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Is therapy right for me?


Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, emotions and behaviors that feel out of control, conflict, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?


A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, unbiased perspective, and enhanced coping strategies for the particular issues that you are struggling with. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can facilitate reframing of a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationship with yourself and others
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with various life stressors
  • Managing difficult emotions, such as anger, guilt, grief and others
  • Improving communication skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is therapy like?


Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 45-50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Skills and strategies for your unique needs
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance 

Do you accept insurance?


I am considered an out-of-network provider.

All insurance companies are different and I advise that clients check with their individual providers to fully understand their out of network benefits. It might be helpful to know if your insurance company covers mental health out of network benefits, how many sessions they cover, what is the deductible, and how much they reimburse for each session.

I am happy to provide you with a detailed statement listing the applicable diagnostic/procedure codes so that you can follow up with your insurance company for reimbursement. Please note, I do not process insurance claims.

 

How long will I be in therapy?

Sessions are generally scheduled on a weekly basis and services last as long as you and your provider agree they are necessary.  The treatment process is goal oriented and sessions begin to taper off as you approach the ending phase of services.

Who do you work with?


In my practice, I work with individuals, couples and families. I also facilitate ongoing psychotherapy groups.

What approach do you use when working with clients?


Every client’s needs are different. I work collaboratively with each client to understand what would be most helpful.
I work in a variety of ways, depending upon the unique needs of the client, couple or family. Psychotherapy is a highly unique opportunity to learn about oneself. At any given time, this process may require me to be interactive and direct or more reserved and reflective as I help my clients focus on and clarify their needs, feelings, and thoughts.
Psychotherapy has the power to help people discover, identify and understand feelings and behaviors that often create confusion, anxiety, uncertainty or loss of control. Learning how to put difficult feelings into words helps to develop a greater sense of inner control, compassion for yourself and others, and increased well-being
My style is warm, empathic, non-judgmental, compassionate, insightful, direct and proactive.

Who are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT'’s)?


Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals with a minimum of a master’s degree and two years supervised clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists (commonly referred to as LMFT’s) are trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, marriage and family therapists focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment.

LMFT’s treat predominately individuals, but also provide couples, family and group therapy. Whomever the client, family therapists treat from a relationship perspective that incorporates family systems.

What are the qualifications of LMFT'’s?


LMFT’’s are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who have graduate training (Master’s or Doctoral degree) in Marriage and Family Therapy. In order to be licensed in the state of New York, individuals must receive a minimum of 1,500 clinical hours.  Lastly, LMFT’’s must pass a state board licensure exam.

Is therapy confidential?


In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

How do I get started and what can I expect?


To get started please call me directly at (917)399-3837.  You can also click on the “Contact” tab on this website to get in touch.

I speak briefly to all prospective clients by phone prior to setting up an initial consultation appointment.

The initial consultation appointment takes approximately one hour. This meeting provides us with an opportunity to discuss your interest in coming to therapy at this time, and to take some time to evaluate your specific needs. As part of the personal nature of the work between client and therapist, it is important to make sure the professional relationship is a good fit for both parties.  If we decide to proceed, we will typically meet on a weekly basis for 50-minutes per session. The frequency and length of the sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of the client and the treatment.

 

To get started please call me directly at (917)399-3837.  You can also click on the “Contact” tab on this website to get in touch.

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