Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your office?

My “office” is in cyberspace, as I’m a telehealth-only practice. I see clients in New York State or Washington State virtually through a secure video platform.

I currently do not offer in-person therapy, but please check back in the fall of 2024 for potential updates on in-person offerings in New York City.

When are you available to see clients?

I see clients Monday through Thursday.

As I am on the East Coast, I have limited evening availability for WA-based clients. I have some evening slots for NY-based clients.

If you need evening availability, feel free to reach out and include your specific scheduling request in the contact form.

What are your fees (for NY residents)?

50-minute individual/couples session: $200

(60-minute individual intake: $230)

80-minute couples session: $325

(90-minute couples evaluation: $350)

Payments are accepted via cash, check, and all major credit cards, including HSA accounts.

What are your fees (for WA residents)?

50-minute individual/couple session: $185

(60-minute individual intake: $215)

80-minute couples session: $300

(90-minute couples evaluation: $330)

Payments are accepted via cash, check, and all major credit cards, including HSA accounts.

Do you take insurance?

I am considered an out-of-network (OON) provider for insurance companies. This means that counseling fees are an out-of-pocket expense due at the time of service.

I can provide you with a “Superbill” to submit to your insurance if they cover OON mental health services for individuals (couples therapy is not covered by insurance).

I do not coordinate with insurance, so contact your insurance company to verify your OON coverage before submitting a claim.

How do I get that Superbill to submit to my insurance?

Just let me know when you need it, and I will send it to you through the client portal.

Clients typically request superbills one to four times a year to reduce the frequency of submitting claims to their insurance.

Why don’t you offer Superbills for couples?

Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t typically cover traditional couples therapy. Rather, they cover individual therapy with a partner present, and a claim will only be reimbursed if this type of service was conducted and documented (a diagnosis code must be present for the insured individual).

In the past, clients have had their claims denied after submitting the Superbill I provided. My policy exists to avoid back-and-forth and confusion when it comes to insurance and couples therapy.

For more information on this, you can reference this article: https://www.thecouplescenter.org/does-insurance-cover-couples-therapy/

Do you offer a sliding scale for clients with limited financial means?

I have a set number of reduced-fee spots reserved for clients with demonstrated financial limitations.

Currently, all of my reduced fee spots are filled. I do my best to open up at least one spot every six months, so you can always check back or contact me directly to inquire about my reduced-fee availability.

What is your cancellation policy?

I have a 24-hour-notice cancellation policy. You will incur the full session fee if you cancel our scheduled session with less than 24 hours’ notice.

If you need to cancel a session, you can do so through email (most clients prefer this option so they can find a time to reschedule) or directly through your client portal.

How do I know I’m ready for therapy?

You’ll know you’re ready for therapy when:

You feel “stuck” or “disconnected” in your life.

You want to connect with yourself and others more deeply.

You’re open to learning more about your cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns.

You’re committed to the therapeutic process and recognize the effort it takes to cultivate lasting change.

What are the risks and benefits of therapy?

The biggest risk I see in therapy is that things tend to feel worse before they feel better. That’s because we’re taking the time to build awareness of what’s really going on. As you become more awake and connected to the problem, it’s natural for fear, shame, and even hopelessness to set in.

The benefit of therapy is that you are taking the time to understand yourself and your experience, and you’re doing it alongside someone who will help to contain and guide you through the process. Over time, you’ll notice a gradual progression of compassion for yourself, leaving room to connect with your true desires. From there, the benefits can be boundless!

What modalities do you use in therapy?

I use approaches centered on mindfulness and somatic practices when working with clients. My approach is tailored to your unique needs, and I typically pull from the following modalities:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Somatic Experiencing
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Attachment Theory
Systems Theory
Intersectional Theory
Gottman (for couples)
PACT (for couples)

How long will I be in therapy?

That depends on a variety of factors. Typically, my clients are in therapy for as long as it feels helpful and feasible.

I have clients I’ve been seeing for around four years and others who have seen me for as short as six months, but most of my clients spend an average of around two years in therapy.

Growth, understanding, and connection are typically lifelong practices.

Is it okay to take breaks in therapy?

Absolutely. Breaks are a normal (and sometimes encouraged) part of your growth journey.

Breaks can be particularly helpful when you’ve been in therapy for a long time and feel greater capacity and confidence to navigate life without the support of a therapist.

My therapeutic philosophy is rooted in sustainability, meaning my aim is to equip you with supportive tools that transcend the therapy space so you don’t feel dependent on it.

Know that breaks are normal and helpful. You can always re-engage in therapy when you need additional support.

How long have you been in practice?

I have been practicing therapy for around seven years.

I worked in community mental health, nonprofit organizations, and group practices before opening my practice in 2022.

I have worked as a mental health therapist, coach, program consultant, and organizational development consultant.

How will I know if you’ll be a good fit for me?

If my website resonates with you, contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

From there, if we both decide we could be a good fit, we’ll schedule an intake session and three follow-up sessions. During our fourth session, we will spend some time talking about how the therapy fit is feeling.

The therapeutic relationship is central to your healing journey, so we’ll spend this time being intentional about feedback and what you think is going well and what’s not working.

You’re not locked into therapy (and shouldn’t be) if your therapist doesn’t feel like the right fit. If we come to this conclusion during our feedback session, I will offer you some referrals to work with another therapist who could better suit your needs.

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

Email is the easiest and fastest way to reach me, as I cannot answer my phone when I’m in sessions during the work day. If you prefer to reach out by phone, that is not a problem.

I do my best to respond to emails and calls within 24 business hours.

Am I allowed to ask you personal questions in therapy?

It’s natural to feel curious about your therapist; sometimes, knowing some personal stuff about them can help you feel more comfortable opening up.

You can, of course, ask me personal questions you think would be helpful to know for your healing journey. In most cases, I am happy to answer personal questions if it’s in service of strengthening our working relationship.

Which wellness apps do you recommend?

I have used Insight Timer, Headspace, and Calm for meditation. Of the three, my favorite is Insight Timer (the basic app is free, and the paid version offers many meditation courses).

Other apps I recommend are Productive (to track daily habits) and Flo (for female bodies looking to track their menstrual cycles).

What books and podcasts do you recommend for clients?

I have a list of resources you’re welcome to check out.

It includes books, podcasts, and worksheets/guides that I recommend and assign as supplemental homework for many of my clients.

What is your stance on personality profiles?

I believe personality profiles can be a fun way to introspect and recognize some of your patterns. I also believe that not all personality profiles are created equal and that, at the end of the day, it’s just one subset of data – not to be applied as a universal truth.

My favorite personality profile, which I sometimes bring into therapy, is the Enneagram. You can learn more about it and take the test on their website.