Frequently asked questions about our therapy practice

It’s totally normal to have questions about the therapy process before diving in. Here, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that potential new clients ask before starting therapy in New York.

What does the therapy process look like?

We start by offering a complimentary 15-minute consultation. This allows us to see if we might be a good fit for each other, and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We will also talk about what you hope to get out of therapy, and logistical things like your scheduling availability.

If we choose to move forward, we’ll set up an intake appointment. During this session, we’ll ask you more detailed questions in order to get to know you better. We’ll also discuss your goals for counseling and work together to form a treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique situation.

Do you offer virtual appointments?

Yes! Our practice is exclusively online. Many people prefer virtual therapy for the comfort and convenience it provides. It can be easier to talk about sensitive topics in an environment where you already feel safe (think: your own office, your couch, or even your bed). It also saves time since you don’t have to commute across town just to head back home after an hour or so.

Virtual therapy is also strictly confidential. We use a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform for our video calls so your information stays private. You also don’t have to worry about bumping into anyone in the waiting room. Just open your computer and you’re good to go.

How long does therapy take?

There is no standard timeframe for therapy. After all, each person is different. We all have unique needs, preferences, challenges, and strengths. You shouldn’t have to fit a prescribed formula for how therapy is “supposed to” go–therapy should be tailored to fit you.

Some people are in therapy for a few months, others for a few years, and others somewhere in between. Many people take breaks throughout their therapy journey as their needs change. Rest assured, we’ll work together to make a plan that makes sense for you.

What kinds of issues can therapy help with?

Therapy can help with just about any issue you experience. Working with a professional who’s removed from your situation can help you gain perspective around your situation. Therapy also helps you learn more about yourself and learn new ways to think, act, and cope to help you reach your goals.

As therapists in New York, we support people with all sorts of different challenges. From anxiety and disordered eating to trauma and relationship issues, our virtual therapy space is a supportive environment where you can feel heard.

Can I use my insurance?

We choose to work independently from insurance companies. This allows us more flexibility when creating a treatment plan that supports your goals. When working with insurance companies, we’re limited by what they choose to cover (or not cover). 

Insurance also requires a diagnosis, so being out of network providers allows us to work with you without having to give you a potentially stigmatizing, sometimes unnecessary diagnosis. Instead, we can work together without constraints from an insurance company that doesn’t know you personally.

If your insurance company offers out of network benefits, you may be able to receive reimbursement for sessions. We recommend contacting your insurance company directly to get a better understanding of your benefits.

How can I get the most out of therapy?

The fact that you’re asking this question means that you are motivated and invested in your own growth and healing. Good for you! While there is no formula to guarantee a certain outcome in therapy, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of our time together.

Show up–literally and figuratively

While it may sound simple, attending sessions regularly is essential to help you get the maximum benefit from therapy. It’s hard to make consistent progress if you can’t commit to showing up to sessions regularly. 

Beyond keeping appointments, it’s also important to be present during our sessions. That means putting distractions aside and really focusing on our conversation. If that’s something you struggle with, we can teach you grounding skills to help.

Practice skills outside of session

Attending our sessions is vital. With that being said, true growth happens outside of session. Applying the skills you learn in session to real life situations will help you get the most out of our work together.

This is certainly easier said than done. However, each time you practice is an opportunity to grow. Plus, it gives us the chance to troubleshoot next session. From there, we can make adjustments to help things go even better next time. 

Be honest with yourself–and with your therapist

It can be tough to face hard truths about yourself. However, that’s a big part of the therapy process. Though it can be painful in the moment, getting in touch with your genuine self will help you lead a more authentic, fulfilling life in the long run.

We’ll be here to guide you every step of the way. It can be tough to get vulnerable with yourself, let alone another person, but we’re here for the sole purpose of helping you grow. You can expect us to be totally upfront with you as well. Together, we can make sure that you reach your goals.

Still have questions? We have answers.

While these are many of the most common questions we get, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Therapy is an incredibly personal process, so it makes sense that you may still have some lingering questions about what therapy will look like for you. If this is the case, we encourage you to reach out. We offer free 15-minute consultations so that we can address whatever questions, concerns, or feedback you may have for me. We look forward to hearing from you.

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