Frequently Asked Questions about Online NYC Psychotherapy
What kind of therapy do you do?
I am a psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapist which means that the work I do strives to help you know yourself deeply so as to give you the opportunity to have real agency in creating the life you want to live. You will learn to start noticing your own patterns and behaviors, and will grow the capacity to engage in your life in a way that is conscious and intentional, rather than driven by some unknown, unhelpful (and often untrue) message you internalized years ago. My goal is to help you to develop a way of thinking and operating in the world that really takes into consideration all parts of you, all of your varied layers, and to teach you how to make the lasting changes necessary to live a conscious, engaged, fulfilled life.
Where are you located?
Everywhere! For your convenience, my practice is conducted exclusively online, via HIPAA-compliant videoconference. Whether you are stuck at work for a crucial deadline, juggling a million doctor’s appointments, or traveling to a business meeting in Denver or Denmark, all that is required to get to my office is a reliable internet connection and, if you prefer additional privacy, a set of miked headphones.
Is online therapy for me?
Virtual therapy can be a phenomenal way to make time and space for support, self-exploration, understanding, and growth. It has been shown to have similar outcomes, in terms of patient satisfaction and self-reported growth, as in-person treatment. That said, online therapy is not for everyone. If you have been diagnosed with a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe major depressive disorder, or panic disorder, then seeking treatment with an in-person treatment team is recommended. Additionally, if you are navigating significant alcohol or substance abuse, then online therapy is not likely to be the right level of care. Most importantly, if you experiencing suicidal thoughts, you should call 911 or seek immediate care with your nearest emergency department and continue in follow-up care with a local, in-person therapist.
What about Talkspace or BetterHelp?
These can be great options. They are affordable and easy to access. Things to keep in mind are that these platforms can have a high turnover rate, which might mean you have to cycle through several therapists, and these platforms are usually designed for shorter-term, directed problem-solving, not necessarily for deep, introspective work. Also, both Talkspace and BetterHelp have information in their fine print that states sessions through their service are not a substitute for treatment with a licensed mental health professional, and that they do not verify the skills or licensure of the "counselors" provided by their platforms. These commercial platforms might be just the right option for your needs, but if you are looking for deeper, ongoing work with the same licensed therapist, these might not be the best choice for you.
Do you take insurance?
I accept insurance as an out-of-network provider. If you have out-of-network benefits included with your insurance plan, I am often able to directly and electronically bill insurance companies (usually Aetna, Anthem/BCBS & United, but this varies by plan) so my patients are only responsible for paying me their co-pays. Otherwise, I am happy to provide you with a monthly receipt called a “Superbill” that you can use to seek reimbursement directly from your insurance carrier. There are also a variety of Apps that are designed to make the reimbursement process easier, and I am happy to pass along the information I have from what my patients have shared about their experiences with the available options. Please note that not all insurance companies include teletherapy as a covered benefit and it will be your responsibility to confirm with your plan that our virtual sessions will be covered.
How long is a session?
I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. Our initial video session will be 60-minutes and ongoing sessions thereafter are 45-minutes each.
How often will we meet?
Many people meet with me once per week. In some circumstances, I meet with people twice or three times per week. We will talk about what frequency works best for your specific circumstances, however it is important to understand that meeting weekly, at minimum, is a vital part of successful treatment. The consistency of a weekly session contributes to the development of a therapeutic relationship that is secure, and fosters the feeling of safety and trust that will allow us to work on a deeper, more effective level.
How long will this take?
Great question. While many therapists (and infomercials) promise rapid results in as little as 6-weeks time, I am not interested in offering you a false magic wand. While finally having a safe space to express and process everything you’re experiencing may help you to feel somewhat better pretty quickly, the process of deeply knowing your true self and the patterns that deter you from really engaging in your life in the ways you long for takes time. It takes time for us to get to know each other, to build a relationship, to build trust, to peel back the layers (gently, but in a way that challenges you to take the risks necessary to grow), and to develop and implement strategies for lasting change. That said, we can work together for as long as you experience our time together as a space for continued growth. Part of our work will be to talk about what that will mean for you.
Who do you help?
I help dynamic, intelligent, driven people who are struggling to translate their academic or career success into relationship or personal life success, whether in dating, marriage, building a family, assimilating into parenthood, life transition, or just overall day-to-day happiness.