FAQs

Have you been feeling consistently bad for a while?

Are you depressed or anxious? Are you unhappy in your relationship or job? Are you having a hard time with relationships in general? Have you experienced some kind of grief or trauma? Are you angry all the time? Are you self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, food or sex?

People often need help in developing skills in the following areas; trust, initiative and impulse control, better communication skills, getting one’s needs met, facing reality and connecting more deeply to one’s real feelings and true self.

What should I expect from therapy?

Therapy helps people develop skills in self-awareness, self-understanding and an overall value of the self. Therapy is a process, it is not a quick fix. It takes time to develop a trusting relationship with the therapist so that you feel safe to reveal yourself. Clients who are actively involved in therapy change faster than those who take a move passive approach. Ultimately it is a tool for transformation. It is about re-finding your authentic self. The parts of yourself that you learned to deny in order to survive in your family.

How long does therapy take?

The length of time a person chooses to stay in therapy depends on the individual. It depends upon what your individual goals are and what you are hoping to get out of therapy. Treatment is more effective when the client attends weekly sessions. Sometimes a person comes in to work on one specific goal and an awareness develops, about the need to work on other goals as well. My ultimate goal is to empower you to function better on your own.

Do you do sessions by phone or by Skype?

I prefer to do sessions in person. However, there are times when a phone or Skype session is valid and necessary. If you don’t live close to NYC we could arrange working together by Skype. The fee is the same as a regular session.

Do you accept insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies that offer out-of-network mental health benefits. I can help you submit the paperwork to get reimbursed from your insurance company. You may be able to collect up to 80% reimbursement depending upon your insurance carrier.

Here are some questions to ask your insurance company:

  • Do I have out-of-network behavioral health or mental health coverage?
  • What is my deductible? Has any of it been met yet?
  • How many sessions do I get per calendar year?
  • What is the covered amount per therapy session with a licensed clinical social worker?
  • Do I need a pre-approval?

 

What forms of payment are accepted?

I accept cash, check and credit cards. Credit cards are paid through PayPal.

It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to pay this way. My fee may be paid at the beginning of each session.

How can I set up an appointment?

The best way to set up an appointment directly is by telephone.  Please leave me the best times to reach you directly. Or you can email me and we can decide upon a good time to speak.

What are your office hours?

Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursday, day and evening appointments are available in my Manhattan office. Tuesdays and Fridays I am in my Park Slope, Brooklyn office.

What are the rules of confidentiality?

The relationship between the therapist and client is confidential. Information can only be provided to others through written consent of the client. In the exception of a client being in danger to herself or others, the law states that confidentiality may be broken to insure the safety of all involved.

What is your cancellation policy?

My cancellation policy is 48 hours notice. I will try to reschedule you within the same week if possible. There is a cancellation fee if we are unable to reschedule and the cancellation is not an emergency.