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My Approach

"Find your COMFORT"

My clients have often described me as genuine, warm, empathic, supportive, and dedicated and attuned to their needs. I work to tailor my sessions with each client in such a way that it honors the uniqueness of who they are and their circumstances. As a NYS licensed psychologist who has worked in various hospitals and colleges in NYC over the past decade, I’ve developed my integrative style. I work using a mix of approaches that best suits you which may include: Psychodynamic Therapy and Client-Centered therapy, as well as evidence-based treatments such as Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. While much of what we will do in our work is grounded in the present, we will often explore your past experiences and relationships as a way to deepen our understandings and insights, make connections between your emotions and behaviors, and identify patterns that are counterproductive or harmful, which will ultimately lead you to become a better version of yourself.

 

My greatest hope for you is that you realize that you have everything that you need in order to be happy and live the life, have the relationships, and achieve the goals that you want. I see it as my job to teach you how to recognize, understand, and use those resources in order to get to your joy and fulfillment. I have always been intrigued by the complexities of the mind and passionate about understanding people’s core suffering and working with them to heal from traumatic experiences, teaching them how to foster loving and supportive relationships, and encouraging them to love and be comfortable with themselves in their own skin. I have a strength-based approach which is culturally aware and trauma-informed.

 

When you work with me, you come to realize that unlike other areas in your life, therapy is not a place where you are expected to “be perfect” or “have it all together.” Our sessions will be the one place where I encourage you to be as genuine and authentic as possible without any apologies. There is no need to hide things due to shame, no need to avoid things due to fear, and no need to edit or filter. Who you are and what you bring is unconditionally accepted!

I understand and appreciate how difficult it can be to find the right therapist, and I surely do not want to contribute to that stress. While looking, consider if you feel that you can connect to the therapist based on the information you can gather about them. Therapy is likely to be most successful when you have a good connection with your therapist - the quality of the relationship is so important. To see if we are a good fit for each other, I offer a free 15-minute video/phone consultation. If after that you feel like we are a good match – great. However, if you do not feel like we are a good match – no worries! I will graciously provide you with referrals that might help you find someone who is a better fit.

 

I hope I hear from you, and if you agree, I would be honored to be your ally on your journey in creating the life you’ve always dreamed about and being the person you’ve always wanted to be. I look forward to speaking to you.

LENGTH OF SESSIONS

Sessions will be conducted in person, phone, or video-chat and are 45 minutes in length. I aim to start and end all sessions on time. If you arrive late for your session, we will only have the remaining time of that 45 minutes for that session. For example: being 15 minutes late results in us only having a 30-minute session. Arriving for your session after the scheduled appointment time is over will be viewed as a "no show" and you will be charged the full fee of the appointment. 

 

FEES & PAYMENTS

The fee for sessions ($200-$300) will be arranged at the time of our first session. Unless otherwise specified or arranged, all fees are due and payable at the beginning of the session. Acceptable forms of payment include all major credit cards*, cash, check, insurance, and HSA. If you are paying by check, please have your check written out in advance for greater efficiency.

*Note: Clients who use credit-cards will incur the processing fees (3%-5%) associated with that card type, in addition to the session fee.  

 

RESCHEDULING

Life is hectic and unpredictable, as such situations may arise that make it difficult or impossible to attend a session for your regularly scheduled appointment. During these cases, I will work to provide another appointment within the week, if possible. However, if you do not provide at least 48 hours notice for cancellations you will be responsible for the fee of that session.  

INSURANCE & HSA

While I am not on any insurance panels and do not take insurance, I accept all PPO insurance plans as an out-of-network provider (which requires you to pay for sessions out-of-pocket and seek reimbursement thereafter). I will provide you with a monthly invoice (aka “superbill”) which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. In most cases, you pay the session fee upfront and then you will get a percentage of it back as reimbursement – but this varies, so check with your insurance company. Additionally, the  Health Savings Account (HSA) can be used to pay for sessions.

 

If using insurance follow these steps:

1. Contact your insurance company and inquire about the percentage that is covered for “out-of-network” and “non-       

    participating” providers.

2. Ask about the “maximum allowed amount” per session (aka the “reasonable and customary fees”) for zip code 10001 for

    sessions with a Doctorate level Clinician (Psychologist).

3. Determine with them if you have a deductible for “out-of-network” providers and what that amount is.

CONFIDENTIALITY & PRIVACY

All communications between us (in and out of session) are confidential and as such are not shared. Based on the law, the information obtained from any communications cannot be shared with anyone unless I receive written communication and consent from you. However, there are exceptions which include: any disclosures of engagement in or knowledge of child or elder abuse, or communication of intent to harm yourself or others. As a mandated reporter, I am required by law to report these incidents.

 

MY COMMITMENT TO YOU

As your therapist and ally, I make a commitment to you to help and support you in your efforts to reach your full potential and experience a fulfilled and happy life. As such, I will be there with you on your journey to provide my expertise and knowledge, support, encouragement, acceptance, integrity, honesty, respect, and care. My goal is essentially to help you reach your goals and become a better version of yourself and have the life that you desire and dream of. I vow to elicit your feedback about our relationship and my approach in an open and non-defensive way to increase our productivity and your growth and safety. I encourage you to ask questions throughout the process and communicate any misunderstanding, confusion, or feelings/reactions that may arise. I am committed to your mental health, your growth, your success, and everything that makes you, YOU!