accept my insurance?
I do not accept any insurance. If you have out-of-network mental health benefits (you can ask your provider) I can provide the documentation you need to receive those. In out-of-network benefits, your health insurance provider pays you back a percentage for each session, after you reach a deductible.
Do you have a sliding scale fee?
I reserve a few reduced-fee spots in my schedule, between 11am and 4pm, for clients who can absolutely not afford my full fee.
How often would we meet?
Once a week. Some people choose to come twice a week. I find therapy less then once a week to be less effective, so in that way meeting less often can actually waste money rather than save it. We would set a time that would be your session time for every week.
How long is a therapy session?
Sessions are 45 minutes. Sometimes I can offer an hour session or double session for people who prefer more time. The consultation (first) session is usually an hour but I charge the 45-minute rate.
How much do you charge for a therapy session?
Brooklyn office: $150 per 45-minute session.
Manhattan office: $180 per 45-minute session.
How long would I need to see you for?
This answer varies greatly per person, however I wouldn’t recommend anyone start unless they are open to committing at least three months to it. You should start seeing or feeling the benefits of therapy within the first several sessions but ultimately there is no end to the benefits of therapy so it is your decision of when you feel you are ready or wanting to stop. To give you an indication, I’ve had some clients stop after six weeks feeling they got what they needed, I had more clients stop after six months feeling they had enough to go on their own, and I’ve had a few people for six years because it was really helpful to them and they wanted to keep going.
Do you do couples therapy?
I work primarily with individuals. I often work with relationship issues, but with individuals seeking relationship help. On occasion a client will bring a significant other into session with them and we will do a session together.
Can you see my child?
I am not a children’s or family therapist. I treat adults and young adults (approximately high school and up).
What happens in a consultation session?
The consultation session is the first session we meet. I will ask you what you are seeking from therapy and ask you questions to get to know you. I’ll tell you briefly, ways I think I can be of help to you in your situation. We may discuss schedule and policies. You will have a chance to ask questions. The consultation session gives you a glimpse of what it would be like to work with me so you can decide if it’s something you want to do. It also helps me determine if I am the right fit or not for your needs. If I am not the right fit, I will let you know and try to help you find someone who is. Sometimes there is more material than can fit into one session and the consultation may extend into a second session.
What happens in a standard session?
You’ll start off the session by sharing something that’s on your mind or asking a question. I’ll then ask questions on what you shared, guiding us into a deeper exploration of you and what you’re experiencing. My goal is for you to get clarity for your immediate situation, but also to learn new things about yourself that will prove helpful to all areas of your life. Though you’re supplying the content, I’m there to direct it into a productive conversation. Moments of silence should not be feared- they are normal and even helpful to therapy.
What modality of therapy do you practice?
I use techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, and existential therapy. However the modality I use most is psychodynamic therapy. This means I’m looking for your subconscious beliefs and feelings, and how they contribute to your current circumstances. I’m also looking for how your experiences over your lifetime are affecting you today. The belief is that through increased self-awareness you become free of the limitations that keep you from feeling and functioning the way you want.
Are you married/ divorced/ a parent/ from my culture- or share whatever characteristic with me I think is relevant?
It’s natural to wonder this about your therapist and you should be able to talk with your therapist about what makes it important to you. But in reality it’s not helpful to you for a therapist to view what you tell them through their own life experience. To help you, a therapist needs to learn your own values and treat you according to those. So this information is not as relevant as it feels, and knowing personal information about your therapist can actually harm the therapy because it can influence what you share with them.
Will you talk in session, or just listen to me?
I talk. I will ask a lot of questions, I will make observations, I will share insights, I will ask if the direction I am going is helping you.
Do you do online, phone or Skype therapy?
Not being in the same room together compromises the quality of therapy. It is for this reason that I am an in-person therapist. However if a client I have an in-person relationship with runs into circumstances that prevent them from meeting in-person on a temporary basis, I will meet with them over the phone or through Skype. However I consider these sessions coaching or consultation. Only in-person work do I consider “therapy”.
Will I have to lie on a couch?
No. You’ll sit on it the same way you do in your living room 🙂
When is payment due?
Payment for each session is due in full at the session. You submit payment directly to me.
Do you take cash/ credit card/ check?
As of now I take check and cash.So that I can start and end sessions on-time, I ask that you please write your check out before coming into session, or bring exact change, thank you.