An initial consultation might be a good way to begin to ask this question and others. Even if you you feel that you may be able to work things out on your own, many people benefit from the opportunity to address what has been bothering them with a therapist.
The short answer to this question is: it depends! Some people experience relief within the first few months of treatment. For others it takes longer. Your goals may also change in treatment, and you may decide to continue to work on issues that you realize are important to address. We will discuss your timeline as we go.
Sessions are typically 45 minutes long. Trauma processing is sometimes scheduled for longer sessions.
Your confidentiality is of the utmost importance in therapy. Both to ensure that you feel safe to speak openly, and in accordance with HIPAA, your personal information will not be shared with anyone without your express written consent. The only exemptions to this relate to my responsibility to protect you or anyone else from any imminent danger. We will review this together when we begin.
I try as much as possible to help you understand your insurance benefits and to be able to use your out-of-network benefits for our therapy. Either I will provide you with the necessary forms for you to submit for reimbursement or I may be able to submit claims on your behalf electronically. Here are some important questions to ask your insurer:
Fees are handled at the beginning of each session. Generally clients pay by check, cash, Paypal, Chase Quickpay or Popmoney.
My office is located on the UWS at 680 West End Avenue, Suite 1F. The entrance is on 93rd Street, between West End Avenue and Broadway, conveniently near the 1, 2 and 3 train lines.