How Do I Find The Right Therapist?

There is no straightforward, simple formula for identifying the “right” therapist because the right therapist may be right for you but not for someone else.

Decades of research on the psychotherapy process show the quality of the therapist-patient relationship to be most strongly associated with progress in treatment.

So consider first whether you would prefer to work with a male or female therapist. Then schedule a few consultation appointments with different therapists and work with the one who feels “right” to you and who has the qualifications to treat your condition.

Do You Take Insurance?

My payment policy is fee-for-service only, and I am considered an “out of network provider” under insurance plans. Depending on the kind of insurance plan you have, your plan may reimburse my fees in part of in full. With your consent, I can submit claims electronically to your insurance provider on your behalf.

Is Therapy Confidential?

Yes, with some exceptions. In general, communications between a patient and a therapist are confidential and may only be disclosed with the patient’s written consent. The principal exceptions to this rule are in cases of:

  • suspected child abuse and dependent adult or elder abuse
  • a patient with a plan and current intent to physically hurt another specific person
  • a patient with a plan, current intent, and means to kill himself or herself

If you submit claims to your insurance company or if you authorize me to do so on your behalf, some information about the treatment, such as your diagnosis and the procedure code for sessions, is disclosed to the insurance company.

How Often Should I Come To Therapy?

Most patients attend one 45-minute session per week. The recommendation for frequency of sessions may vary depending on your schedule, your goals, and your condition.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

That depends largely on your therapy goals. On average, therapy lasts somewhere between 6 months to 2 years.

What Is The Difference Between A Psychologist and A Psychiatrist?

A psychologist has received a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and is State licensed to practice psychology, including clinical procedures such as psychotherapy and psychological assessments.

A psychiatrist has a medical degree (usually an M.D.) and has completed a psychiatric residency in a hospital setting. Psychiatrists are state licensed as medical doctors and can prescribe medications.

How Do I Know If A Psychologist Is Licensed?

Psychologists and other mental health professionals must be licensed by a State. In New York State, you can find out if a Psychologist is licensed by checking with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. This State office maintains an online list of licensed professionals in good standing.