Are you accepting new clients, and what is your availability?
How long is a typical session and how often do we meet?
Together we will determine how often we schedule appointments and for what duration of time. Typically, an individual session is 60 minutes in length. Most clients are seen once a week at the beginning, to maximize treatment results, which may taper as time goes on. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are. As I am not affiliated with any insurance providers, I am able to provide flexibility with the duration and number of sessions in ways that managed care would not allow.
I also provide specialized sessions in Mindfulness/Guided Meditation and Life Coaching which are separate from traditional therapy. Mindfulness is a way to become more attune to the present and provide internal regulation and stress relief. Life Coaching is more in line with personal accountability, goal visualization, setting and achieving.
How long will I be in therapy?
The length of time a client is in therapy is based on what the client’s needs dictate. Some client’s approach therapy with a very specific problem or goal to achieve and are able to work through it in a short number of sessions. Others, however, may enter therapy with the mindset of self-discovery and enrichment, and engage in the process for a longer period of time.
Those that engage in Mindfulness or Life Coaching may only wish to have one session, or the occasional session.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
I am not affiliated with any insurance carriers.
There are many reasons why I have decided not to accept any insurance plans, and most stem from the type and quality of therapeutic service I want to provide my clients. In this way, I am at the service of those I am working with and not those I am “working for”.
What should I expect at my first visit?
Our first session gives us the opportunity to assess your past history, current issues/stressors and your goals for treatment. There will also be some forms to complete as well as some diagnostic measures to fill out. You will be able to ask any questions you may have regarding the paperwork, therapeutic process or policies of my practice. We will then discuss in greater detail your presenting reason for seeking counsel and create a treatment plan together.
My therapeutic style is warm, open and supportive; and my hope is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to heal. This initial visit gives us both a chance to get to know one and other’s personalities and allows me the chance to properly evaluate your needs and determine whether my therapeutic style would be an effective fit for you.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy can prove beneficial in many ways. For example: it can provide support and balance when life circumstances have made you feel overwhelmed, it can enhance communication and problem-solving skills that allow you to repair and deepen your relationships with others, and it can increase coping strategies for issues such as anxiety, depression and stress which may at times make our lives seem completely unmanageable.
Depending on your particular needs and goals for treatment, engaging in the therapeutic process can lead to a deeper understanding of self, allow you to break the cycles of negative behaviors and patterns, and assist you in attaining higher levels of self-confidence and self-efficacy.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, I am licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of New York and New Jersey, and do not prescribe medications.
Is therapy confidential?
I value the therapeutic relationships I share with my clients, and make every effort to ensure that any information shared with me is handled with great care. It is your legal right and my responsibility to make certain that our sessions are kept confidential. The teletherapy software I utilize is entirely encrypted and HIPAA compliant and was designed specifically for this type of usage.
However, there are exceptions to confidentiality:
- When a person is in immediate danger to themselves or others
- If there is a case of suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults
- If records are subpoenaed by a court of law