Individual counseling will take place in my cozy Park Slope office near many forms of public transportation. I hold office hours Mondays through Thursdays. Day and evening sessions are available for both in-office and web therapy sessions.
I provide virtual therapy through Doxy.Me, a HIPAA compliant, confidential and encrypted video platform. This has been an ideal option for individuals with a busy schedule or living in remote areas of NY and around the world.
15 Minute New Client Consultation - Free
Initial Assessment Session - $150
Continuing Sessions (60 Minutes) - $150
Continuing Sessions (45 Minutes) - $125
Short Session (20 Minutes) - $50
Therapy is not a cheap investment, albeit a wise one, especially in the long run. If you have been in the market for a therapist, you’ve probably realized the limited availability, not many in network providers, and rates higher than you might have expected. I understand how frustrating that can be. Finances should not be a barrier to mental health. Healthcare should be available to everyone. If the rates here are not affordable for you, please call (800) NYC-WELL toll free to speak to a representative who can connect you to affordable services in an area near you.
However, like many industries, you get what you pay for. Many clinics have a variety of therapists, but those workers usually have very high caseloads (75+ at times) and do not have the time or energy to fully conceptualize your needs outside of your 30-45 minute session. I’ve been that therapist! It didn’t feel very good for me or my clients. In my private practice, I am happy to provide a more flexible and personalized treatment model in which I am available to my clients in between sessions when needed via phone, text, email or secure video chat.
Private Pay - Private pay may be the best option for you if you do not have insurance or if you would like more control over the frequency, duration and/or style of therapy you receive.
Out of Network Benefits - Out of network benefits are benefits provided for you by your insurance company. This benefit reimburses you a certain percentage of the therapy fee (usually between 20%-80%). Apps and websites like Better (click here) are making this option easier and easier including mobile submissions and direct deposits.
Health Savings Account - You may have an employer-based or individual health savings account that you use to pay for healthcare costs from a designated account which is not taxed. This can be a great way to save costs on not only therapy but other healthcare providers and expenses as well.
Why myself and so many others no longer work with insurance companies directly:
The role of managed care companies is to ensure basic health. In mental health, this can be illustrated by thinking of a person who meets the minimum 6 criteria for depression. Once some of those symptoms go away by ventilating ones feelings, learning new coping skills and challenging negative thinking styles, the person is no longer “meeting diagnostic criteria”. The insurance company sees continued treatment as “not medically necessary” in this case because now the person has only 4 or 5 of the symptoms related to the illness. This definition of wellness is usually not the goal of the people I work with. Feeling less depressed may be a part of it, but working on larger life issues and patterns tends to be the bulk of the work once the overwhelming feelings have subsided and the individual is able to stop living in survival mode.
For some, having a mental health diagnosis in their medical records is something they would like to avoid. While I am an activist in ending the stigma of mental health, I also understand that a label is not an option for some individuals depending on profession, life circumstances or personal preference. In order to use your insurance benefits even out-of-network, a diagnosis must be in place.
Some styles of therapy are not covered by insurance, duration of treatment is usually capped at 50 minutes per week, and sessions per year vary from 10 visits per year to ~40. For many of us, 10 sessions per year is simply not enough and puts undue pressure on both the client and therapist to “get it all done” in too short of a time period. Rushed therapy is not going to change your life.