Frequently Asked Questions
- What about bad weather?
I have an office in the Columbus Circle area (1841 Broadway -entrance on 60th Street -Suite 711). It is always the clients choice to make the ‘weather call’. But having experienced the walk and talk process, most clients are reluctant to return to an office setting for their session. We will either reschedule or grab an umbrella and soldier on. But the office is an option.
- Is this a cardio workout?
No. This is slow to moderate walking, not running or even fast walking. There is nothing physically strenuous about the session. But will you feel better after a 50 minute walk? You bet you will.
- Typical locations?
Everyone seems to love sessions in Central Park. Other popular routes are along the river, Battery Park, and Riverside Park. Some choose a route near their work or home, along a quiet side street.
- Typical times?
Your choice, based on availability. Some choose a session before work, as sunrise in Manhattan can be quite moving. Many choose a time around their lunch hour or after work. One of my main goals is to make this as convenient as possible. If getting to your therapy appointment is just another hassle – why do it?
- What is your Therapy style?
While many therapists focus on past problems and traumas, I focus on helping clients resolve current problems quickly. I want you to feel better as quickly as possible and I feel this is best accomplished by focusing on TODAY.
My style of therapy is proactive, imaginative and solution focused.
Active vs. passive.
Straightforward without being harsh.
Encouraging without pressuring.
My work is experiential: it’s not about rehashing the same thing over and over again, it’s about finding a way to “get it” at a deep level, so that you can make the changes you need. Working as a team, we are able to create a plan to turn your life around.
My clients have been my most challenging teachers. I marvel at their resilience and strength. It is a privilege to work with them and I have learned from each story and each struggle. They are the heroes of their own lives.
- Are you licensed?
Yes, I am an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), which is New York’s highest licensing level for practicing therapy. My license number is: 75-075831. I am also a member of NASW, National Association of Social Workers.
- I am thinking of using my insurance benefits to pay for therapy. What are the pros and cons of this?
*Cost. If you see a therapist that is in your network, you only have to pay your copay.
*Monitoring. Your insurance company will closely monitor your progress to insure that you are making progress and getting the appropriate treatment.
*Ease of referral. Your insurance company will provide you with a list of their approved therapists in your area
*Limited sessions. Your insurance company will authorize a limited number of therapy sessions and then based on your progress, will either authorize continued treatment or not. If you decide to continue past this point, you will be responsible for the full cost of continued sessions.
*Diagnosis. In order to access your insurance benefit, your assigned therapist is required to diagnose you with a mental disorder. The record of this diagnosis can follow you for years to come and may make it more difficult to obtain insurance in the future. It will also become part of your MIB profile. MIB is the Medical Information Bureau and is the centralized clearing house for health insurance usage – performing essentially the same task as the credit bureaus do for you financial information.
*Loss of confidentiality. If you are using your insurance to pay for therapy, you should be aware that they have the right to know why you are going to therapy and what progress you are making. They have the right to audit your therapist’s files and notes and ask questions of him/her regarding your issues.
*Lack of availability. Due to several of the above issues, many therapists limit the number of their clients who are using managed care benefits and usually reserve their most convenient time slots for private pay clients.
*Limited specialties. Many of the more experienced and more established therapists have removed themselves from managed care panels. This may make it difficult for someone using their insurance benefits to find a particular specialty or a certain level of experience.
- Do you accept insurance?
I am accepted by all health insurance carriers as an Out-of-Network provider. I am not on any managed care network panels. The fee is paid in full at the end of each session. At the end of each month, I provide my clients with invoices which they are able to submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement.
- How do I access my out of network benefit?
On the back of your insurance card, there should be a toll free number for questions related to your mental health benefit. When calling, be sure to check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- What is the usual and customary amount for a therapist in New York, NY?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?