How do I know if you're the right therapist for me? The only way to know is to sit in a room together, and see what it feels like to talk to me. It's very much your right to "shop around" and find a therapist who's the correct match for you. That said, you might participate in therapy with me if you're experiencing:
a belief or interest in mindfulness and the mind-body connection
anxiety and/or difficulty managing stress
overwhelming physical and/or emotional reactions experienced by survivors of sexual assault, rape, or sexual abuse
a difficult life transition
challenges related to pregnancy, fertility, and/or new parenthood
relationship issues, separation or divorce
a desire to recognize or re-affirm your strengths and/or to get "unstuck"
What are your credentials and experience? I am a licensed psychotherapist and LCSW in both Pennsylvania and New York. Having received my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University, I have provided therapy and support services in private practice, schools, mental health clinics, and non-profit agencies serving families. I also have experience supervising and training other therapists and graduate-level interns in clinical social work.
Post-Graduate Professional Development/Training:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Penn Program for Mindfulness
Utilizing Mindfulness Practice in the Therapy Setting
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Private psychotherapy practice, Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY from 2014 - present
Clinical Supervisor, Safe Horizon Counseling Center, Brooklyn, NY
Bilingual Psychotherapist, Safe Horizon Counseling Center, Brooklyn, NY
Bilingual Clinical Social Worker, FEGS Manhattan Counseling Center, New York, NY
Clinical Social Worker, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, NY
Social Worker, LYFE Program, Long Island City High School, Queens, NY
Counselor, Women In Need, Inc., New York, NY
So, you work with trauma; how exactly can you help? I can help you in your healing process by working with you to recover your sense of well-being. Maybe you're having trouble managing emotional or physical reactions while trying to make sense of your past experiences. These are normal and expected after experiencing trauma. In our work, you will learn:
Grounding, mindfulness and stress management skills
How to use your strengths to cope with overwhelming emotions, memories, and physical responses
How thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by each other, and how to let go of unhelpful thought patterns
What if I want to learn the above-mentioned skills but I haven't experienced that type of trauma? We have all had profound and affecting experiences from which we need to heal. I recognize that you are a unique individual, and I will treat you with that respect by helping you learn the skills that make sense in your own life. Together, we will find useful and effective solutions for you.
Session Information: The initial consultation is 60 minutes, and is an important step in deciding if we are the best match for therapy. We can speak briefly over the phone before you come in, but I believe that it's most helpful to sit in a room together so you may determine your comfort level. I offer 50 minute individual sessions. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis.
48-hour Cancellation Policy: Your weekly appointment is reserved for you in advance to ensure that you have a consistent and continuous experience in treatment. Therefore, there is a full-fee charge for missed or broken appointments with less than 48-hours notice.
Rates: My rate is $150 for individual sessions. If there is financial hardship, I'll work with you to find a reasonable solution, and a reduced rate can be arranged if appropriate. Payment is due at the time of each appointment, and I accept cash, checks, Venmo, and credit cards.
Insurance: I am an in-network provider with Penn Behavioral Health and Highmark Blue Shield. I am an out-of-network provider with most other insurance plans. As you may be eligible for reimbursement for each session, it's best to contact your insurance provider for information about your plan. Please contact me with questions; I can walk you through this as it can be confusing! Some helpful questions include:
What is my reimbursement rate for an out-of-network therapist?
Do I have a deductible? How much is it and has it been met?
Do I need a referral from my primary care provider?
What amount/percentage will my plan reimburse?
How many sessions per year are covered?
What information/forms do I need to submit in order to be reimbursed?
I'll provide you with a receipt of services (a 'paid' bill) that you can submit for reimbursement. You will be required to pay for therapy at the time of the appointment and then get reimbursed by your insurance provider.