Questions are important. Couches are not.
A common misconception of therapy comes from Hollywood’s outdated portrayal. We’ve all seen it; the patient lying on a couch offloading to a silently-nodding, all-knowing shrink.
My approach to therapy is based on identifying the practical and actionable behavior changes my patients need to take to address whatever issue is holding them back. That starts with conversation.
While I do have a very comfy couch in my office, it’s not for laying on. It’s to make you comfortable enough where we can have a constructive conversation based on trust, transparency and vulnerability.
I follow evidence-based approaches that, over time, have proven efficacy in many trials. I meet my clients where they are at, and depending on their needs, I offer one of the evidence-based approaches or combine it to help them towards their goals. Some of those treatments include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and more. For more detailed approaches and training, please check out my bio.
I accept credit card (debit, credit), cash, check. Full payments are due at the time of service.
I am an out of network provider, meaning I do not accept any insurance. However, I provide superbills/invoices that clients could submit to their insurance for some reimbursement. I encourage my clients to contact their insurance to ask for their reimbursement rates, as some do not reimburse.
As soon as you contact me, we schedule a quick call to get some information down, and once we decide to move forward, we can schedule your first intake appointment. This appointment is for us to get to know each other and for you to determine if I would be a good fit, and for me to decide whether I can deliver on what you need and meet your expectations. Most of the time, after the first session, we would know whether its best to move forward. The treatment mainly begins following the intake session(s) – sometimes intake sessions may take a bit longer than just one session.
I have a saying: treatment may begin the moment you reach out – that is the first step you have taken for yourself, and that is plenty!
No, I do not prescribe medication (for more explanation, refer to the question about the difference between psychiatry vs. psychologist). However, I am connected to well-versed psychiatrists around the city, and should you be interested in medication or we thought it might be a good idea together, I can provide referrals and get you in touch.
It is important to note; when I refer you on, I am not responsible for your treatment and medication. It is just guidance to get you connected, should you be interested.
You know when you know. The critical aspect of treatment in psychotherapy is it is not magic, and it does not happen instantly. It takes time. Therapy is an investment in yourself and your mind. As every good thing takes time, treatment in therapy takes time as brain mechanisms are being worked, some new neurons are being created, and new stronger brain muscles are being built. Depending on your goals, and how specific they are, and how much you are applying it outside therapy dictates being on track. That being said, there is no thermometer measuring whether it is working or not, clients know whether what we are working on is aligned with their goals and is working, most of the time the answer is yes.
My office is located at 140 Broadway, New York, 10005, NY