In compliance with state guidelines, we are providing HIPAA compliant teletherapy to continue to meet the mental health needs of our community at this time. During the course of the pandemic, even if you live outside of New York state you may be eligible to receive telehealth treatment from one of our providers. Also, insurance companies have universally elected to cover telehealth services for the duration subject to the usual deductibles and co-insurance. Please contact us for additional information.
While we do not bill insurance companies directly, if you have a PPO or another plan that allows you to select an out-of-network provider, you may be eligible for reimbursement. While you are responsible for payment at the time of service, we can assist reimbursement by directly submitting a billing statement to your insurance company on your behalf.
Insurance benefits (e.g. deductibles and coinsurance) can vary significantly according to plan and employer. Your employer may also revise your benefits during the course of treatment. For this reason, we recommend verifying the extent of your out-of-network mental health (aka “behavioral health”) benefits prior to consultation as well as tracking any changes in coverage regularly thereafter.
As psychologists we cannot prescribe medication. If during the course of treatment, you and your therapist feel that medication might be helpful we will provide a referral to a psychiatrist with whom you can consult. With your consent, your therapist will gladly collaborate with any psychiatrist, physician, or other healthcare professional with whom you also work in order to provide cohesive and coordinated care.
We offer a free 10-15 minute phone consultation before your initial session. During this phone consultation, we will discuss appointment setting and fee details. After that, we charge a set fee per 1 hour session. Payment is requested at the time of service. Checks, cash, and all major credit cards are accepted. You may also feel free to contact us by email in advance of initial phone consultation.
Therapy begins with an evaluation of your particular needs. After an initial consultation session, you and your therapist will have identified key issues and your therapist will provide a recommendation regarding treatment plan. Should we decide to work together, we will schedule once or possibly twice weekly sessions as needed. The length of treatment will depend upon the focus of treatment and whether we are addressing a short-term goal or an issue that benefits from a more open-ended approach.
At your initial couples therapy appointment, you and your therapist will discuss the immediate issues leading you to seek treatment at this time. The therapist will also ask questions of you and your partner about your relationship history as well as additional relevant background including family history. After this initial consultation session, you and your therapist will have identified key issues and your therapist will provide a recommendation regarding treatment plan as well as an outline of the Gottman method treatment approach.
The initial consultation for child's therapy is with the parent(s) only.* This allows you to provide a detailed history to the therapist as well as describe your concerns in detail. At the end of the consultation, your child's therapist will provide initial feedback as well as a preliminary treatment plan. The follow-up appointment will be with you and your child for the first few minutes and then your child individually for the remainder of the visit. At the end of this appointment, your child's therapist will touch base with you to provide brief feedback and schedule the following appointment.
*If your child is an adolescent, the initial session may include both parent(s) and child depending on the needs of the individual child as well as the presenting concern. This will be determined in the initial phone consultation.
At the initial assessment interview you will be asked many questions about your child’s history both early and more recent. It can be helpful to come prepared.
If you have copies of the following, please bring them in to the initial interview. Your clinician can make copies of any necessary papers and return the originals to you if needed.
- past report cards
- previous testing reports from school or other professionals
- any other data you think might provide useful information about your child’s academic or emotional health such as medical records, writing samples or your child’s artwork
It can also be helpful to personally review past medical records, including prenatal history and developmental milestones in infancy and the toddler years, since an important part of the interview will include a discussion of your child’s early development. Also make sure to come with any questions you might have about the process or goals. This is an important opportunity for the psychologist to help you understand and feel comfortable with the process.
To inquire about services, fees and scheduling please call us at (347) 560-4628 or email us on our contact page. Please be sure to include your name and a call back number as well as a good time window to reach you by phone.