Frequently Asked Questions
What should you ask a therapist before making an appointment?
I recommend asking:
- What is their experience?
- What type of therapy do they practice?
- What is their experience in working with people with your issues?
- What are their policies on appointments and payment?
- Do they take insurance, and, if so, what insurances?
If you see someone for a month and don’t feel like you are connecting with them or don’t feel like you are or can get help from them, change therapists. Remember, therapists are people too. You’re not going to become friends with everyone you meet and you won’t like all therapists. It’s better to leave and find someone who can help you.
Below are some answers to questions you may have about my practice:
How can I make an appointment?
You can either contact me using my online contact form, telephone me at 914-282-7123 if you’d like an appointment in my Westchester office, or at 212-472-3265 if you’d like to be seen in Manhattan. If you contact me by email, please include your phone number and whether or not you would like me to call or respond by email. Please also let me know the best time to contact you. I don’t pick up the telephone while I’m in a session, so, if you get my voicemail, know it’s confidential and I will be the only person who listens to it. Leave your information and I will call you back.
How long are appointments and how often will I come in for therapy?
Sessions are 45 minutes long. It’s better to come in weekly in the beginning of treatment. This will not only help to resolve your issues more quickly but it will also help to develop the therapeutic relationship more quickly. The therapeutic relationship is one that exists between the therapist and client and aids in the resolution of the problems.
What can I expect during the first appointment?
In the first appointment I will ask you to fill out forms about your contact information. Then I will ask you to tell me what is going on that made you decide to enter therapy. I may ask you some questions about your family and your history but may save that for a later session. I will ask if you have any questions of me, i.e., about me, my experiences, and about the therapeutic process. I may ask you to go home with an assignment to try something different or try to think of things in a different way. We will end the session having decided whether or not you wish to continue, and if you do, we will make another appointment.
Many people are nervous during their first session with a therapist, especially if it’s the first time they are entering therapy. This is perfectly normal and is to be expected. We will discuss as much or as little as makes you comfortable.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept cash, check, paypal and credit cards.
If you have insurance through an employer or a government program, a good first step is to figure out what kind of mental health coverage you have. Specifically, look for information about Outpatient Psychotherapy or Outpatient Counseling.
To get this information, look through your insurance paperwork, check out the insurance plan’s website, or call a service representative. I can provide an invoice so that you may get reimbursed from your out of network mental health benefits.
Please feel free to contact me if you feel that I can be of help or have questions.