FAQ – General Psychotherapy
The decision to enter therapy is a very personal one. For some, there are long-standing issues, or struggles with anxiety or depression, for example. For others, difficulties with life transitions, such as job loss, young adult transitions, the arrival of a new baby or a separation or divorce. Others may seek additional support in order to pursue personal exploration or growth. Therapy can provide support, insight, and new perspectives for many of life’s challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is hoping to get the most out of his/her life, to increase self-awareness, and to work toward making positive changes in one’s life.
I’m feeling confused and overwhelmed by a new job. Is this an issue that be addressed through psychotherapy?
Yes. Examining your role in work related struggles is a very important way of improving performance and satisfaction in the workplace. Therapy can be useful in exploring new ways to manage stress and negotiate the social aspects of professional interactions that may be challenging for some.
I feel sad, hopeless and have little desire to do the things I used to enjoy. I am also having trouble sleeping. Am I depressed?
Possibly. We will evaluate your symptoms and begin to create a treatment plan to work toward helping you to feel better. Exploring the reasons for your depressed feelings, while simultaneously examining different coping skills and strategies, will help you move in a more positive direction.
Yes, depending on the nature of your concerns, there are many helpful resources you might begin to explore.
“As when building a bridge, we work both sides of the broad river that rushes in between. For instance, our interpretation relates a past experience to a present one, to some neurotic tendency of the patient that started long ago and is still in evidence. Understanding the roots of his tendency will help the patient conceptualize it in the present and deal with it. Back and forth we go, heightening the patient’s appreciation of his experience and behavior at both times. When the two sides of the bridge become solidly constructed, it becomes easier for the patient to make the connection.”
The Heart of Psychotherapy (1984). Weinberg, G., St. Martins Press, N.Y.
FAQ – My Approach
Every therapy session is unique, and tailored to each individual client and his/her specific goals. Individual sessions are 45 minutes and groups run 60 minutes. The frequency can vary from one time per week or more, depending on need.
After initial sessions that allow for an exploration or the presenting problem and history, you, the client set the agenda. I will ask clarifying questions, suggest strategies, and help you think about yourself differently. The goal is to begin to understand your past experiences and to use insights from treatment in making constructive changes in your life. Therapy can be short-term, focused on a specific issue or longer-term, to address more complex issues or ongoing personal growth and support.
Upon completion of a thorough evaluation, we will make a decision together if medication will be helpful. I will be happy to refer you to a psychiatrist who can evaluate further.
I treat clients within a variety of different modalities. For some, individual therapy will be most beneficial. For others, however, couples treatment is indicated to work on issues within the relationship, either around infertility, parenting, or other relationship stressors. In other cases, working with either the mother or father and baby can be useful in helping families struggling with postpartum mood disorders. Lastly, I treat other clients in groups to allow for the benefit of shared experience.
FAQ – My Practice
By finding my website, you have taken the first step in locating the help and support that you need to feel better. Please contact me either by email or phone to set up your initial consultation.
Payment is collected by check or cash at the end of each month. You will be provided with a monthly billing statement to submit to your insurance company if you choose to do so.
I work with many different insurance carriers as an out-of-network provider. You may be eligible for reimbursement depending on your out-of-network carrier benefits. I will provide you with a monthly billing statement to submit to your insurance company.
Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 48hours advance notice of cancellation.
Once we schedule an In-person or Telephone/Online Therapy session, I have a 48-hour cancellation policy. I ask that you pay the full session fee if you are unable to give at least 48-hours notice, as I am holding the appointment time for you. Without advance notice of 48-hours, it is difficult to fill the appointment time. Thank you for understanding.
I have offices on both the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in White Plains, NY. I have office hours at both locations. Please visit the contact page for maps and directions.