Frequently Asked Questions
When am I available?
Weekdays 8 am to 7 pm.
Weekend Hours are Unavailable at this time.
How often should we meet?
Usually once a week for a 45- 50 minute individual session and a 60 minute couple session. Every two weeks can be arranged, but the flow of counseling is much smoother on a weekly basis.
What are my fees?
The fee is $150 per individual session and $200 per couple/marital session. Payment is due on the day of the visit. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy otherwise, a full fee is applied. Forms of payment accepted: Cash, Check and PayPal. I do not accept Credit Cards.
I am an Out-Of-Network Provider for most of the Insurance Companies. I will provide you with an Invoice or help you to fill out a medical form so you can get paid by your health insurance plan.
Also, please consider the following:
Confidentiality: Managed care plans often require detailed information about you and the problem you need help with.That information is not protected.
Control of Treatment: Your insurance company—not you or I—will decide if treatment is “medically necessary” and how much of it you may receive.;
Psychiatric Diagnosis: Insurance requires a psychiatric diagnosis that becomes part of your record. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor, my services qualify for patient reimbursement under most plans. My fees are generally considered within the “usual and customary” range (UCR), but please check with the company in advance. If you wish to submit for reimbursement, I will provide you with an invoice for services provided.
Why do people enter therapy? Some people come into therapy fully aware of a problem and simply need help in sorting through the issues. Others have a vague notion of something wrong and ask for help in clarifying the problem. When you enter into therapy, you set out on a journey that has the potential to change your entire outlook on life.
What about Confidentiality concerns?
Clients often ask questions about how their rights as consumers of mental health services will be protected by the therapist and by applicable State and Federal laws. There is legal privilege in the State of New York protecting the confidentiality of the private information you share with me. As a licensed and certified professional, I strive to maintain the strictest ethical standards of confidentiality. Your privacy is important and is guarded with all legal limits. If you have questions about the limits of confidentiality, I will be glad to respond either by phone or in person
What is Individual Counseling?
Individual counseling provides an opportunity to learn to make better decisions, improve one’s relationships, and generally increase personal effectiveness. With the help of a counselor, a person can explore feelings and express them better, examine beliefs, and work toward making healthy changes.
What is Marriage/Couples Counseling?
Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Marriage counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way. You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy. Marriage counseling can also help couples who simply want to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other. Marriage counseling can also help couples who plan to get married. This pre-marriage counseling can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before a union is sealed.
What is Family Counseling?
Through family therapy, families or individuals within a family learn better ways to interact with each other and resolve conflicts. If your family is feeling torn apart, family therapy may help you heal. Family therapy may include all family members or just those most able to participate. The specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation.
How Do People Benefit From Therapy?
Counseling helps people heal and acquire healthier coping skills to achieve self-growth You learn to implement appropriate emotional, verbal, physical, spiritual, and sexual boundaries. You are able to enhance non-verbal and verbal communication skills. You can address self-defeating beliefs, which minimizes the likelihood of anxiety and depression. You can improve relationships, personal and professional. With identifying healthy ways of life, you build on improving your well-being. Counseling empowers you to increased self-esteem, self-confidence and builds on your self-assertiveness skills.