frequently asked questions
Do you have openings?
I do. I have daytime and evening availability. I am typically not by my computer and because I am in and out of sessions, it is easiest to speak about scheduling via text message. We could set up a time for a phone consultation or schedule a session more easily. My cell phone number is: 914.484.0379. I don’t discuss private matters using text message but it’s great resource for communication about availability. I will return your text within 24 hours.
How long do you typically see clients?
Each person I meet is unique but I understand that most of us would prefer to resolve mental health concerns rather quickly. I am particularly passionate about a very short term and extremely effective protocol called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART.) You can find out more about the practice here: www.artworksnow.com If we use ART, the results are usually rather immediate and many issues can be resolved in 1-3 sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I'm considered an in-network provider with Cigna. For all other insurance companies I can submit a claim for you as as out of network provider and help you be reimbursed for a part of the cost of care. Many insurance plans have out-of-network benefits that reimburse somewhere between 50% and 80% of costs after your deductible is met. I'll ask for session payments on the day of our meeting, and then the insurance reimbursement for covered sessions will be sent directly to you. My goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you.
Insurance companies have their bottom line, and not your well being, at their core. They often limit what therapist you can see, how long you can see them for and the reasons that you can see them. Insurance companies require that I submit diagnostic codes to them, so your private mental health history is shared with them. Some people don't mind that, but some people prefer to keep their information completely private. Therapists that are contracted with insurance companies are bound by their rules. I want you to be able to make your own mental health choices. If you choose to see me, I want you to be able to decide when you want to see me and for how long. My out of network status with most plans puts you in the driver’s seat, not your insurance company.
How much do your sessions cost?
I charge $150.00 for an hour long session. For those who have concerns about costs, I like to share more information about shorter-term treatment planning so that therapy doesn't feel like an indefinite investment in time and money. I like to think of the initial stage as a six week commitment at which point we can discuss when or if it feels helpful to continue to meet.
What do art and horses have to do with therapy?
While horses and art seem relatively unrelated, they actually both serve as really important containers in the kind of psychotherapy that I practice. My training and expertise are within a specific area of mental health treatment called experiential therapy. Experiential therapy allows for participants to engage in an experience together and verbally process this experience to help them gain insight about their behavior. There is significant research to support that experiential therapy is more effective at helping us understand ourselves and others than traditional talk therapy. Having new experiences allows us to build new neural pathways and create change more easily.
Do you have horses at your office?
I do not. I work with a local facility and would love to tell you more about this service.