Frequently Asked Questions
Whether this is the first time you are considering therapy or you have been in therapy before, I realize that you may feel some discomfort about starting up with a new therapist — even if you also are excited or relieved about deciding to address important issues in your life. My intention is to make the process feel as easy, safe, and respectful as possible. I make it a point to respond quickly to inquiries and am open to taking your specific needs into account. I hope that the answers to these “frequently asked questions” can give you a start, and I’m happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
Q: How long does therapy last?
How long you stay in therapy is always up to you. Some people prefer a short term approach that is focused on a particular goal, such as starting to date, or, in the case of financial psychotherapy, feeling more empowered about investing or budgeting concepts. Others choose a longer term approach (anywhere from months to years) or prefer to return to therapy at points in their lives where they are undergoing important transitions or challenges.
Q: What about length of therapy for couples?
I work with couples to set specific goals at the beginning of therapy, and couples are encouraged to do homework and establish healthy relationship patterns in their daily lives. Couples therapy can be time-limited (10-30 sessions is typical) and ends when your relationship goals have been met. Of course, there are some more complex situations which require a series of goals and resolutions that take place sequentially over time. All of this can be discussed and clarified during the initial evaluation session.
Q: Will i (or we) have a say in what happens in the therapy process?
Absolutely. Therapy should always be a collaborative process and is most effective when the therapist is proficient and comfortable with a range of different approaches that can be targeted to each individual or couple. That way the therapist is flexible enough to provide structure when that is helpful, but can quickly shift to a diferent approach based upon the particular circumstances and preferences of each client.
Q: What about scheduling and how often do we meet?
Therapy ideally takes place at a regularly scheduled time, generally on a once a week basis, although sessions can be more frequent if you wish. I will consider your scheduling needs and will do my very best to offer a day and a time (either daytime or evening) that is convenient for you.
Q: Do you take insurance?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed in the State of New York to practice privately. As an LCSW, I am able to accept health insurance for psychotherapy, and you may be eligible, depending upon your plan.
To ask questions or set up an appointment, call 212-439-5102 or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
180 East 79th Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10075