How do I know if therapy is for me?
Therapy is for everyone- there is no problem too big or too small for therapy. Everything is fair game here. Some people come to therapy knowing exactly what they want to work on. Others might want the opportunity weekly for self-reflection and support as different challenges come up in their life. Therapy is tailored to you and your unique needs.
What can I expect from the first phone call?
The first phone call with will last about 10-15 minutes. The purpose of this call is to determine if my practice is the best fit for you. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about therapy, our practice, and payment/insurance.
While my website details a few of my counseling specialties, we also treat a very broad range of mental health diagnosis that are not listed here.
There are cases where I will refer you to another professional if I feel that another therapist would be a better fit for you.
What paperwork will I need to fill out?
Once we have scheduled your first session, I will send you a link to our secure client portal and all of the initial paperwork can be completed prior to the first session. All paperwork must be completed 24 hours before your first session.
What happens in the first session?
During our first few sessions, we will complete a detailed assessment with you where we will be asking you a lot of questions! The first few sessions are a deep dive into all aspects of your life story and present-day. This process allows us to learn about a multitude of factors that could be contributing to present-day problems. It is also an opportunity for us to learn more about what is important to you (and less important) as you begin therapy.
There may be some things that you would like us to know for the purpose of the assessment, but aren’t quite ready to talk about yet – that is completely okay. Think of this session as establishing a road map for the journey, where ultimately you are deciding where we go and determining the pace when you are ready.
After completing this initial assessment process, we will collaboratively create a treatment plan. The purpose of this plan is to make sure that I have correctly understood what matters to you and what you would like to work on in therapy. If there is a clear diagnosis at that time, we will also provide this on your treatment plan.
It is important that you evaluate your comfort in working with me therapist in the first few sessions. If you find that we are not a good fit, I am happy to refer you to another mental health professional. The therapeutic relationship is essential for good therapy to take place.
What happens to the information that I share with you in therapy?
Everything that you tell me in therapy is confidential. This means that you can say absolutely anything and it stays between you and I. There are a few exceptions to this: you are at risk of harming yourself; you threaten to harm others; a child or elderly person is being harmed; or you have asked us to collaborate with another person or professional and have signed a release of information for me to speak with them.
How frequently do we meet?
I typically meet with clients on a weekly or biweekly basis. Therapy provides the maximum benefit if our meeting times are consistent. As treatment progresses, we generally decrease session frequency. Our goal is often for you to eventually “graduate” from therapy to where consistent appointments are no longer a necessity. Although many of my clients go through this graduation process over time, I also do long-term work with some clients who feel that regularly meeting for therapy is something that they would like to maintain. Other clients only need a few sessions or “as needed” sessions. We can talk together about what frequency of therapy will best meet your needs.
Rate & Insurance
What is your rate?
Do you offer virtual sessions?
My rate is $150 per 50-minute session.
I provide either in-person or Teletherapy. Teletherapy is only available for New York State residents.
Can I use my insurance to cover my counseling sessions?
My practice is an Out-of-Network Provider with insurance companies. This means that payment is due at the time of session, and then I provide a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company on your own for reimbursement after session. Many clients whom I work with have their sessions reimbursed fully by their insurance company.
How can I find out if my insurance covers out-of-network services?
It is important to contact your insurance company ahead of time to determine what amount they are willing to reimburse. This can vary across insurance providers. You are responsible for determining this with your insurance company prior to our first meeting.
In order to assist you with determining what your insurance will cover, have a look at this Insurance Cheat Sheet. This provides step-by-step instructions of how to determine your Out of Network insurance benefits and receive timely reimbursement for your sessions with me.
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